From School Library Journal
PreS-K-A rhyming text and sunny illustrations describe a single day in the life of a loaf of bread. From the first early-morning slice eaten by the baker to the final bit discovered by a mouse long after the baker's family has gone to bed, the slices are turned into toast, sandwiches, snacks for the ducks in the park, and crumbs for the neighborhood birds. After each animal receives its treat, a full-page refrain appears ("Hooray-Woof, Woof-for bread!" says the dog). Pen and watercolor illustrations have a charming retro feel and a friendly pastel palette in a scale perfect for sharing. Unfortunately, the concept seems thin and the rhyme is often labored: "The next two slices made a pair/With butter, cheese, and ham/A sandwich for the baker's boy/And the baker's boy's dog-Sam." In spite of the appealing illustrations, this book is full of yeasty possibilities that just never rise. Additional at best.-Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
A picture book extolling the virtues of bread! At last! Ahlberg gives us a peek of the baking process kicking off his tale, “slice by slice.” The first part of the loaf to go is the crust, of course, which the baker himself enjoys in all “its crusty crunchiness.” The baker’s wife gets breakfast in bread (including toast and tea), the child gets a sandwich, and then, in the first of several animal interludes, we receive a two-page spread of dogs freaking out when the boy throws them pieces: “HOORAY—WOOF, WOOF—FOR BREAD!” The rhymes are hit-and-miss but awfully cute when they work: “The next slice went out for a ride / With the baker’s wife and baby / They fed the fat and feathery ducks / And a couple fishes, maybe.” Though it’s a bit odd when the loaf becomes sentient, Ingman helps it all hang together with pen-and-watercolor illustrations that are fresh-bread warm. A quirky topic handled as if it is perfectly normal—which makes it even quirkier. Preschool-Grade 1. --Daniel Kraus