Author: David G. Derrick, Jr. Ages 4 – 8 (Easily enjoyed by children ages 2+). 36 pages. Immedium. September 2010. ISBN-13: 978-1597020213. Fiction.
At a Glance:
Sid the Squid decides he would like a job… he just doesn’t know what kind of job he wants. He meets a little girl who helps him try out several careers: directing traffic, fighting fires, being a chef, actor, window washer, dog walker, pit crew, and working for the electric company. Just as he is about to give up, he finds the perfect job working at the aquarium.
- My son loves Sid the Squid and I love reading it to him. We highly recommend this book.
What I Appreciate About this Book:
- Fun and lively illustrations. (Illustrations invite my son to ask lots of questions.)
- Engaging Story.
- We’ve owned this book for over a year and still read it regularly. (Does not sit and gather dust on our shelf.)
- Found my son “reading” this book to himself today. When I asked what he was reading he said, “Sid the Squid! I love Sid the Squid!”
- Introduces children to different careers.
- Displays Sid trying after “failures.” (Big fan of teaching my son to try and try again.)
Our Experience Reading this Book:
About a month ago I asked my son what he wants to be when he grows up. He’s three — I was just asking him to see what he would say. He shocked me when he said that he wants to be chef. I didn’t even know that he knew what a chef was. When I asked him what does a chef do, he said that, “A chef is someone that cooks for people.” Right-O. When I asked, “Where did you learn that?” He said, “Oh, Sid the Squid.” Sweet. Who knows what he’ll want to be later, but I think a chef is a great first answer. Thanks, Sid the Squid! Funny enough, ever since he told me that he wants to be a chef, I’ve been inviting him to help me cook more and he’s been accepting more. Today he cracked his first eggs and also helped make breakfast. A book that has inspired my son to help me with the cooking is nothing but a win in our house.
Admittedly, the first time I read this book I thought it was good — but I didn’t think it would be one of our regularly read books. How wrong I was! You might not be blown away with it the first time you read it (it’s good, but a lot of picture books are good) but the staying power of this book has made me glad that I bought it. The more I read this book to my three-year-old son the more I appreciate it.
- Immedium: http://www.immedium.com/products/sidsquid.html
- David G. Derrick, Jr.: http://www.davederrick.com/books-illustration/books/
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Where Obtained: Purchased myself about a year ago. Reviewing this book solely because my son and I like it and I think you and your children will enjoy it, too.