Too Cool for School? Flip and Fin: We Rule the School by Timothy Gill
HOW DO FISH GET TO SCHOOL?
ON THE OCTOBUS!
Flip and Fin, the sand shark twins, crack each other up with their sea-themed riddles.
But now they have to train for a new challenge--the annual school Joke Day! If they can't be the standout stand-up comic kings, how can they rule the school?
Flip falls flat when he forgets the punch line of the old groaner, "Orange Who?" knock-knock. He needs practice!
Flip works on his routine all week, with his twin Fin acting as straight man:
"WHAT DID THE OCTOPUS SAY TO HIS GIRLFRIEND?"
"I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND, HAND, HAND, HAND, HAND, HAND, HAND, HAND!"
The sand shark twins polish their quips all week, and Fin is confident he is ready. Flip is not so sure.
When the big day comes, Flip feels stage fright setting in as he listens to his pals cracking up the class. Even Celia Starfish knocks-knocks them dead with the old Orange Who? riddle. Flip is not feeling confident when he takes the stage.
"AH... AH.... ER...."
But his twin Fin has his back. From the audience Fin feeds Flip his line:
"HEY, FLIP! WHAT DID THE BEACH SAY TO THE WAVE?"
And Flip snaps back with his best toothy grin...
"LONG TIDE NO SEA!"
Seasoned joke fans will fall for the sandbar fare in Timothy Gill's Flip & Fin: We Rule the School! (Greenwillow Books, 2014). Flip and Fin are two brash and toothy characters whose call-and-response act offers kids some simple and sophisticated riddle fare, set off by Neil Numberman's jolly and bright bottom-of-the-sea illustrations of deep-sea students. For twin fin trouble, double this one with one of Bruce Hales's tales of Clark the Shark, (see reviews here).