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Rot, the Bravest in the World!

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  205 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Rot faces a scary, squirmy new challenge and finds what makes him feel brave in this sweet and slimy companion to Rot, the Cutest in the World!

Rot is a mutant potato. Like most mutant potatoes, Rot loves mud. He plays games in it, he eats it, he even sleeps in it! So, when Rot sees the most magnificent, messy mud pit ever, he can’t wait to dive right in.

But then, Rot’s b
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 16th 2020 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Tonja Drecker
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Whoever thought potatoes wouldn't make great picture book heroes never met Rot and joined him on an attempt to overcome the Squirm.

Rot's life is great, especially when it includes mud. Nothing is better than mud—the way it squishes between the toes...fills the nose. And there's absolutely nothing ever, ever better than jumping into a big pool of mud, except when a Squirm might be lurking underneath the surface. But Rot won't give up that easily. Somehow, he has to make himself super brave. If th
MeganRuth - Alohamora Open a Book
Who know rotting potatoes and mud could be so entertaining? Add the sibling relationship factor and overcoming fears and its a fun read with your child.

Teachers could use this book for some alliteration fun.
Baby Bookworm
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Hello, friends! Our book today is Rot: The Bravest In The World by Ben Clanton, a surprisingly sweet tale of courage.

Rot, like all “mutant potatoes”, loves mud. He loves to eat it, wear it, and especially squish around in it. Seeing a marvelously murky mud puddle, Rot excitedly approaches – until his brother Snot stops him with a spooky (and fabricated) tale of the fearsome Squirm, a creature that dwells within the puddle. The Squirm is vicious and sinister and, naturally, just lives for eating
Kristin Guay
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit that I gave this book a rating of 5, not so much because I liked it that much, but I think children will really get a kick out of this book. The basic story is a group of mutant potatoes that love nothing more than mud and muck. One day, one of the potatoes named Rot discovers the most massive and messy mud pit ever. He is just about ready to jump in when his big brother Snot stops him and shouts “watch out”. Snot informs Rot that he should not jump into that amazing mud pile bec ...more
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This follow-up to Rot: The Cutest in the World is a squirmy, squelchy, muddy read. Rot is a mutant potato and just like all mutant potatoes, he loves mud. They play in it, eat it, even sleep in mud. So when Rot found a massive mud pit, he couldn’t wait to jump right in. But before he can, his older brother Snot tells him to watch out for the Squirm, a monster that lives in deep mud, slimy and gross and hungry! Snot leaves laughing, but Rot is not deterred. He just needs a good plan. Perhaps a su ...more
I read this with Mister, who didn't quite seem to understand the concept of "Mutant Potatoes," (Are they MONSTERS?...WHAT are they?! he asked several times after I explained again and again), but he jumped on board and settled down finally when I said that they were SILLY. Silly works. 4-year-old brain is still figuring out things, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or "Teamage Mootant Ninja Turtles" is his only frame of reference to "mutant". We haven't taken a deep-dive into that yet.

Once Miste
Erin Buhr
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-books
The much anticipated ROT sequel is here. In this one Rot's older brother teases him with typical older sibling tricks and Rot finds himself needing to face his fears to enjoy the much beloved mud. I love the playfulness that Clanton engages as Rot attempts find his braveness. Kids will relate to this sweet character and his latest internal obstacle. ...more
Rebecca Ann
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
There is just something about this mutant potato that I really like haha. In continuation of his life tale we learn about the squirm (worm) that lives in Rot's beloved mud and how he overcomes his fear of the unknown. There is some bullying or teasing which is possibly a red flag but it is mild and dealt with well. I'm in love with the illustrations! ...more
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
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It was kinda cute. I think for me what didn't do it was the artwork. While I like "Nahrwhal and Jelly" for some reason I am just not a hige fan of the artwork for Rot. I also feel the story was just lacking a bit. The theme itself is something that has been done many times before, though in different ways with different characters.
Just average okay book over all.
Aug 26, 2020 rated it liked it
This is an example of a picture book that isn't exactly my favorite----although I have to admit, Rot is quite the lovable mutant potato---but I can appreciate that it will be sure to have kids rolling from laughter. ...more
Aug 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Rot, a mud loving mutant potato bravery is put to the test when his older brother Snot warns him of the hungry squirm that is lurking in a messy mud pit. Rot decides he must defeat the squirm, and take back the pit. The only question is Rot brave enough to do it?
Oct 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Mutant potatoes, mud, and worms. I could see this appealing to reluctant young readers who love gross-out stuff. I could also see this one as a good read-aloud, because there is a lot of action and character voices.
I love all of the Rot books and this one is no exception! Rot finds a perfect mud puddle but his older brother convinces him that particular puddle is the home of ---- THE SQUIRM! What can Rot do? Call on all of his super powers, of course! But will they be enough to overcome the Squirm?
Lisa D
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cute book!
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is what I imagine life is like for those with siblings.
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bookaday #37. Rot the mutant potato is back, this time he not only cute, but brave! Love the puns and the pics!
Krissy Neddo
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hilarious! A must for storytime fun. Will have to buy a few copies.
Francis S. Poesy
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
I love Rot!
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This wasn’t my favorite but my boys got a kick out of it. The characters names are “Rot” and “Snot.” 😂
Jared White
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
These pictures are hideous...saying that, some kids (and adults) will probably really like them and think they're funny. ...more
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gotta love a mutant potato sequel! This is Rot, still the cutest, with some sibling rivalry. It goes off the rails a bit for me, but over all, tons of fun!
Oct 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Silly. Ugly cute.
Jennifer Van Oosbree
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fun new book from one of my favorite illustrators, Ben Clanton.
Edward Sullivan
Nov 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A new challenge for the affable mutant potato.
Kimberly Luthin
Lilli checked this out at school - it looked funny.
Jan 27, 2021 rated it liked it
A fun story for kids who like gross-out humor. My daughter wasn't a fan of the illustrations, but she thought the story was funny. ...more
cute enough
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic Rot story! I want more!
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Ben Clanton is the author/illustrator of such books as Something Extraordinary, Rex Wrecks It!, Mo's Mustache, Vote for Me!, and The Table Sets Itself. When Ben isn't doodling up stories (and often when he is) he likes to cook, explore outdoors, and play basketball. Ben lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and goldendoodle pup. Find out more about Ben at ...more

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