Monday, April 20, 2015

The Little Crooked Bookshelf

by Rowboat Watkins
(Chronicle, June 2, 2015)

This week's pick is from Cottager, Anika Denise

What it's all about...
Who knew that cakes were so rude?! In this deliciously entertaining book, a not-so-sweet cake—who never says please or thank you or listens to its parents—gets its just desserts.

Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf...
Because it's funny, original and the story takes a quirky, unexpected turn. (Full disclosure: I received an advance copy from the publisher, but this book stood out among the stack. I just had to read it—and then my kids had to read it, and then we all read it again and again.)

Our favorite line…
"They also think baths are dumb
Seriously, I'm a cake, how dirty can I be?
and that bedtime is for donut holes."

Our favorite illustrations…

Why kids will love it... 
Super-cute illustrations, quirky humor and a surprise twist will have kids giggling from the words "rude cakes." Like Drew Daywalt's lovable, irreverent Crayons, we predict Watkins' canny confections will capture the hearts of kids around the world.

Why grown-ups will love it…
It's a totally fresh and funny take on a manners book, fun to read aloud, and charming. Plus, we like that the author goes by his nickname, Rowboat. Anyone named Rowboat must be a cool dude. 

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