Author(s): Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Meet Spoon. He's always been a happy little utensil. But lately, he feels like life as a spoon just isn't cutting it. He thinks Fork, Knife, and The Chopsticks all have it so much better than him. But do they? And what do "they "think about Spoon? A book for all ages, "Spoon" serves as a gentle reminder to celebrate what makes us each special.
This witty tale evokes a strong sense of family with an underlying message of self-acceptance. Young Spoon is one of a large clan that ranges from measuring spoons to ladles, from refined Aunt Silver to elaborate commemorative spoons to a spork who stands uncertainly to one side. Spoon, with his head on a sugar-packet pillow, enjoys a bedtime story "about his adventurous great-grandmother, who fell in love with a dish and ran off to a distant land." Feeling "blue" (he's perched on a bowl of blueberries), he suffers an identity crisis. Perhaps he'd rather be Knife, who gets to cut and spread, or Fork, who gets to twirl spaghetti, or the "cool and exotic" Chopsticks? But the others envy Spoon as well, for the special things that only a spoon can do, such as measure and relax in a hot cup of tea. Rosenthal takes the daffy concept and runs with it, gracefully folding her lesson into the whimsy. Magoon's expressive line drawings reveal the feelings of the various utensils with wonderful humor and pleasingly muted colors. Hurrah for Spoon! Kirkus"
Amy Krouse Rosenthal is the author of picture book favorites such as "Little""Pea. Little Hoot, Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons," and "The OK Book." She has also written several books for adults including "Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life. " She lives with her family in Chicago. Scott Magoon is the author and illustrator of Hugo & Miles in I've Painted Everything. He also illustrated The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: A Tale of Picky Eating by A. W. Flaherty and Ugly Fish by Kara Lareau. He lives outside of Boston with his wife and children.