Ever wonder what your kitchen does in the early hours of the morning?
"I am very very busy, and that is how I like it."
That's what your kitchen would tell you if you listened. While the fridge stays cool as a cucumber, the pot holder is longing for a cool drink. The cookie jar feels sad when its belly is empty. Does the freezer get goose bumps? And do you know what the silverware does in the early hours of the morning?
The next time you're in the kitchen, listen very closely and you'll hear . . .
Petra Mathers, best known for her beloved Lottie's World series, lends her distinctive, quirky style to this humorous collection of poems.
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Shirley Mozelle is the author of the Zack's Alligator beginning reader series, among other books. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida.
Petra Mathers has written and illustrated many books for children. She lives near Astoria, Oregon.
Kindergarten-Grade 5-Mathers's cover illustration tells the overarching story: in a charmed kitchen a smiling doorknob is confronted by 12 microphones determined to get the inside story. Mozelle's verse, mostly bite-sized morsels, offers a playful take on commonplace objects such as paper towels, dishes, the stove, and the kitchen clock. Many of the poems are formulaic riddles that give away their subject in the title line. A few succeed in offering an unusual description of the object, as in Toaster: Jack-in-the-box/For bread/Includes a tan. The terse two-liner for Freezer works in much the same riddlelike way: Cold as ice/But no goose bumps. The 20 short verses offer children amusement and new ways of thinking about things. Whimsical watercolors often appear helter-skelter in their placement from page to page with much white space. Yet there are charming moments such as the painting of the inside of a freezer where a frozen blue trout stands on its tail while juggling a few frozen peas.-Teresa Pfeifer, Alfred Zanetti Montessori Magnet School, Springfield, MA
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