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oliver-cover-3Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

Oliver the Clownfish is back, and there is something fishy going on at Fish Tale Elementary!

The last time we read about Oliver, he was learning how to be a friend, despite peer pressure, to someone who stands out from the crowd because of the way they look. He had the courage to stick beside his new friend Dolly, the very colorful dolphin, even when the rest of his classmates were making fun of her. Will his courage hold up in Sticky Fins when he has to confront a friend that he knows is behaving badly, or will Oliver be convinced to join in the bad behavior?

Ozzie the Octopus loves attention! When a few objects go missing from the classroom, Ozzie comes through as the hero when he finds the objects and returns them, but how is it that he is always the one to find the missing items? Oliver had his suspicions, but he keeps them to himself. Later in the day, however, Oliver catches Ozzie alone in the classroom with something that does not belong to him. When Ozzie is confronted he tries to include Oliver in a plan to delay math class by having to search for the things Ozzie has taken and hidden. Oliver is tempted! Does he go along with Ozzie or convince Ozzie to do what is right?

Guzman does a great job of showing kids how to stand strong in peer pressure situations and to make good decisions. She has also included a “Parental Sandbar” section at the beginning of the book to help parents to understand the issue that is being addressed in the book, such as “Why do children steal?” She has also included a section of facts about octopus.

The Adventures of Oliver the Clownfish: Sticky Fins is a cute way to address both stealing and facing peer pressure situations. The illustrations are photos of coral reef settings with an overlay of playful drawings by Amy Balcerak.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Alyssa Katanic is a wife and homeschooling mother of 6 children under 10 years old. She loves reading and collecting great books to share with others and knows that one can never have too many!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Stephanie Guzman. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.