AND THE DISH RAN AWAY WITH THE SPOON by Janet Stevens
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AND THE DISH RAN AWAY WITH THE SPOON

Age Range: 5 - 9
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The creators of Cook-A-Doodle-Doo! (1999) spin off a freewheeling yarn from a familiar nursery rhyme, salting their tale with awful puns and peppering it with folktale references. When Dish and Spoon run away as they’re supposed to, but fail to come back, Cat, Dog, and Cow set off to track them down. (“Without Dish and Spoon, there’s no rhyme. No more diddle, diddle. It’s over.”) Following a giant, very funny map drawn for them by a Fork in the road, the seekers awaken Little Boy Blue, question a huge, lonely spider sitting on a certain tuffet, and are nearly served up by a Big Bad Wolf (in bunny slippers) before finding the errant table setting at last—at the foot of a certain beanstalk. Stevens fills her sprawling, exuberant pictures with hilarious details, from the lamb suit and red cloak hanging on Wolf’s coat rack to the trio of furry customers in dark glasses getting their tails reattached in Jack’s Repair Shop (“You blew it, I glue it”). Dish has suffered a great fall, but Jack nimbly puts her back together, and all leap back to their places just in time to resume (with a slight modification) their traditional roles. Required reading for all Jacks and Jills. (Picture book. 5-9)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-15-202298-8
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Harcourt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2001




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