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Spencer and Vincent, the Jellyfish Brothers
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Spencer and Vincent, the Jellyfish Brothers
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"Easily shareable with sibs of different ages, and they'll be delighted to join in on the goofy brotherly song." —Bulletin Center Children's Books (starred review) "Poetic, unusual...
"Easily shareable with sibs of different ages, and they'll be delighted to join in on the goofy brotherly song." —Bulletin Center Children's Books (starred review) "Poetic, unusual...
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  • "Easily shareable with sibs of different ages, and they'll be delighted to join in on the goofy brotherly song." Bulletin Center Children's Books (starred review)

    "Poetic, unusual vocabulary...make the text fun to read aloud." —Booklist

    "Johnston writes in a quirky, sweet voice that keeps the narrative moving along...watercolors by Dove have a cheery vintage feel." —Publishers Weekly

    When two jellyfish brothers are separated at sea it takes all of the ocean's creatures to help them reunite in this heartwarming tale of brotherly love.
    Spencer and Vincent are jellyfish brothers who live together in the sea, their wet and shining home. They invented a little song which went like this:

    My brother, my brother,
    he's sweet, not smelly.

    I love him from down in my jelly belly.

    One day a wave of superior magnitude separates them! The brothers know they have to do whatever it takes to find each other again. And they'll need some help along the way...

    Sometimes friends can really make a the difference. Spencer and Vincent is a story of adventures and the bond of family.

About the Author-

  • Tony Johnston is the award-winning author of more than 100 beloved children's books. She lives with her family in San Marino, California, where she grew up.

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  • Kirkus

    December 15, 2018
    Two siblings must brave the open ocean to reconnect.In this debut collaboration between Johnston and Dove, these Californian artists devise a dramatic tale of family separation. Jellyfish brothers Spencer and Vincent have only each other as the story opens, but both are so content in their companionship that they concoct a little "ditty" to sing to one another as they "[blob] along over the foaming ocean waves": "My brother, my brother, he's sweet, not smelly. / I love him from down in my jelly belly." All is well until one stormy day, when "a wave of superior magnitude" washes Vincent "into the distant distance." Try as he may, Spencer, "a bobber of seas," quickly realizes he must enlist help in order to have any hope of finding Vincent. Dove's digitally manipulated watercolors gracefully capture the great variety of aqua-toned wildlife and ocean flora that pink, gumdrop-shaped Spencer summons to his aid, not the least of whom is his whale friend Horace, himself "of superior magnitude," who gently nudges Spencer along on his mission to save Vincent from the perils of being washed ashore. Throughout this adventure, Johnston's playful narrative employs repetition as well as highfalutin vocabulary, adding a lyrical swell to the collective rescue efforts of creatures great and small.A sweet tale of filial devotion among inveterate invertebrates, offering important lessons in knowing and testing one's limits. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-8)

    COPYRIGHT(2018) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • School Library Journal

    February 1, 2019

    PreS-Gr 2-Spencer and Vincent are jellyfish brothers, looking out for each other with no parents to care for them. One morning, a "wave of superior magnitude" sweeps Vincent away. With some help from a whale named Horace, a mermaid, a seahorse, a sea star, and a passing pelican-along with a bit of personal courage and determination-the two are reunited. An author's note elaborates further on how jellyfish are not really fish at all (they are zooplankton), where they live, and several nicknames given to them. The text itself never alludes to any of these facts, focusing almost exclusively on "the whimsical ocean of imagination," with the inclusion of a mermaid and a caring whale who nudges the jelly along toward safety. The rather lengthy narrative is by turns wry and sophisticated, silly and repetitious. Children may appreciate the inclusion of so many sea creatures, along with the perky illustrations, but will need to be reminded that mermaids are fictional by comparison. VERDICT A popular subject that is better served elsewhere. Alternative picture books about jellies and sea life, such as Joy the Jellyfish by Kristen Collier and Peanut Butter and Jellyfish by Jarrett J. Krosoczka may appeal even more.-Etta Anton, Yeshiva of Central Queens, NY

    Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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