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If You Give the Puffin a Muffin Hardcover – October 15, 2018
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If You Give the Puffin a Muffin is funny, witty, and just plain smart. The visual jokes make the book, and the curmudgeonly Puffin is too much fun to read and follow. The endpapers – naturally, all different types of muffins – let readers in on the joke early on. This one’s a good storytime book, and offers a fun chance to have readers spot characters and moments they recognize from other books. A fun add! (Rosemary Kiladitis, Mom Read It)
Little Puffin’s patience is again being tested in this rambunctious follow-up picture book to The Angry Little Puffin by Timothy Young. Kids are going to giggle and chortle all the way through, If You Give the Puffin a Muffin. On par with Young’s previous picture books, it is fun and clever with references to the author’s other titles, as well as other children’s classics. The adults in the room will grin when they spy the book Puffin is holding in the first few pages: So Long, a Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams. This reviewer won’t give away the rest of the punny book titles, but readers beware—it may be a challenge to name them all! (New York Journal of Books)
With it’s fantastic illustrations and a main character full of personality and opinions, kids will love If You Give the Puffin a Muffin. It is sure to be a new favorite! (iHeartLiteracy)
I adore Timothy Young's books. I think we have the same sense of humour. His books are witty and full of emotion, humour and most of all.... fun. The illustrations are crisp, clear and a perfect marriage to the storyline. I highly recommend this book and all his other ones too. They are reading treats. (Storywraps (5-star review))
About the Author
- Lexile Measure : 590L
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 076435552X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0764355523
- Product Dimensions : 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
- Publisher : Schiffer Kids; 1st edition (October 15, 2018)
- Reading level : Baby - 6 years
- Language: : English
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Well, the puffin is back, and he's angry again. This time because he's offered a muffin, and puffins don't eat muffins. Worse, he is the subject of another book, without his permission! He decides to escape the book with magic crayons, but it takes a few tries to get it right. In the end, the book breaks the 4th wall and has the puffin confront, and bonk with the muffin, the author.
I received a copy for review from the publisher, but have pre-ordered a copy as a gift.
If You Give the Puffin a Muffin is a more sarcastic take on If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Well illustrated with bright colors and strong lines, young children will be attracted to the look of the pages.
This children's book is the story of a puffin, who refuses to eat a muffin when offered to him. The author goes on to draw from another famous children's book, namely Harold and the Purple Crayon. As the puffin's anger grows, it reminds me of how children act who do not get their own way. Unfortunately, there really is no lesson here for children, no hidden meaning that parents can draw on (no pun intended). Walking away instead of solving problems is not the desired lesson, but parents might use If You Give the Puffin a Muffin as a cautionary tale for their children.
With tongue in cheek humor, this book takes an interesting turn away from the usual story lines. The puffin takes his attitude onto a mission to make it clear that just because a puffin gets a muffin in a book, doesn't mean anything. The illustrations swing right along, giving the right dab and bump of humor to make the entire thing cause giggles along the way. The reader/listener is drawn in and made to think about the problem as well. It makes a funny read-aloud which is sure to hold childrens' attention until the last page.
I received a complimentary copy and found this to be such a cute, funny book that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.
It’s a quirky book and typically I am one who loves adult type humor in a children’s book, but it fell flat for me. I could see the book being used as a prompt for creativity for kids to try this style of writing. It was, however, a stretch for me to find that in this book.
Overall, this book might be a fun read for children and that is perfect for helping to encourage further reading. That is always a positive.
Thank you to the publisher and #NetGalley for a pre-publication ebook in exchange for an honest review.
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine.