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Let's Go Swimming with Mr. Sillypants

Let's Go Swimming with Mr. Sillypants

by M.K. Brown

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Mr. Sillypants is going to learn how to swim tomorrow. He’s excited! It’s about time.

But he starts to get nervous. “I hope I don’t step on a fish,” he worries. “What if all the other people in the class are better than I am?” he wonders as he opens the fridge to make his “perfect sandwich,” a double-decker creation complete with peanut butter, tuna, and pickles. By the time he goes to bed, Mr. Sillypants is not sure swimming lessons are such a good idea after all.

When Mr. Sillypants falls asleep, he dreams that he’s wandering through a desert, then down a long road, when suddenly he plummets into a big pond. “I can’t swim!” he yells. Soon, though, his worries about swimming are far from his mind: He morphs into a fish, flees from enormous pickle monsters, and eventually turns into a shark, giving him the strength he needs to fight back.

The next morning, Mr. Sillypants wakes with a smile. Maybe his swimming lessons are going to be okay after all.

Told with warm humor and illustrated with stunning watercolors, M. K. Brown has crafted a hilarious adventure out of an everyday fear. This silly-looking man can teach us all how ordinary it is to be scared—and how wonderful it can be when we finally face our fears.

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Series: NYRB Kids
ISBN: 9781681377452
Pages: 40
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Zany, cartoony illustrations show Mr. Sillypants at his lowest ebb and in his moment of triumph (in silly trunks). This man doesn't aspire to the Olympics, he just wants to try. It's a lesson that will help children see the big accomplishments in simple tasks.
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