I'm a Manatee

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Illustrated by Ard Hoyt
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About The Book

From time to time I dream that I'm a manatee,

Undulating underneath the sea.


A little boy dreams of becoming a manatee, and what a dream it is! With his new gigan-atee manatee proportions, he sets off on an underwater adventure with his manatee friends.

About The Author

Photo Credit:

John Lithgow is the New York Times bestselling author of I Got Two Dogs; Mahalia Mouse Goes to College; Marsupial Sue Presents: The Runaway Pancake; I’m A Manatee; Micawber; Marsupial Sue; The Remarkable Farkle McBride; and Carnival of the Animals. An award-winning actor, he has starred on stage, film, and television. He performs concerts across the country and has recorded the CDs Farkle and Friends, Singin’ in the Bathtub, and The Sunny Side of the Street. Visit John at JohnLithgow.com.

About The Illustrator

Photograph © Dan Grover

Ard Hoyt has illustrated a number of books, including the New York Times bestsellers I’m a Manatee by John Lithgow and The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School by Laurie Halse Anderson. Ard lives with his wife and five daughters in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Raves and Reviews

"A charming, fanciful tale." -- People

"The writing is out of this world." -- Parents

"Sophisticated and silly at the same time, Lithgow's voice will keep kids on their toes." -- Kirkus Reviews

Awards and Honors

  • ABC Children's Bookseller's Choices
  • Child Magazine's Guide to Top Books, Videos and Software of the Year

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