Sid the Squid and the Search for the Perfect Job is an excellent picture book to introduce the topic of the “dream job”. Have you asked your child, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My family and I recently visited the Monterey Aquarium, where I purchased this picture book.
Sid the Squid and the Search for the Perfect Job by David G. Derrick, Jr. begins with a likable character named Sid, who longs for his dream job with the help of his new friend, Alice. Alice thinks that his physical characteristics can make him an ideal employee for many jobs. How about a police officer directing traffic? How about a firefighter? Each of these jobs starts out successful but ends in disaster for a variety of reasons. Sid becomes sad because he fears he will never find the job of his dreams.
This feeling ends when he discovers a whale trapped in a net in a nearby ocean. Sid swims like a “torpedo” to save the whale and finds that the job of an animal rescuer suits him the best. He also lands a job at a nearby aquarium that he loves and cherishes.
I love this book because it can teach a child a variety of different lessons including various language concepts. Begin the book discussing what a squid is versus an octopus. If you have a local aquarium with these animals, you may in luck but if you don’t, show your child a short video or some pictures of a squid online. Discuss the different attributes (squids have eight arms lined with suckers and two specialized tentacles that they use to reach out and capture prey versus an octopus which has only eight tentacles and move on the ocean floor). The author also uses abstract language throughout the book. For example, the photo above…’Walking dogs was definitely “knot” the right job’. Discuss the difference between the word “knot” and “not”. They sound the same, but how are they different? Sid the Squid and the Search for the Perfect Job is also an ideal book to discuss what your child’s dream job is. It can also leads to a nice conversation regarding the challenges of finding the dream job. Discuss a variety of new vocabulary words in this book such as “perfect”, “squid”, “tentacles”, etc. Discuss with your children about your own quest of finding a job. Compare and contrast each job in the book (e.g. dog walker, window washer, firefighter, etc.)
Does you have an iPad? Check out the Sid the Squid app! Try this book as an interactive book on the iPad here.
Do you want to find carryover activities for Sid the Squid? Check out David Derrick’s website here containing story boards, coloring pages and much more!