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THE ICE CREAM KING

Author: Steve Metzger

Illustrator: Julie Downing

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Publisher: Tiger Tales, ½

Material: hard cover

Summary: There's a new ice cream shop in town. Teddy convinces his mom to go test it out. She says he can get whatever he wants. When the server places a paper crown on Teddy's head, Teddy is transported into a fantasy world where everything is made from ice cream and toppings. A castle, a boat, a spaceship, with whipped cream and cherries and fudge and... no other people. He's all alone and realizes that, as good as it all is, it isn't worth anything with no one to share it with. As soon as he reaches this conclusion, he returns to reality. He orders a HUGE ice cream split and asks for two spoons. This story built around a kid's favorite food helps readers understand sharing.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 2.3

Age of Child: Read with boys ages 2 and 4.

Young Reader Reaction: My boys LOVED this book. It's a book about ICE CREAM! What more could a kid want? Spying hot fudge? Yum. Cherries? Yay! Ice Cream Cones? YESSSS! This is one we read a lot!

Adult Reader Reaction: I loved the message: sharing is GOOD. I also loved the way the book is presented. The author, illustrator, and editor have created two worlds in the manner of the famous Wizard of Oz movie. The real world is black and white (sparse light pink highlights), with Arial font type, and prose writing. The fantasy world is FLOODED with color, with Curlz font type, and rhyming text. When he returns to reality, he is back to his normal world again. Just beautifully done. The rise and fall of the story is balanced, and the story is just the right length for kids 2 to 5 years old.

Pros: This is a colorful, exciting story that will appeal to toddlers and preschoolers. It has a wonderful message of sharing.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! The kids will love it and it will melt mom's heart.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE RAINBOW FISH   CONNIE CAME TO PLAY   MURIEL'S RED SWEATER

Educational Themes: This is a book about sharing and the enjoyment that comes with shared experiences.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, fantasy

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2012

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at barnesandnoble.com; and feedback at amazon.com.




                 

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