Sunday, April 8, 2012
Chopsitcks, written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Scott Magoon. Hyperion, Hachette. 2012. $18.50 ages 4 and up
all the basic Chopstick moves...
...they were now learning
some fancy new culinary tricks.
This required lots of practice.
And that's how it happened.
Just like that."
I love this companion book to Spoon (Disney-Hyperion, 2009). What is it with eating utensils? It is filled with fun, not the least of which is the very telling cover quote from Spoon itself: 'Not exactly a sequel to Spoon. More like a change in place setting.' Yes, indeed!
These chopsticks do everything together! And it is priceless to check them out as they go about their daily business. Then, one gets hurt and all things change. Not right away, but after watching over the ailing chopstick for close to a week, the other is encouraged to get out there and try life on its own. Many discoveries are made, and a lesson is learned.
Seems simple, doesn't it? Nothing could be further from the truth and I cannot do the book justice by just telling you about it. You need to get it into your hands and make the many discoveries that the lone chopstick makes. I guarantee you will be charmed and you will laugh out loud to see what this inventive duo have in store for you.
It is a tale filled with visual and verbal puns, and you will recognize the secondary characters who add to the action. While alone, the healthy member of the dynamic duo discovers it has many uses on its own...pea shooting, kabob stick, playing the part of a pick-up stick, giving spoon the edge in a pole vault competition, even testing cupcakes for doneness. There is much to discover!
Once health is restored, the lone traveler has much to teach its hospitalized partner. There is a sense that they are now stronger together, for all the new learning that has taken place. Doctor Glue gives a clean bill of health and they are off to play the drums, paint portraits (as artist and easel)...it's worthy of a 'toast'. To celebrate in true partner style, they manage a rendition of 'Chopsticks' to bring their story to an end. Bravo! Encore!
You won't be disappointed when this one arrives in the mail, or at your local bookstore.