Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Who Broke the Teapot?

Author: Bill Slavin
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Type: ebook
Page Count of Hardcover: 32
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada
First Published: April 26, 2016
First Line: "Baby sitting in his chair."

Book Description from GoodReads: Mom is very angry. Her very favorite teapot is broken, and no one is 'fessing up. Was it Dad, sitting in his underwear reading the paper? Was it Cat, who was all tangled up in a ball of yarn? Was it Baby perched in his highchair? Or is there a surprising twist to this mystery that teaches Mom a little lesson in anger management? Bill Slavin takes a sly poke at parents in their less-than-finer moments in this funny and energetic story.  

My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Review: When Mom finds her favourite teapot broken on the floor she wants to know who broke it!  In this chaotic household there are a host of suspects including a baby, a big brother hanging from the ceiling fan, a big sister stuffing her face and even Dad sitting in his underwear reading the paper.  Or was it the dog or the cat??  Mom is mad and wants to know how her beloved teapot got broken!

Bill Slavin has written a cute story with a hint of a mystery for young children.  The text is quite simple with a nice rhyme and rhythm.  The art work is quirky, busy and filled with quite a lot of detail to keep youngsters captivated.  Adults will enjoy reading the humorous newspaper headings and children will like being able to tell the story using only the pictures.  While this is a relatively short picture book it was enjoyable and with the addition of the mystery and the twist at the end I think younger children will enjoy it as will the adults reading the book.

Disclaimer:  My sincere thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for providing me with an ebook copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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