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ON TOP OF SPAGHETTI by Paul Brett Johnson


by Paul Brett Johnson & illustrated by Paul Brett Johnson

Age Range: 2 - 8

Pub Date: May 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-439-74944-1
Publisher: Scholastic

Yodeler Jones’s Spaghetti Emporium & Musicale is in trouble when the Fried Fritter Fricassee opens next door. He decides to upgrade his menu and creates a beautiful meatball, but his assistant’s sneeze blows it out the window. The ensuing meatball chase takes the two through the Piggly Wiggly, past the police station and to the ballpark. The meatball is whacked all the way back to the Emporium & Musicale, but it has turned to mush. Fortunately, the mush grows into a meatball-and-sauce–bearing tree. If the whole story sounds a tad familiar, that’s to be expected: Johnson has used Glazer’s classic song as a jumping-off point for silly extravaganza. The combination of the familiar refrain and Johnson’s bright cartoon illustrations is sure to please young listeners, though the observant among them will likely point out that the meatball does more flying than rolling following the initial sneeze. Music and recipes are included for those who want the full experience. (Picture book. 2-8)