Strange and wonderful things happen at the Moon & Riddles Diner and the Sunnyside Café. That's why Shoofly Sally and her Everything Dog set out for the diner's silver door. It's a place where a spoon and a teapot read menus at the counter. A place where a frog and a bear and a buffalo cook pancakes on the stove. A place where the Queen of Chickens reigns supreme.
In the spirit of her Newbery Medal-winning A Visit to William Blake's Inn, Nancy Willard chronicles the fantastic adventures of a wonderfully unexpected cast of characters.
Includes recipes for fourteen fun and tasty snacks that kids can make themselves!
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NANCY WILLARD's witty characters and lyrical poems have long delighted children and adults. Her picture book A Visit to William Blake's Inn, illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen, was awarded the Newbery Medal. Ms. Willard lives with her husband in Poughkeepsie, New York, and teaches creative writing at Vassar College.
CHRIS BUTLER is an award-winning artist whose work has been featured on television as well as in billboard and print ads. The Moon & Riddles Diner and the Sunnyside Café is his first picture book. He lives with his wife and daughter in Longmont, Colorado.
This airy but underdone collection has more style than substance. Willard's (The Tale I Told Sasha) prose preface introduces Shoofly Sally and the denizens of the eponymous establishment where "those who aren't eating are cooking. Those who aren't cooking are hooting and hollering. Everybody is dancing." The characters, animate and inanimate, tell their stories in rhymes and ballads. While the repetition of phrases and recurring characters hint at an overall theme, various motifs are never resolved. And while the fanciful similes are often apt (the teapot's crooning sounds "like the morning fog"), the language sometimes seems chosen more for sound or whimsy than for sense. The ample humor (in such notions as a cracked teapot that sings the blues and such puns as the Stubborn Stove's burners that play "Home on the Range") is dissipated by the arbitrary appearance and disappearance of the themes and characters. Newcomer Butler's striking illustrations, made by photographing layered, cut-paper sculptures, have the intricacy of David Wisniewski's work plus robust dimensionality. But the meticulously wrought figures lack personality; in general, the illustrations seem to focus on image and design at the expense of clarifying the text. Like a riddle without an answer, the art and text ultimately disappoint. Eight pages of recipes are appended. Ages 6-9.
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Book Description HMH Books for Young Readers, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110152019413
Book Description Harcourt Children's Books, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0152019413