Barnacle Is Bored
by Jonathan Fenske

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  • ISBN-13: 9780545865043
  • ISBN-10: 0545865042
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
  • Publish Date: May 2016
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 3-6
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-03-07
  • Reviewer: Staff

In a mischievous skit of a story, Geisel Award Honoree Fenske (A Pig, a Fox, and a Box) introduces a dyspeptic barnacle for whom the sea grass is always greener—until it isn’t. Affixed to the underside of a dock, Barnacle has an existence that’s low on mobility and big on routine. “Every day is the same,” he groans. “The tide comes in. I am wet and cold. The tide goes out. I am dry and hot.” Fenske gives Barnacle pale limbs that dangle in the water like idle fingers and a range of grimaces and half-lidded glares. After a dopey-looking yellow fish shows up, it triggers a series of jealous imaginings (“I bet he dives with dolphins. I bet he soars with sailfish”) that abruptly ends with the arrival of a hungry eel—it turns out that being bored beats being lunch. From narration that consists entirely of Barnacle’s mopey monologue to a dockside environment defined by creamy blue water, a bit of sand, and a couple planks, Fenske keeps it simple, deploying his closing jokes with confident comic timing. Ages 3–5. Agent: Carrie Hannigan, Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency. (May)

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