cover art of sporkWhat it is

A picture book about a spork who has a spoon and fork as parents and doesn’t feel like he fits in with the other dishes.

Why I read it

I was browsing bookstores in Vernon (waiting for a library meeting, since there aren’t buses very often from SA) and I came across it in a display.

Why it is awesome

  • A story about not fitting in
  • A story about being of mixed heritage
  • Adorable art
  • Not too much text, kid friendly
  • A happy ending that the kids will enjoy

Who will like it

  • 4-6 year olds
  • Librarians and teachers
  • Parents of children who are of mixed race or visibly different from their peers.

The King’s Taster

cover art of the King's TasterThe King’s Taster is very cute and frankly it is making me hungry 🙂

The Good:

  • It teaches children where certain foods come from
  • Fun animation
  • Easy to read
  • Kenneth Oppel signed my book in an awesome way (speech bubbles from the chef and the dog)

The Bad

  • None of the food is healthy
  • The spoiled king does not apologize or regret his behaviour
  • It is unrealistic they could get back from any of the countries, especially Mexico, before dinner and this takes away from the learning aspect of the book 

Conclusion: Fun read, and could be combined with teaching small kids how to make mini pizzas or simple food.

The Girls Like Spaghetti

I borrowed The Girls Like Spaghetti: Why you can’t manage without apostrophes! from London Public Library and I loved it. What an adorable and fun way to teach kids grammar! Truss and Timmons use hilarious animation to demonstrate what a difference an apostrophe makes in a sentence. I would highly recommend this for librarians, parents, teachers or kids trying to master grammar.

cover art

Truss, Lynne and Bonnie Timmons. The Girls Like Spaghetti: Why you can’t manage without apostrophes!. New York: G. P. Putman’s Sons, 2007.