A merry meatball is rolling a path of destruction through a small town. He rolls over pets, petunias, and the library--where he refuses to shush. When he rolls over the mayor herself, the townspeople know it's time. Time to invite the meatball to dinner. . . Sly humor abounds in this charming, offbeat story that will appeal to anyone who's ever faced a bully--and, of course, to spaghetti fans of all ages.
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ROBERT WEINSTOCK is a graphic designer, former children's book editor, and author of Gordimer Byrd's Reminder. He lives in New York City.
Kindergarten-Grade 3—An enormous meatball "bomple[s] and bounce[s] his way" through the countryside, blissfully oblivious to the problems he creates. Despite leaving behind a trail of farms with crushed raspberry patches and disquieted cows, and disrupting city streets, the meatball remains confident that the people "...can't get enough of me." The townsfolk's polite suggestions for caution graduate to furious billboards, which get no results. Fed up, the mayor decides to give the troublemaker "a good talking-to," but the meatball temporarily flattens her. The final page shows the villagers seated at a large table that holds a gargantuan (covered) dish with a sign, "Menu du Jour—Meatball." The dialogue is likely to confound some kids: "He sullies our jellies and jeopardizes our jams." Although the cartoon artwork, drawn with black Prismacolor pencil and colored in Adobe Illustrator, has quirky charm, the lead character is vaguely disturbing. Apparently raw, he is a lumpy pink blob with dents, one eyebrow, and short arms and legs. He wears white socks and dress shoes, and has buck teeth. If you have a picture-book audience for dark humor and oddball characters, you might consider this book for your collection.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
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