Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Ice Cream Soup

Ice Cream Soup
Written by Ann Ingalls
Illustrated by Richard Watson
Penguin Young Readers, 2013. 31 pages. Easy reader.

This is the story of a little boy who does what little boys do best: he makes messes! With several scoops of ice cream and all kinds of colorful sprinkles, he cooks up a doozy of an ice cream "cake." With the addition of gummy bears, chocolate syrup, and cookies, the creation quickly turns into a mess. The sticky boy decides that it is better off being called "ice cream soup!" While I appreciate the sweet (ha!) illustrations, the writing doesn't suit. The rhyming sentences are really unbalanced, which might prove to be a struggle for emerging readers.

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