In a flurry of irrelevant events at "boating school", SpongeBob and his incompetent friend argue, and then reconcile to save an incubating egg.
SpongeBob takes his friend Patrick Starfish to boating school. Patrick has no idea how to behave. They fight and end up in detention. While there, the heat lamp to an incubating egg fails. They team up to replace it, saving the egg and gaining some praise from the teacher. The story is inappropriately padded with nonsense as 'kid' entertainment, e.g. an underwater breakfast of toast(!) and age-inappropriate references to blank-slate minds, Forrest Gump etc.
Peer pressure, neediness and the morality of personal sacrifice prompt Franklin to contribute to his class's Xmas toy drive.
Franklin must give a gift to the Christmas toy drive. All his schoolmates bring great gifts. He believes his toys are too special to give away but he, and we, learn that his gift may be the only one a child receives. We also learn that "the best presents are special to give and to receive". Are peer pressure, need and sacrifice the right reasons for charity? Perhaps valuing human potential is better.
A pet lizard —that grows into a giant Diplodocus— is targeted by contrived-to-be-foolish scientists, politicians and generals, until Jacob helps it escape into the Rocky Mountains.
Richler's cynicism produces foolish scientists, politicians and generals who seek only to destroy Jacob's hatchling (don't ask) dinosaur, Dippy. When Dippy sees the Rockies in a picture book(!), they escape from Montreal to find their way to British Columbia. Intended as humor, Dippy sings loud enough to break glass miles away, eats entire crops, produces deafening burps and suffers from thunderous flatulence, yet the military catches only Jacob. Delete the unnecessary wordplay, and post-modern misanthropy and the point was...?
"Professor Factual" offers no facts, but his claims are sufficient argument for the Bears to join the Earthsavers Club.
This story presents common environmentalist claims, pooh-poohing those who might have a different view. Children are too young to interpret true science so only "Argument from Authority" (a Logical Fallacy) is offered by Professor Actual Factual. Contrary to the principles of ValuedMinds, this story is indoctrination, not education. Happy ending: everyone joins the Earthsavers club and happily parades their blind faith in saving the Earth.
A confusion of Greek Chorus characters tell us —they do not show us— that writers should use nouns and adjectives to show, rather than tell, the reader.
Consider: "The hall became noisy." boringly tells the reader, while "Sounds of crinkling wrappers, cleared throats, muffled chuckles and clipped remarks soon filled the hall." creates a mental image and shows the reader. Ironically, Nobisso is so busy telling us, that she fails to show us this simple point. Nobisso has added a Greek Chorus of crude animal characters who provide erratic interjections about the pages, that further muddy a subject that ought to be crystal clear. See the full review.