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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Merkitty always looked for a chance to go on land. He loved all things above water. Merkitty was excited when King Olgan asked him to get the Oracle. He handed over a map to the Oracle's house to Merkitty and asked him to go straight to her house. Merkitty wanted to show the King how helpful he could be but when he swam into the kelp forest, a mean kelpie stole his map. Merkitty did not know what to do but he followed the path through the kelp forest. He saw the Orange fish and told him that the King wanted to see him. When he took the Orange fish to the shell castle, the King told Merkitty that he wanted the Oracle and the Orange fish was not the Oracle. Though Merkitty knew he had made a mistake, he did not want to admit it. He told the King he had lost the map. The King gave him another map. Would Merkitty be able to successfully navigate through the kelp forest and find the Oracle?
Merkitty and the Orange Fish Fiasco by Kirsten Wheelock is a whimsical story that conveys a good message to young readers. The story has adventure, fun, whimsy, and a message that makes it captivating. The illustrations are as delightful and magical as Merkitty, King Olgan, the Oracle, and the Orange fish, and they bring the concept and the story to life, helping readers connect with the message beautifully. The story will teach youngsters that it is okay to ask for help and it is important to listen carefully when someone else is explaining things to them. Tutors and parents can use this book for storytelling in classrooms and homes because of the wonderful message. All the characters are adorable and this story is a lovely way to teach children to ask and to listen without making it sound difficult.