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Author: Courtney Dicmas

Illustrator: Courtney Dicmas

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Publisher: Childs Play International, 2014

Material: hard cover

Summary: Stella is a little girl with big dreams. Her goal is to catch the Great Googly Moogly, an enormous fish with scary yellow eyes and a terrible jaw. Will she catch the Googly Moogly? And what will she find when she does? This is a bedtime story for children of all ages.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 9 and Up

Interest Level: 4 and Up

Age of Child: Read with children ages 3 and 5.

Young Reader Reaction: My five year old especially loved this book. She picked it to read at every story time, multiple times a day. She loved repeating the name and would shout out "Googly Moogly!" when the phrase came up in the story.

Adult Reader Reaction: I also loved this book. It's a sweet story about working hard to achieve a goal and perhaps more importantly, how to adapt to a change and then move forward. It's also a beautifully illustrated work. I wasn't surprised that my children liked the book, but I was surprised that my daughter picked this one to the exclusion of all other books.

Pros: This book is appealing to little kids on so many levels: the story, the theme, the illustrations, word choice, and "word phrasing," too.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. I will be buying this book, it's just a fantastic story for kids.


Educational Themes: Sharing this book is fun when you want to play with words. It is also a story that illustrates the idea of working hard to achieve your dreams.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, fantasy, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2015

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