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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Who Broke the Teapot? Written and illustrated by Bill Slavin. Tundra Books, Random House. 2016. $19.99 ages 4 and up

"Says Brother,
spinning in the air,
"If I'm up here
I wasn't there."

Says Papa, sitting
in his chair,
"I'm only wearing
Reading here without
a care!"

Mom is furious, and bound and determined to get to the bottom of the 'mystery' of the broken teapot. Someone is responsible and she wants to know who that is!

"This was my very best teapot!
It was my favorite of the lot!
It poured and did not spill a drop.
And kept the tea so nice and hot.

I used it for my ladies lunch,
special days
and Sunday brunch -
And now it's lying here all


The search for the culprit ramps up as mom does the same. Each and every family member denies culpability. They admit they were in the vicinity, but they each have an iron-clad alibi - except the baby. Could it have been the baby? Poor Mom! Will she ever discover how her teapot got broken?

I'm not telling!

Bill Slavin has created a tale that will be read again and again - even when listeners know exactly what happened to the teapot. The text is rhythmic and spare, but the story is told with flare. And the artwork! You will surely be entertained by the action and antics, the facial expressions and the chaos of the kitchen. The bold colors, the subtle and not-so-subtle details on each page will have readers howling with delight. Done in acrylics on gessoed board, the illustrations are textured and varied  in perspective. As well, variation in font and letter size offers the reader a chance to impact the drama when reading aloud - this book is just perfect for that.

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