A girl, a flamingo, and a worried potato star in the third book in New York Times bestselling author Michael Ian Black and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s series about feelings—and why they’re good, even when they feel bad.
Potato is worried. About everything.
Because anything might happen.
When he tells his friends, he expects them to comfort him by saying that everything will be okay. Except they don’t. Because it might not be, and that’s okay too. Still, there’s one thing they can promise for sure: no matter what happens...they will always be by his side.
About the Author
Michael Ian Black is a writer, comedian, and actor who currently appears on Another Period, The Jim Gaffigan Show, and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. He created and starred in many television series, including Michael and Michael Have Issues, Stella, and The State. He wrote the screenplay for the film Run, Fatboy, Run and wrote and directed the film Wedding Daze. Michael regularly tours the country as a stand-up comedian and is the bestselling author of the book My Custom Van (and 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face), the memoir You’re Not Doing It Right, and the children’s books Chicken Cheeks, The Purple Kangaroo, A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea, I’m Bored, Naked!, and Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Bop. Michael lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.
Debbie Ridpath Ohi is the author of Where Are My Books?. Her illustrations also appear in Sea Monkey and Bob, written by Aaron Reynolds; I’m Bored (a New York Times Notable Book) and Naked!, written by Michael Ian Black; as well as ten Judy Blume chapter books and middle grade titles. For more info, visit DebbieOhi.com or @InkyElbows on Twitter.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This odd trio—a potato, a flamingo, and a little girl—take a very worrisome worry and flip it upside down until worry disappears. Potato is worried about...well, anything. Especially the future because bad things can happen. Flamingo agrees and begins to worry, too. The little girl, however, refuses to budge from reason. A fall from the table or evil peanut butter jars or dangerous accidents are possible. And this book takes a look at what to do with all of that worry. The trio demands attention and is sure to catch young readers' attention from the get-go. With simple illustration, the story concentrates (very clearly) on whether or not worry is a valid way to look at the future or not. A shivering potato is easy to sympathize with, and the flamingo adds an even more funny twist. Readers will laugh about certain incidents, and yet, see something the recognize in others. It definitely brings the message home. This makes a great read-aloud and opens the door to discussions. Kids do worry about things, and through a playful manner, this problem is nicely addressed. I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed this fun and yet meaningful tale enough to want to leave my honest thoughts.
Loved this cute little book. Potato is worried and his friends try to help him figure out why. They explore a few times when Potato was worried and things worked out just fine. He realized that he was happy and didn't need to worry. I think that this book came to me at a good time. My grandson has entered the phase of being worried about things. I took it over to read to him and he loved it. I hope that his parents can use the book to help him remember not to be worried about things so much. This is a great book for parents to bring up the conversation of worrying. I definitely recommend it.