Spencer and Vincent, the Jellyfish Brothers by Tony JohnstonSpencer and Vincent, the Jellyfish Brothers by Tony Johnston

Spencer and Vincent, the Jellyfish Brothers

byTony JohnstonIllustratorEmily Dove

Picture Books | February 5, 2019

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“Easily shareable with sibs of different ages, and they’ll be delighted to join in on the goofy brotherly song.” Bulletin Center Children’s Books (starred review)

“Poetic, unusual vocabulary…make the text fun to read aloud.” —Booklist

Johnston writes in a quirky, sweet voice that keeps the narrative moving along…watercolors by Dove have a cheery vintage feel.” —Publishers Weekly

When two jellyfish brothers are separated at sea it takes all of the ocean’s creatures to help them reunite in this heartwarming tale of brotherly love.

Spencer and Vincent are jellyfish brothers who live together in the sea, their wet and shining home. They invented a little song which went like this:

My brother, my brother,
he’s sweet, not smelly.

I love him from down in my jelly belly.

One day a wave of superior magnitude separates them! The brothers know they have to do whatever it takes to find each other again. And they’ll need some help along the way…

Sometimes friends can really make a the difference. Spencer and Vincent is a story of adventures and the bond of family.
Tony Johnston is the award-winning author of more than 100 beloved children’s books. She lives with her family in San Marino, California, where she grew up.Emily Dove is an illustrator and author who lives in Cleveland, Ohio, where the winding rivers and fall foliage never cease to inspire her. As a certified naturalist, she uses illus...
Title:Spencer and Vincent, the Jellyfish BrothersFormat:Picture BooksProduct dimensions:40 pages, 8 × 11.5 × 0.5 inShipping dimensions:8 × 11.5 × 0.5 inPublished:February 5, 2019Publisher:Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1534412085

ISBN - 13:9781534412088

Appropriate for ages: 4


Editorial Reviews

Readers may be reminded a little of Finding Nemo in this story of one jellyfish brother who is determined to rescue another. Orphaned undersea siblings Spencer and Vincent “love each other to the very core of their jelly” and celebrate their bond with a special song: “My brother, my brother,/ he’s sweet, not smelly./ I love him from down in/ my jelly belly.” When Vincent is carried away by a big wave, Spencer enlists his ocean pals—a whale, a mermaid, and others—and employs the brothers’ theme song to help the exhausted Vincent find his way back. Johnston (Laugh-Out-Loud Baby) writes in a quirky-sweet voice that keeps the narrative moving along, and she gets surprising comic mileage from two recurring and offbeat phrases: “superior magnitude” (used to describe anything big, from the tidal wave to a whale to a triumphant brotherly embrace) and “your brother who’s sweet, not smelly?” Digitally enhanced watercolors by Dove (Wendell the Narwhal) have a cheery vintage feel, with crisp lines; smudgy, rich colors; and a cast of smiling, wide-eyed, eager-to-help characters—even a potential predatory pelican is given the benefit of the doubt.`