I Am a Potato!

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Pub Date Sep 03 2024 | Archive Date Jun 17 2024

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If Creature is not a potato, what could they possibly be? Taxonomy has never been so much fun! 

‘I am a potato’, says a small, furry creature. ‘Don’t be ridiculous,’ says Dog. ‘Do you grow underground? Do you have lots of eyes? No? Then you’re not a potato.’ ‘Then WHAT AM I?’ wails Creature. Cat comes along. ‘Do you breathe air? Do you eat and poo? Do you move around? You are an animal!’ But what kind of animal is he? As his identity crisis continues, more creatures join the conversation, asking questions and narrowing down the options until they eventually work out what the creature is. 

This is a silly, delightful book that nonetheless teaches an important lesson about using the scientific method to deduce answers by observing, asking questions and eliminating possibilities. Vividly brought to life in Elliot Kruszynski’s punchy, graphic illustrations, taxonomy has never been this fun.

If Creature is not a potato, what could they possibly be? Taxonomy has never been so much fun! 

‘I am a potato’, says a small, furry creature. ‘Don’t be ridiculous,’ says Dog. ‘Do you grow...

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Oh my gosh, a new favorite in my house! My 5 and 3-year-old were both enthralled and instantly asked to read it again (we are on read-through 5). It's educational and helps kids learn about animals and what makes them who they are while also being super silly. My kids said it reminded them of a pigeon story and loved how silly the book and pictures were.

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This is a sweet little book about a mouse who think he is a potato. The illustrations were cute and the writing was simple enough for a child to read alone or with a parent. 🤓

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I was expecting this to be cute but it's utterly adorable AND educational. Poor mouse doesn't know she's a mouse, and her friends help her classify and figure out her identity. The interactions are very sweet. Thanks to NetGalley for letting me read this

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The illustrations throughout are quite adorable and I think kids would enjoy this picture book. It was very subtle but adorable.

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<i>I Am a Potato</i> is a lot of things: fun, silly, adorable, educational, dorky, amusing, and more! I really enjoyed reading Ziggy Hanaor’s short little picture book and I think a lot of children will, too. The story basically follows a young mouse who doesn’t have a great understanding of what he is as he is certain, at the start oft he book, that he is a potato. And so he and the other animals go on a little journey to figure out just exactly what this little creature is by asking a bunch of different questions to help narrow down the options.

I adored the trajectory of this book, how it teaches questioning to determine the classification of something. The characters were fun and adorable and the artwork was super cute! This is definitely the sort of book I’d love for most kids to have. A lot of the story is reasonable as far as readability for young kids, though you’ll have to help out with the longer words like mammal.

Definitely one worth adding to your shelf!

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This was absolutely adorable! I love that it's such a good example of asking questions in order to figure out a problem. And it's also a subtle but fun way to show classification of animals! The illustrations were great - very simple, enough for a child to understand, but still engaging and colorful! Absolutely will be recommending.

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Had to pick this one up because I love potatoes so much. I am part Irish, so no surprises there.

My husband is highly tickled by the fact that I read this.

Book wise, cute introduction to various animals and interesting how the they/them pronouns were used. Cute story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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“I am a potato,” the mouse cries! But is he? The other animals ask mouse questions and narrow down what he is through the process of elimination and scientific questions. Kids will learn about classifying organisms and animals in this cute story about a mouse who just wants to know who he is.

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Thank you NetGalley and Cicada Books for an e-copy of this book! You will find my honest review below.

This was such a fun read with cute illustrations! I think this is a great way to teach children the importance of asking appropriate questions and using listening skills when trying to figure something out. It also reinforces the importance of team work and being a good friend.

I enjoyed this so much that I ask my kids if they’d like to read it. My 7 year old read it to my 5 year old and they both loved it.

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Rainy days call for coloring and kids books. We absolutely loved these sweet books! The illustrations were beyond beautiful, and the stories were so fun. My son loved The Rescues Best Day Ever, because his aunt fosters dogs so he kept saying “Aunt Carlie doggies!”. I am very excited to show my older two The World is Full of Nouns! Such a fun book for elementary school. Adis New Home was super sweet and I Am A Potato was so fun! Thank you @netgalley @bookbuzzblog @redcometpressbooks for the advance copies of these sweet children’s book for our rainy day in the Midwest. ☔️🌧️ 🖍️

The Rescues Best Day Ever by Tommy Greenwald (comes out September 16)

I Am A Potato by Ziggy Hanour (comes out September 2)

Adi’s New Home by Saba Jamalian (comes out July 27)

The World is Full of Nouns by Elisabeth Lareau

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Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of I Am a Potato.

What an adorable book! Easy to read and cute illustrations.

This is a good book to teach children what kinds of questions to ask to find answers.

I like how many animals get involved to help the creature figure out what animal they are.

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This was the cutest book ever! I loved it and my toddler did as well. I think this is so fun and is a fun way to present how to determine what something is and how to investigate.

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This book had me laughing from page 1. It’s a cute way to introduce a game of 20 questions. Great for teaching deductive thinking and so cute. The drawings are sweet. I was blessed with a free ARC, and I’m leaving this review voluntarily. Lighthearted and quick to read.

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This book was silly and my kids loved it. The pictures are simple and adorable. I loved the use of they/them pronouns.

I received a temporary digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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The book was beautifully written. The author made careful word choices that were very impactful. Overall, the book was well written and I did really enjoy it.

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What could be worse than thinking you’re a potato. That’s exactly what happened to a whimsical critter in Ziggy Hanaor’s delightful lap-sit/toddler book, I Am A Potato. It’s brought to life with the cute illustrations of Elliot Kruszynski’s.

The story starts with a short furry animal announcing “I am a potato” to all his friends. Everyone is quite sure that this is not the case and one by one they ask questions to try to narrow down what our new friend could possibly be. One by one possibilities are eliminated. He doesn’t swim, he didn’t hatch from an egg, he doesn’t fly. What is left? That’s for the reader to figure out.

This book is a great conversation starter for parent and child. And by the way: Spoiler Alert??? – he is, indeed, not a potato.

This is a fun youth book from Cicada Publishing.

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This was a cute children's picture book. Honestly, it's not anything revolutionary but it was cute so it has that going for it.

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This book is hilarious and will be such a fun read aloud in libraries and classrooms! The animals help one creature discover its true identity with a series of 20 questions questions. Spoiler: it is not a potato

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Thank you to NetGalley for this e-copy of I am a Potato by Ziggy Hanaor in exchange for a honest review. This is a cute, funny , inquisitive book that propels children to ask questions. This little furry creature thinks he is a potato but when he asks his 4 friends- dog, cat , bunny and penguin , he realizes he is not. They help him find out his true identity through a series of questions. Perfect for the preschool set who are naturally curious.

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The title sold me on this one.
The science teacher in me adored it.
It is a good way of entertaining a kid for a short time but also a way to help teach problem solving and SM questioning.

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My child and I laughed the whole time reading this story of a potential potato trying to figure out its identity. Other animals help the "potato" figure out it is by asking it questions, ruling out what it cannot be. This would be a great book for a unit about animals and their characteristics!

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What a cute book for kids to learn from. I absolutely loved it and can see it being popular amongst the children at my library!

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This was such a cute and funny book. My kids laughed at the little mouse trying to figure out what he was. A perfect silly book to read to your kids.

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I am a Potato! is a picture book about a small creature that thinks they may be a potato until the other animals help them figure it out. This one was so cute and had me smiling from page one.

I loved that it took kids through each step of classifying animals. It was a great way to make them aware of the differences between reptile & mammal for instance. The illustrations are fantastic & the animals had so much character!

Thanks to NetGalley, Ziggy Hanaor, and Cicada Books for the chance to read and review!

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