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The Greatest in the World!

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This book consists of 5 related stories or chapters. It’s a hilarious but heartwarming story with a great message or moral of potato siblings fighting to be the greatest. It’s simple and would make a good book for a new reader. I love that it includes clear instructions for a game and also directions on how to draw one of the characters.
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I love everything Ben writes, and this is no exception. Kids will love the humour they have come tot know and love from all his titles.
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Mutant potato Rot Poe Tater is a happy guy, and is having an awesome day. So much so that he declares that he is the greatest in the world, This doesn't go down well with his older brother Snot (wonderfully appropriate name!) To settle matters, they decide to have a contest, and their younger sister Tot will judge the results. 
Much silliness and punniness ensues, with illustrations that fairly jump off the page.

I love this author's Narwhal and Jelly stories, which strike just the right balance between funny and cute. This book didn't work as well for me as the sea-based stories do. But the physical humour, onomatopoeia and general goofiness should appeal to a younger audience.

Thank you to Netgalley and to Simon & Shuster Canada for this ARC in exchange for my review.
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Rot Poe Tater is a mutant potato is having a good day and feels like he's the greatest in the world, but his happy song wakes up his big brother Snot who is not in the best mood. Snot tells Rot that he can't be the greatest when it's obvious that Snot is the greatest, and so starts a contest to see who is the greatest with their little sister Tot as the judge. 

The contest is filled with lots of silliness and punny jokes that may or may not be caught by the youngest readers but the fun illustrations will surely be enjoyed by many. 

I'm a huge fan of Clanton's Narwhal and Jelly series (as are my students in my elementary school library) so I had pretty high hopes for what I assume will be a new series, but Rot, Snot and Tot felt like they were trying a bit hard to be funny which tends to fall flat for me. As I said though, Narwhal and Jelly are massively popular and are always checked out so I will definitely be buying a copy of this for my library. The language is easy to read and the graphics are for sure going to appeal to a number of earlier readers.
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ARC Copy...for fans of Narwhal and Jelly big time and the same style of humor (only felt abit more...well its talking ugly but cute potatoes) with a side dish of potato related facts at the end.
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I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What an adorable story story, I wouldn't have expected any less from the author of Narwal and Jelly series. My daughter adored this book, she said the art work reminded her of a set of little figures called : Grossery Gang, and she loved all the potato jokes. She also said the how to draw your own art instructions was cool and easy to follow along.
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This graphic novel style early chapterbook tells the story of Rot Poe Tater, a mutant potato who wants to be the greatest potato in the world, and he might just be if it weren't for a tough sibling rivalry between him and his brother and sister. Through the course of the five chapters and a number of contests, they realize that the greatest in the world could also be a trio of siblings. The book ends with some fun potato facts and a step by step learn to draw tutorial to teach readers how to draw their favourite potato friend. This book is sure to be a favourite among early readers who are ready for slightly longer stories with chapters, but still rely on pictures as a strategy when reading. As a grade 3 teacher, I could definitely see this book in my class library and would recommend it to parents and teachers of children in the age 5-9 range. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!
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Ben Clanton’s new graphic novel series THE GREATEST IN THE WORLD! is delightful.
Rot a mutant potato wakes up early one morning declaring he is is the greatest. His grumpy older brother Snot strongly disagrees. In order to determine who is the greatest Rot and Snot undergo a series of challenges. In need of an impartial judge the two brothers enlist the help of their little sister Tot.  
The story is engaging and the illustrations are simplicity at its finest.  Included at the end of the book are interesting facts about potatoes and a drawing lesson.
Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced digital edition of this book.
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an electronic copy to read and review. 

Honestly I have no idea how I missed this series by Ben Clanton. I'm a HUGE fan of Clanton's work - especially Narhwal and Jelly. My daughters love the Narwhal and Jelly series but I think this one will be perfect for my son. He is just about to start grade 1 in the fall and is looking for longer books that he can use pictures to read and that we will both like. 

A great classroom addition.
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