Feeling the feels with…Shorty & Clem

Meet Shorty & Clem! Shorty is a really short dinosaur. A shortysaurus, to be exact. Clem is a blue quail. A quail is some kind of bird.

While Clem is out, a package arrives at the door with his name on it. Shorty gets super excited and finds the box irresistible. What’s inside? A race car…trampoline…bongos…monkeys? He REALLY wants to open it, but he knows that it’s Clem’s. Should he open the box? Of course not!

But does he????

I’m not telling. 🙂

Shorty & Clem, written and illustrated by Michael Slack, showcases one of the most important things a book can do. It makes a reader FEEL SOMETHING.

This book is BIG on feeling.

Through its pages…

We experience excitement.

We experience curiosity.

We experience amusement.

We experience impatience.

We experience regret.

We experience forgiveness.

We experience appreciation.

And Slack gives all of this to us through his irresistible art and in under 200 words! What a gift, right?

So go on. Find this book. And, well, open it up.

(You know you want to.)











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Tammi Sauer

Tammi Sauer, a former teacher and library media specialist, is a full-time children's book author who presents at schools and conferences across the country. She has more than 30 published picture books and has many others on the way. Her books have received awards, earned starred reviews, made lists, been made into musicals, and been translated into many different languages. Most importantly, kids really like her books! To learn more about Tammi and her books, please visit tammisauer.com and follow her on Twitter at @SauerTammi.


  1. This looks like a super fun book. I can’t wait to read it and share with friends!

  2. All those feelings and under 200 words? I must read this. Thanks, Tammi!

  3. Irresistible! Putting it on my TBR list.

  4. Shorty, you’re a dino after my own heart. I, too, cannot resist opening packages! It’s a curse, I’m tellin’ ya!

  5. This reminds me of the elephant and piggy books! What a super sweet fun read aloud. I”m adding it to my wish list for my class. Thank you so much for sharing.

  6. Michele Helsel

    Sounds cute, I’ll check it out!

  7. How fun! Can’t wait to read this book to my two 6 year old granddaughters! 6 is such a perfect age! They love books, just like their Nana!!

  8. What a fun concept and so kid-friendly. And yea! I won a copy of Tammi’s book! Can’t wait to read it 🙂 Thank you!

  9. What a great teaser for this book-I immediately put it on my library reserve list!
    Thanks for the post.

  10. This looks like a fun one!

  11. I want to see how he achieves this in under 200 words. Wow!!

  12. This looks like one I wou– clear my throat– looks like one my KIDs would love. 😉

  13. I love books that accomplish so much with so few words!

  14. Lori Alexander

    Ooh…can’t wait to get my hands on this one. Thanks for the recommendation!

  15. Valarie Giogas

    Can’t wait to read (& fell) this one! Thanks.

  16. Valerie Larson-Howard

    I love, love this book! You’re right – all the feels.

  17. I love Shorty. I’m just as impulsive as he is!

  18. I want to know what happens! This book sounds like so much fun.

  19. Nancy Whitesides

    I am excited to find out what happens to Shorty and Clem. I look forward to feeling the feels.

  20. Shorty and Clem looks so fun. Can’t wait!

  21. Cassie Bentley

    All those emotions in under 200 words! Can’t wait, kind of like Shorty couldn’t.

  22. Cindy Schumerth

    Cutest Shortysaurus ever!

  23. A Shortysaurus. I’ll have to look that dino up in my dinosaur book! Sounds irresistible. Who of us hasn’t opened a book just out of curiosity.

  24. This sounds so fun! Thanks for sharing.

  25. Thanks for the referral.

  26. This looks like a really fun book. Can’t wait to read it!

  27. Stacy Digianantonio

    This is a cute book and makes a wonderful read aloud. I can’t wait to try it out at a story time!

  28. Love this book!

  29. Kathy Mazurowski

    What a cute concept! Must check it out.

  30. I will definitely be looking for this book! I’m feeling excited!

  31. LeeAnn Rizzuti

    Great teaser, Tammi. And I loved Michael’s inspiration-behind-the-book story. Can’t wait to see what’s inside the book and the package!

  32. I do want to! Such an engaging review!

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