Parents' Guide to

Whales on Stilts!

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

A fun and fantastic fish tale.

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age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

One of the most creative, fun books to be read aloud

Excellent story about friends. Superb story to read aloud. All of MT Anderson's books in this series are fantastic reads for pre-teens to senior citizens.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The plot here is fairly thin, but the characters and humorous details will appeal to kids (and parents and sophisticated readers, too). Lily's two friends, for example, are famous: Katie lives in a haunted neighborhood and faces off against zombies and werewolves, while Jasper is a "Boy Technonaut." Both have inspired their own series of books and have fan clubs. Fictional ads for their series' appear among the book's wonderful illustrations.

Readers will laugh out loud at the outlandish plot, Lily's clueless father (who doesn't guess his hooded boss's nature, even after watching him pour brine over his head), and the author's clever asides. It's the silliness that will sell this book. But the book really does have a heart, too: Lily, who "people didn't know was interesting," learns that she really is something special, and the friends work together, standing up for each other to the end.

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