A sneak preview for Perfect Picture Book Friday! Coming to a bookstore near you on August 29, 2017.
Title: The Great Pasta Escape
Written by: Miranda Paul
Illustrated by: Javier Joaquin
little bee books, 2017
Suitable for ages: 4-8
Themes/topics: pasta, food, cooperation
Since the beginning of their lives (which was earlier that morning), the pasta at the factory followed the rules.
They stuck to their own kind.
They stayed still in their packaging.
And they never spoke to humans.
That is, until they discover what it really means to be pasta: they will eventually be eaten by humans! Fettuccine is scared, Ramen is outraged, and Mac is just trying to keep the peace among all the pasta. Will they be able to work together to use their noodles and concoct a great escape?
Why I like this book:
Who doesn’t love pasta? Is there any other food that comes in more kid-friendly varieties? And we all know how pasta can slither off your fork, leap onto your lap, and hit the floor running.
I loved the language play used in the story and the characterization of each variety. Miranda Paul has a way of taking the ordinary and bringing new life to it. Her books are easy to extend for fun and learning. And next time that curl of macaroni escapes the plate, well, you may have a sequel….
Visit author Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Books for a plethora of picture books listed by title and topic/theme, each with teacher/parent activities and resources.