Who knew there was so much fun, and so much to learn, in a bowl of lentil soup?

LENTIL SOUP

From Québec, a charming book about soup and love.

Two little gray critters sit down for a meal. The smaller one’s soup is too hot, so while it cools the larger one is forced to field lots of questions. The bigger one, who wears glasses, patiently answers each question, whether it be about who made the soup, where lentils come from, or the origins of salt and pepper—and the questions keep coming! Each answer to the smaller critter’s questions includes beautifully illustrated botanical and cooking-science content—with funny answers thrown in to amuse adults and children alike. Is it possible that the lentils in your soup are in fact buttons pulled off the backs of cheerful toads? The smaller critter is steered to the correct answer each time, but we all get to have fun along the way. Charming, colorful drawings feature graceful color and delicate linework as well as surprisingly detailed scientific illustrations—and there’s something for everyone hidden in the sweet, whimsical details. The pages are dotted with peeping tomatoes, cuddly peas in a pod, happy sheep, and even a worried jellyfish, to name a few. The characters’ back-and-forth dialogue ping-pongs playfully in speech bubbles. Funny dialogue keeps the pages turning. It even concludes with a kid-friendly recipe to make your own bowl of lentil soup!

Who knew there was so much fun, and so much to learn, in a bowl of lentil soup? (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 12, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-4598-2701-1

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Orca

Review Posted Online: July 27, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2021

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A lesson that never grows old, enacted with verve by two favorite friends

WAITING IS NOT EASY!

From the Elephant & Piggie series

Gerald the elephant learns a truth familiar to every preschooler—heck, every human: “Waiting is not easy!”

When Piggie cartwheels up to Gerald announcing that she has a surprise for him, Gerald is less than pleased to learn that the “surprise is a surprise.” Gerald pumps Piggie for information (it’s big, it’s pretty, and they can share it), but Piggie holds fast on this basic principle: Gerald will have to wait. Gerald lets out an almighty “GROAN!” Variations on this basic exchange occur throughout the day; Gerald pleads, Piggie insists they must wait; Gerald groans. As the day turns to twilight (signaled by the backgrounds that darken from mauve to gray to charcoal), Gerald gets grumpy. “WE HAVE WASTED THE WHOLE DAY!…And for WHAT!?” Piggie then gestures up to the Milky Way, which an awed Gerald acknowledges “was worth the wait.” Willems relies even more than usual on the slightest of changes in posture, layout and typography, as two waiting figures can’t help but be pretty static. At one point, Piggie assumes the lotus position, infuriating Gerald. Most amusingly, Gerald’s elephantine groans assume weighty physicality in spread-filling speech bubbles that knock Piggie to the ground. And the spectacular, photo-collaged images of the Milky Way that dwarf the two friends makes it clear that it was indeed worth the wait.

A lesson that never grows old, enacted with verve by two favorite friends . (Early reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Nov. 4, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-4231-9957-1

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Hyperion

Review Posted Online: Nov. 5, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2014

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Readers who (inexplicably) find David Lawrence’s Pickle and Penguin (2004) just too weird may settle in more comfortably...

LOST AND FOUND

A lad finds a penguin on his doorstep and resolutely sets out to return it in this briefly told import. 

Eventually, he ends up rowing it all the way back to Antarctica, braving waves and storms, filling in the time by telling it stories. But then, feeling lonely after he drops his silent charge off, he belatedly realizes that it was probably lonely too, and turns back to find it. Seeing Jeffers’s small, distant figures in wide, simply brushed land- and sea-scapes, young viewers will probably cotton to the penguin’s feelings before the boy himself does—but all’s well that ends well, and the reunited companions are last seen adrift together in the wide blue sea. 

Readers who (inexplicably) find David Lawrence’s Pickle and Penguin (2004) just too weird may settle in more comfortably with this—slightly—less offbeat friendship tale. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2006

ISBN: 0-399-24503-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Philomel

Review Posted Online: June 24, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2005

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