Well, we had another busy weekend so this is going to be really brief, since I am totally behind in everything!
by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Ages: 4-8 (and their mommy and daddy's)
Description: When Christopher goes into the basement and sees a pile of play clay in the corner, he decides to cook up some mischief. Wap, wap, wap - he shapes the clay into cookies, and then decorates them with sugar, icing and raisons, all of play clay. His parents are pleased to receive the cookies, until they bite into them! Then Christopher heads off to school where his teacher whips up a tasty surprise just for him.
Jake's Review: Mom, I really like the pictures in this one. Each time I read it I find new things in the picture that I didn't notice before. Can we buy some of the artists paintings, they are much better than those animal pictures you have all over the house. It kinda bugs me when he Mr Munsch uses all those sound effect words like scritch-scritch and Glick-Glick in his books. Although, I think I would like to hear him read it out loud. I like the practical joke he plays on everyone, it really makes me laugh. The book is way too short though and I really feel hungry for a cookies now. I also like the recipe for play clay at the beginning of the book, can we make some now -- and umm than bring some "cookies" down to daddy and Jesse.
Mom's Review: It's a Robert Munsch book, of course I am going to like it. The guy is a great big kid and knows how to tell a story that kids will like and pay attention to (and young at heart 40 year old mom's). After seeing Munsch read to kids, I now imagine his voice and expressions every time I read one of his books. This isn't one of my top 10 of his, but it is still a fun story that any kid would love to hear. The illustrations are beyond wonderful and I agree with Jake that everytime you look at Martchenko's work you find something new. The author and illustrator really have a nice connection with each other. Now, I must keep Jake away from the ingredients for play clay -- because my boy would sooooo do what the kid in the story did!
This book is from Jake and Jesse's bookshelf and nobody paid me nothing for us to tell you about it -- and let me tell you I could use the cash hint hint!
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