Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a fun story.
There’s a Giraffe in My Soup
By Ross Burach
32 pages – ages 4+
Published by HarperCollins on February 23, 2016
Theme/Topic- Humor/Table manners
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “‘Excuse me, Waiter?
There’s a giraffe in my soup!'”
Synopsis from Publisher: “What if you found a giraffe in your soup, an alligator in your entreé, an elephant on the table, or even an ostrich in your dish?
In this debut picture book from author-illustrator Ross Burach, an assortment of hairy, scary animals pop out from under the lid at a restaurant!”
What I Thought- This is a good, classic, everything-goes-wrong-but-in-a-good-way book. It is a hilarious spin off of the “There’s a fly in my soup!” jokes, starting big, and getting zanier as the book progresses. Kids will beg to have the book reread to them, if the fact that I just read the book five times in a row it is that good! The illustrations are perfect for the story. They are zany and fit in with the mixed-up story. The book is a perfect read-aloud, particularly for two people (or a teacher and their class) to read the boy’s and the waiter’s lines. Funny voices would be perfect too! I can’t wait to read more from this debut author!
Activities and Resources- Because the book takes place in a “fine-restaurant,” you can talk about table manners with your kids, with topic ideas to discuss at Emilypost.com HERE!
If you want to lead into a discussion about manners with activities, at Childfun.com HERE!
Check out the book’s trailer –
You can read a sample of the book at the publisher’s website HERE
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!