MY BEST SWEET POTATO by Rainy Dohaney

MY BEST SWEET POTATO

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Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

This latest dip into the large pool of picture books about a child’s attachment to a favorite toy is confusing and even a little disturbing. Tubular-shaped, preschooler K loves her similarly fashioned and constant companion, Woolyman, a pull-string-and-cloth doll. After getting muddy in the garden, Woolyman emerges from a washing machine babbling about sweet potatoes. An innocent doll-napping follows with friendly bird Mac returning Woolyman to its brokenhearted-owner. Why sweet potatoes? Terms of endearment aside, a shaky connection between the main characters and sweet potatoes begins on the front endpapers where Woolyman spies the salmon veggie poking out of the earth. The soft lines, hazy textures and muted palette of the wash-and-colored-pencil artwork can’t compensate for the odd looks of the bigheaded characters or the visible stitches on the faceless doll, a cadaverous image. While the sentiments here about friendship are admirable, the disjointed execution is in need of a green thumb. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-689-86379-9
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2006