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The Marshmallow Incident Hardcover – August 1, 2009

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Waiting is a big part of childhood. Waiting in line, waiting to grow up, waiting for something special to happen. However, now a child sets the stage and pulls the strings in a timeless, heartfelt picture book about imaginative play, friendship, and surprises. Paperback | More for ages 3-5

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About the Author

Judi Barrett, who takes her marshmallows crispy on the outside and squishy inside, is the author of numerous picture books, including the classic bestsellers Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, soon to be a major motion picture, and its sequel, Pickles to Pittsburgh. She lives in Connecticut and Brooklyn, New York, where she also teaches art to kindergartners.

Ron Barrett has illustrated many books for children and adults, including Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Pickles to Pittsburgh. The drawings for his very first book with Judi Barrett, Old MacDonald Had an Apartment House, were exhibited in the Louvre. To research the pictures for this book, Ron traveled to the great castles of Scotland and Wales, and to his local supermarket in New York City (for marshmallows, of course!).

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054504653X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545046534
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There was an old diary that lay hidden in the "ruins of an ancient castle." It was nestled inside a Mallo-Puff Marshmallow box, surrounded by some old, cracked `n crusty marshmallows. Diaries can hold some very interesting tales and this one was very interesting. Once upon a time there were two towns, one named Left and one named Right. There were southpaws living in one and righties in the other. For generations on end neither would have anything to do with the other one. There was a mighty castle in the distance maintained by the "Order of the Ambidextrous Knights of the Dotted Yellow Line." This painted line was maintained by the knights and if it was crossed . . . well, let's just say there would be trouble.

The knights, who also guarded 50,000 boxes of marshmallows they won in a poetry contest, were diligent in their duties and no one had ever crossed the line. They spent their time eating marshmallows up the ying yang and were quite inventive. Have you ever heard of marshmallow pizza? At any rate, their quiet life was disturbed when the town of Right was "having its annual picnic, complete with soup and biscuits." The kids were getting a bit daring do and quite close to the line. One poor fellow ran to make sure they wouldn't cross it and PLOPPED right over the line himself. The knights quickly "whipped themselves into a frenzy" and gathered up their marshmallow ammunition. What was going to happen to that man and the towns of Left and Right?

This was a madcap, zany and goofy story rolled into one that any youngster into marshmallows or medieval life is going to love.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By California mom on September 18, 2009
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My 5 year old son loved this book when I brought it home. We read it four times that night. It involves two towns - one of left-handed people and the other of right-handed people - who are divided by a dotted line guarded by knights who also have a huge amount of marshmallows. When one of the townspeople crosses the line, the knights go into a marshmallow frenzy to try and maintain order. Ultimately, they decide to eliminate the line so everyone can just be together (and enjoy s'mores together, of course!).

The story is silly (including the reason the knights have the marshmallows - the result of a poetry contest with a goofy poem), the drawings are fun and clever, and yet there is a subtle message underlying the story. I think that boys in particular would like this book because of the knights who live in a castle and use catapults to launch the marshmallows, but I am sure girls would enjoy it as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danny Tanner on November 4, 2009
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this book was great enjoyment. it was full of laughs. easy to read for an early reader. fun for an old reader. good for all ages. wonderful addition to the Cloudy with a chance of meatball book family.
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By Ulyyf on July 17, 2010
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Sometimes, we divide ourselves up over silly things. How we pray. Who we want to marry. What we look like. What hand we write with... wait, what? (Actually, tangent, historically lefties HAVE been discriminated against, but that's another book for another day.)

Yes, let's go to the towns of Left and Right, where they each have half a clock, and half of a big dotted yellow line that NOBODY CAN CROSS. Why? Who knows, who cares, it's always been that way!

Until somebody does cross it. Not because they want to change things - far from it! But then the knights got involved, and it all got out of hand, and there's some amusing pictures of people building snowmen out of marshmallows until everybody in the two towns realizes how stupid this is.

The story doesn't make much logical sense, but I don't think it's supposed to. I think it's supposed to illustrate how very very SILLY this sort of thing all is.
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What a funny, odd little book! It almost felt like two stories in one - a story about Knights who protect a kingdom using marshmallows - and a kingdom divided in two, the Right-handed side and the Left-handed side.

More than anything I enjoyed the illustrations, which took me longer to peruse than the text. The signs in the towns are almost more fun than the text, and all the pages are certainly very detailed. I did think, too, that the style of illustrations perfectly fit the style of the text.

While the story was fun, amusing, and delightfully absurd, it did feel a little disjointed and not especially fulfilling. Though, it was worth the read for the hilarity of it (and, of course, the nice message about getting along).
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Can Knights solve problems with marshmallows? You'll have to read it to find out! A town is divided by their "handedness," right or left. The knights are left to guard the line between two the two factions. When someone accidentally trips over the line, a marshmallow frenzy is started! This is a great book for parents to begin heavier discussions on "enemies" and sibling rivalry (your side, my side!). The kids love the humor and incredibly detailed drawings. The all ages appeal makes it perfect for the family bookshelf.
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