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Iced Out

2.50  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Wilfred Walrus and Neville Narwhal are the only kids in Miss Blubber’s class who are not seals. Life is tough being the odd ones out - lunchtimes and football matches and school photos all present challenges to the two outliers. And they don’t even like each other very much!

When Betty Beluga joins the class, everything changes. Betty is smart and independent and amazing at
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Cicada Books
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La Coccinelle
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, children, netgalley
This book isn't terrible, but it has a couple of problems.

The first is the cover. This is a story about anthropomorphized arctic mammals who do things like sit in desks, watch TV, and play soccer. But you wouldn't know it from the cover, which just shows a walrus, a narwhal, and a beluga swimming in the sea. People do judge books by covers (despite the saying warning us not to), and I'm afraid the cover of this one doesn't really draw a potential reader in.

The second problem is that there
Lauren Paletta
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Charming characters that become friends despite the odds. A female who wants nothing to do with a boyfriend and just wants to enjoy some friends. A couple males who, while at first are fighting over a girl and being singled out as different, learn to become friends. A trio to warm your heart. The illustrations were brightly colored and adorable renditions of arctic mammals were joyous to look at.
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Steff Pasciuti
Iced Out by C. K. Smouha and illustrated by Isabella Bunnell is the sort of children's book whose message I fully support, though I find the overall execution of it somewhat lacking. A story about being yourself and accepting others for who they are rather than judging them for their looks or things out of their control,Iced Out seeks to promote acceptance. Unfortunately, it does more to suggest that becoming friends with someone popular will make others accept you than anything else.

In general,
Linda Hill
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Iced Out is a heartwarming tale that illustrates perfectly that a child does not have to be like everyone else, especially through Betty Beluga who is a feisty independent female equally happy in her own company as well as with others.

Iced Out would be an excellent book to share with children who are not fitting in at school, or to use with classes of younger children to explore how attitudes towards others might affect them. It was so rewarding to have unusual creatures featured through the
Ideal for sharing with youngsters on the first day of school or even later as a reminder to embrace differences and not follow the herd, this picture book will be easy for many of them to understand. Wilfred Walrus and Neville Narwhal simply don't fit in with the other students in Miss Blubber's school. The other students are seals, and they reject the two of them because of their eating habits and physical characteristics. They become increasingly reluctant to even go to school. While readers ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it
This children's picture book follows the classic theme of misfits finding their way. Neville and Wilfred are different than all the others in their class and have a hard time fitting in, until a new girl joins their class and shows them it is cool to follow their own path in life.

Positives: All of the mishaps of Neville and Wilfred are charmingly funny, and the illustrations are interesting and add to the text. I always love a story that helps children learn to love themselves despite
Olga Barnes
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Great book to illustrate the idea that being different is OK. I enjoyed the fact that there was a change of dynamics between the two original characters. I felt like a lot of inferring was needed to read this book, so it will probably require a bit of conversation for the younger readers to understand what is happening and the reasons behind it.
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Nice to see different animals being used. Makes children ask more questions about them because they aren’t commonly in stories.

(Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the Publisher. Does not affect my review)
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Goofy, funny, and well, downright weird little story featuring a trio of marine mammals who learn the power of friendship and "finding your people."
Raymond Library
Jul 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
The concept is good, however I wish it was better. I also don't like that Wilfred and Neville are trying to get Betty to pick one of them to be their girlfriend... this is a picture book!
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