From Publishers Weekly
It isn't often that one finds a book classified by the Library of Congress under both juvenile poetry and kitchen utensils. What is even more surprising is how high this souffle of a book rises. Lillegard's ( September to September: Poems for All Year Round ) poems are terse, functional, even prosaic at times, yet they offer young readers new views of ordinary things. The toaster, for example, "swallows bread-- / what he likes most. / The hiccups and-- / up pops the toast!" The waffle maker "with chunky teeth . . . bites the batter" and the sponge "slurps up every / splash and spill-- / until she finally / gets her fill." Narahashi (see review of The Magic Purse , above), in her childlike and pleasing watercolors, focuses on a boy and a spotted dog who investigate the humming refrigerator, eat cookies, mash potatoes, etc. Each poem is ornamented by several pools of color that contain objects found in the kitchen--perhaps a pot holder, a jar of jam or the main characters themselves. Ages 5-8.
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3-It's amazing what can be said in a few lines. These 30 simple rhyming verses about kitchen things are impressive in their brevity. "Four three/two one-/Zap-zap-/Ding! Done." What is it? A microwave, of course. The poems will get kids chuckling or guessing if they aren't told the titles. Narahashi's lively watercolor illustrations, featuring a young boy and his dog and occasionally his father, support the humor. Plump appliances grin ever so slightly. Potatoes, each with two eyes, peek over a bowl's edge, eyeing the peeler. Both utensils and foods have character. The selections are easy to read and might inspire youngsters to take a closer look at everyday things and try writing about them.
Lynnea McBurney, Woodstone Elementary School, San Antonio, TX
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