Meet Chopsticks! They've been best friends forever. But one day, this inseparable pair comes to a fork in the road. And for the very first time, they have to figure out how to function apart. From New York Times best-selling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal and rising artistic talent Scott Magoon, this witty and inventive tale celebrates both independence and the unbreakable bonds of friendship.
- Hardback | 40 pages
- 222 x 222 x 10mm | 300g
- 31 Jan 2012
- Disney Publishing Worldwide
- New York, United States
In this companion book to Spoon, Rosenthal outlines the amusing activities of a pair of chopsticks who are not only working partners but also BFFs. Then the tip of one chopstick is broken in an unfortunate encounter with an asparagus spear, and after getting medical attention (the glue bottle mends him and wraps the "wound" with a bandage) the injured chopstick must "stay off it until it sets." At first, the non-injured chopstick stays close by his friend's side, but the injured one finally tells him, "You need to get out . . . venture off on your own a bit." The chopsticks discover that time away from each other can also be a good thing: "Unexpectedly, being apart had made each of them even stronger." Rosenthal's message about friendship isn't exactly subtle, but it also isn't preachy, and the kitchenware antics keep the mood light and humorous. Multiple textual and visual puns ("Chopstick was quickly whisked away" is accompanied by a picture of the injured chopstick being carried off by a whisk with a first aid cross-emblazoned handle) will also tickle kids' funny bones, as will the slew of pop-eyed, anthropomorphized utensils. The slightly muted colors of Magoon's gently goofy digital art are well matched to the amusing yet thoughtful tone of the text. While Spoon would be the obvious partner to this title, it also might buddy up well with the comical and equally anthropomorphic characters of Grey's Traction Man Is Here (BCCB 5/05), or it could be used as a springboard for creative writing, art, or puppet performances involving kitchen utensils and googly yes. JH BCCB"
About Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Amy Krouse Rosenthal is the author of over 30 picture book favorites such as Spoon, Duck! Rabbit!; Little Pea, I Wish You More, Uni the Unicorn, and Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons. Her books for adults include the groundbreaking memoirs Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life and Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal. She also creates tiny films such as The Beckoning of Lovely and The Wisdom Project. You can visit her at whoisamy.com. Scott Magoon is the author and illustrator of Breathe and The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot. He also illustrated Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, The Nuts series by Eric Litwin and I Will Not Eat You by Adam Lehrhaupt. Visit Scott online at scottmagoon.com/.