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Author: Jackie Jafarian Broad

Illustrator: Shielaugh Victoria Divelbiss

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Publisher: Three Puppies Press, 2008

Material: hard cover

Summary: Maddie loves spending time with Grandma. It's her favorite thing. Except now her baby sister is getting all the attention ... and Grandma keeps talking about how delicious she is. When Grandma suggests an Alyssa Sunday for dessert, Maddie gets worried. She puts a plan into action to save her baby sister. This picture book takes a humorous look at idioms that kids may not know.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 10; read yourself: 9 and Up

Interest Level: 3 to 9

Age of Child: Read with an 8-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: It was the book title and Maddie's picture that got our daughter interested in this book. She laughed at the story, but said she didn't like the pictures of Grandma or the girls turned into food.

Adult Reader Reaction: In many ways, this story is a classic. Every child has misinterpreted expressions like "I want to eat you up." The author did a great job using the food analogies / descriptions in context at the same time she was building a story about sibling jealousy and love.

Pros: Humor about how words work subtly gets across a message of sibling love.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a fun story to read, and you'll likely share it a few times. It might be a nice gift for a grandparent-to-be.

If You Liked This Book, Try: KITTY'S CUDDLES   A POCKET FULL OF KISSES   THE SAD MAD GLAD BOOK; The Anatomy of Your Attitude

Educational Themes: With younger kids, this is a fun story. With elementary students, it would be a great book to introduce on how words and idioms work - and how they can be misunderstood. The story would also be a good choice for lessons on sensory writing.

Notes: The Reading Tub® picked up this book at Book Expo America. There are no expectations of review associated with this book.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family, humor, words and language

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2015

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