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Alphabet Soup Hardcover – September 12, 1988
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From Publishers Weekly
Banks's story begins with a typical dinnertime predicamenta boy will not eat his soup. His mother notes that he is as grumpy as a bear, and so the boy fishes out the letters spelling "bear" from his alphabet soup. With that, he has a companion (looking surprisingly like the honey-filled bear that had been on the table), and their adventures take them through a tablecloth landscape of cups that sail, wise-looking salt shakers and a house (painted on the side of a teapot) where the boy and the bear take shelter for the night. Sis's contribution to this story adds a dimension not found in the text; everything that transpires is governed by what was placed on the table before the fantasy begins; readers can flip back to the opening shot of the boy and venture guesses as to what might happen next. Using oil pastels, the miniature figures have a flat, primitive look against the bluish-white tablecloth that suits both the real-life and more inventive aspects of the tale; Sis also provides a kitchen full of details similar to the backgrounds of his recent Waving. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 A young schoolboy dawdles over his lunchtime bowl of noodle soup. After his mother urges him to eat, he spoons the letters B-E-A-R from the soup, and instantly a bear appears, looking somewhat like the honey container on the table. The boy and the bear begin a series of adventures, all of which involve items from the lunch tablea salt shaker becomes a wizard; a teacup becomes a sailboat; a bowl of fruit, a mountain. All of these appear when the boy fishes out appropriate letters from his soup. Illustrations add a dreamy quality to the narration. Soft pastels are washed with textured blue oil paint. Text is printed on honey-colored panels, over which tumble alphabet noodles. An exciting adventure with extra appeal to daydreamers. Nancy Seiner, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Copyright 1989 Cahners Business Information, Inc.