THE ICE CREAM KING by Steve Metzger

THE ICE CREAM KING

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Age Range: 3 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

A little boy loves ice cream more than anything else in the world...or does he? One hot July day, the sight of a "BRAND NEW ICE CREAM SHOP!" stops Teddy Jones dead in his tracks. He convinces his wilting mom to check it out; when the server places a gold paper crown on Teddy's head, his imagination runs wild (and Downing's illustrations go from black-and-white with a hint of pale pink to bright color). As the newly crowned "Ice Cream King," Teddy imagines giant treats all around him. "I slip and slide down Whipped Cream Lane, / then climb up Ice Cream Mountain." On a silver sailboat, he tastes more scrumptious sweets, nuts and cherries and the eruptions of a vanilla fudge volcano. He's the only judge for today's Ice Cream Festival, but he suddenly realizes that there's something missing: "I'M ALL ALONE!" His life would be much better if he had someone to share it with. Instantly, Teddy is transported back to the new ice cream shop (and black-and-white illustrations). He places his elaborate order, gleefully asking for two spoons. Metzger's rhyming text is crisp and accessible, and his message all the more effective for its deft delivery. Downing's apt, simple pictures properly enhance the tale. Guilt-free deliciousness (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-58925-096-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Tiger Tales
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2011




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