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I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean!

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  6,606 ratings  ·  307 reviews
When a giant squid takes inventory of all of the creatures in the ocean, he realizes that he's way bigger than most of them! Of course, there are bigger things lurking around . . . but maybe this giant squid with a giant touch of hubris doesn't really care? First-time author-illustrator Kevin Sherry is sure to garner fans of all sizes for his perfect-for-preschool read-alo ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 10th 2007 by Dial Books
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Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: story-time
My only true disappointment in this book was that Qui-Gon Jinn didn't float by and say, "There's always a bigger fish, my friend." ...more
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
While the illustrations are great and the overall story line is cute, I'm not really sure who the audience for this is. It was enjoyed in story time, although I'm not sure the preschoolers got the end joke. And older kids (who would get the joke) might find the simplistic text a bit boring. At the end of story time, the kids picked up all the other books I brought and looked them over but showed no interest in this one. I wouldn't go out of my way to read it again. ...more
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
*Snort.* I'm bigger than this barcode!

The kids really liked this one and I agree. The drawings were very clean, clear, and easy to follow. I almost wish this book had been designed even larger (sort of like that Actual Size series). My only gripe is that it's rather hard to do sound effects for all the other ocean creatures. Er... glub, glub?
Apr 24, 2018 added it
It's always good to have a positive attitude? ...more
Nancy Kotkin
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La Coccinelle
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I don't get it. I mean, I get it, but I don't understand why it's supposed to be so entertaining. I guess I'm not the audience.

A squid goes around telling us that he's bigger than this and that creature in the ocean. He's right, of course... until he encounters something bigger than himself. Undeterred, he uses his unique perspective to make sure he's still the biggest in his current situation.

I guess this could be funny the first time, but after that, it's likely to get tedious. The illustratio
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
We've had to check this one out from the library twice since we discovered it. Lachlan likes it that much.
The cartoon style pictures are simple and funny but convey a lot of humor. I love the bravado of the Squid who spends the first many pages of the book telling all of the other creatures in the ocean that he's the biggest thing in the ocean--bigger than you, or him, or her, or that. When he finds himself suddenly swallowed by a whale, his bravado barely flickers before he comes back with a w
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A whimsical squid brags that it is bigger than shrimp, clams, etc. until it is swallowed by a whale. Then it brags that it is the biggest thing in the whale.

If using this in a pre-school library story time have everyone stand up and sing (to the tune "I'm a Little Teapot")
I'm a great big whale (stretch arms wide)
Watch me as I swim (put hands together and make fish swimming motions)
Here is my blowhole (point to top of head)
Here are my fins (put arms against sides and wiggle hands back & forth)
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you were a Giant Squid, you might start feeling pretty proud of yourself, too. I mean, long blue tentacles, lovely saucer-like eyes, and such length! You might even get a bit cocky. Start thinking things like: "I'm big. I'm bigger than that crab. I'm bigger than those fish! I'm even bigger than that octopus!!! In fact, I'M THE BIGGEST THING IN THE OCEAN!" But pride cometh before a fall, my friend.

Still, even when this Giant Squid finds out that maybe, just maybe, he's not the biggest thing i
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Man, this was one of the best story times for excellent books I've done in a long time. Such a perfect perfect book -- few words, GIANT pictures that reach all the way to the back, hilarious punchline -- this was the perfect way to end my fish story time. ...more
Huda Fel
May 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: en-pic-books
Wt's the biggest thing in the ocean?
A squid??
No matter how big u think u r
there will always be something bigger(:
Funny story
Dawn VanLerberghe
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I think my 10 year old found this more humorous than my six year old. Great fun!
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Baby loves this book. We've read it over and over and over. Cute pictures. Funny book. Optimistic! ...more
Jenn Lopez
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another story time favorite; I LOVE to read this one out loud to the children. They point out all the sea creatures, and the ending gets a BIG laugh!
Melissa McAlvey
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, picture-books
I am rating this one on Norah's behalf. She loves this book. It is definitely a cute and quick story so I don't complain much about reading it over and over. ...more
Lynn  Davidson
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A giant squid brags that it's the biggest thing in the ocean. Then he meets a whale - oops! Funny ending and fun illustrations. ...more
Mary Lewis
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: caleb, 1000-before-k
Cute little book. My toddler really enjoyed talking about the size differences
Laura Aldridge
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
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Sylvie Gold
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Comic relief in "under the sea" story-times that may also feature the more serious "Swimmy" by Leo Lionni and "Big Al" by Andrew Clements. Children clamor to hear this one again and again, and I am happy to oblige. Great fun! ...more
Baby Bookworm
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Summer Reading Day 56: Our book today was I'm The Biggest Thing In The Ocean by Kevin Sherry, an odd yet charming tale of a squid who, comparing himself to the animals around him, believes himself to be the biggest thing in the ocean. The story is simple and goofy with an unexpected twist, and the length is just right for baby bookworms. The illustrations are simple yet colorful and fun, and JJ
Wiggles: Splish Splash the Big Red Boat
Take a Trip Out on the Sea

All the fish are swimming in the water, swimming in the water, swimming in the water...bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble, splash!
The great big fish...
The little bitty fish...

(Sung to Wheels on the Bus)
The waves on the sea go up and down, up and down, up and down, the waves on the sea go up and down, all day long.

The shark in the sea goes snap, snap, snap...
The fish in the sea go swish swish, swish...
The boats in the sea to toot, toot,
Jun 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: preschoolers, primary schoolers
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Feb 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
This giant squid is sure he's the biggest thing in the ocean. He's bigger than shrimp, clams, jellyfish, a shark (shhhh!) and even an octopus. The illustrations of the squid seem to support his claim because he barely fits within the pages of the book. There's even a fold out, tri-page to show how long his tentacles are and how many types of fish the squid is bigger than. But is he really the biggest thing in the ocean? The squid remains undaunted when he discovers he may not be. Cut-out collage ...more
The giant squid is delighted to inform readers that he is "biggest thing in the ocean." He is bigger than the shrimp, the clams, a crab, and a jellyfish. He continues on comparing himself to various other ocean-dwelling creatures until he comes up against something that causes him to change his statement, but only slightly.

This book presents itself as a great read-a-loud. The kids can guess at the upcoming animals as they get bigger. The illustrations are bright and colorful and not too busy, pe
Ha ha ha! At first, I was a little nervous about how the kids would take this book. But that ending--fabulous. I must try this on a preschool group at some time. See how well they'd do with it. A great choice for a lap-read.

10/24/12 & 10/25/12: Used this as the opener to the BIG things preschool theme. It was great! The kids loved it. I had them use their hands to imitate similar motions of the sea creatures. They loved seeing the squid get swallowed. The parents and the older kids got the endin
Dena (Batch of Books)
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Love this book!

The giant squid starts pointing out all the things that are smaller than him. But of course, there are some things that are bigger than a giant squid.

I have to admit that I was shocked when the squid got eaten. I was not expecting that. My kids seemed equally as shocked, but the next picture is of the squid inside of his predator, so that rectified any initial reaction my children and I may have had.

This oversize picture book boasts bright, cheerful illustrations with tons of p
Kendra Wheeler
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edre-4870-002
I’m The Biggest Thing in the Ocean is about a squid going around the ocean comparing his size to the other creatures that live in the ocean and being proud that he is the biggest thing in the ocean. The squid soon finds out that he is not the biggest thing in the ocean but will become the biggest thing in the “room.”

This book uses fun cartoon style illustrations that are simple but are full of color. This book lists a lot of different sea creatures that I could incorporate in my lesson.

This bo
Youth Services
Sep 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 3-5 year olds
“I’m a giant squid and I’m big.” That’s how Kevin Sherry’s new book I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean starts out. The giant squid challenges the reader to find something else in the ocean that’s bigger than him. First there’s a bunch a shrimp but giant squid is definitely bigger than them. He’s bigger than clams, a crab, a jelly fish, some turtles, an octopus, a mean looking shark and all sorts of fish. Giant Squid thinks he’s the biggest thing in the ocean until a whale makes a snack out of hi ...more
Lisa Carroll
Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful concept picture book for young children. This teaches the concept of bigger than/smaller than. Kevin Sherry keeps his words to a minimum, but he is able to get his point across through his bold and exciting artwork. Everything about this book is Big! The book is big, the colors are loud, the print is big etc. The words are at a minimum, so if this book was read a few times, the children can eventualy "read" it themselves. This is a fun story to read to children and the squid ...more
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, i-own-it, own
The first time I picked up this book and read it, I belted out laughing in the store.

The art is cute. It's a quick read for an adult, but has a lot of great repetition for children that will have them kinda' announcing the animals as they are mentioned. It's extremely fun to narrate to children, especially when done with some serious enthusiasm, which comes naturally.

I don't want to give away any spoilers, but this book is truly hilarious and the theme, as I saw it, is about self-esteem. Reall
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