PICKY MRS. PICKLE by Christine M. Schneider


Age Range: 5 - 8
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PLB 0-8027-8703-7 Mrs. Pickle is definitely a vision: she’s rather pickle-shaped herself; is always dressed in her favorite color, green; has the tight orange curls of Lucille Ball; and plays fast and loose with some pickle-green eyeshadow. She has her favorite things and favorite habits, and she won’t try anything new because “I like the things I like.” Her niece, Sophie Claire, however, bored with all things pickle, makes her aunt an offer she can’t refuse, and Mrs. Pickle at last tries a different kind of ice cream—eggplant ripple. She finds she likes it, and the final spread shows her in a bright red frock, learning to paint. The rhymed text is a little clunky and its message isn’t for the subtle, but the pictures, with their acid greens and exaggerated gestural figures, have charm; children will see themselves in Mrs. Pickle’s picky habits, and have a good laugh. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-8027-8702-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Walker
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1999