by Maclear, Kyo, 1970-

Format: Print Book 2010
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His mum is a spoon. His dad is a fork. And he's a bit of both. He's Spork!

Spork sticks out in the regimented world of the cutlery drawer. The spoons think he's too pointy, while the forks find him too round. He never gets chosen to be at the table at mealtimes until one day a very messy ... thing arrives in the kitchen who has never heard of cutlery customs. Will Spork finally find his place at the table?

This ?multi-cutlery? tale is a humorous and lively commentary on individuality and tolerance. Its high-spirited illustrations capture the experience and emotions of anyone who has ever wondered about their place in the world.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Young Spork Mum's a spoon and Dad's a fork is a little bit of both, creating endless sorting problems in the kitchen. In an attempt to fit in, Spork dons a hat to look more spoon-ish and later a crown to fit in with the forks, but neither leads to approval. Finally, a messy baby arrives in the human household spilling, flinging, and dripping with abandon and Spork turns out to be the perfect eating utensil. Maclear, the daughter of a British father and Japanese mother, writes knowingly of cultural hybridity, and her message of acceptance will resonate, particularly with parents. Arsenault's digitally assembled, mixed-media illustrations, rendered in gray tones highlighted in red, feature a host of anthropomorphized kitchen utensils sure to delight young listeners. Particularly clever are Spork's fantasies of other combos: a mixer-juicer and a rolling pin-corkscrew, for example. Although the youngest may miss the text's interracial implications, they're sure to catch Mum and Dad's assurances that Spork is perfect just the way he is. Pair with Amy Krouse Rosenthal's Spoon (2009).--Weisman, Kay Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Half spoon, half fork, stumpy Spork is the product of a mixed marriage. He always feels left out at dinnertime, and "after the billionth time he was asked, "What are you, anyway? " he attempts to remake himself. "He put on a bowler hat to look more spoonish," and when that falls flat, he makes a paper crown "to look more forkish." Only the arrival of "a messy thing" that smears, spills, and sends the other cutlery flying provides the opportunity for Spork to shine, as "something that could do all sorts of things at once. Something flexible and easy to hold." The next-to-last page reveals that the "messy thing" is an enormous baby in a bib, who regards Spork fondly as she prepares to dig in. Arsenault (Mr. Gauguin's Heart) renders the various pieces of cutlery with scrawly, mixed-media artwork in muted grays and greens, reflecting the glumness and isolation Spork feels. It's a story that could wilt under the weight of moral high-mindedness, but the graceful voice of Maclear, making her children's book debut, keeps it light and entertaining. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Identity (Psychology) -- Juvenile fiction.
Individuality -- Juvenile fiction.
Tableware -- Juvenile fiction.
Kitchen utensils -- Fiction.
Individuality -- Fiction.
Publisher Toronto ; Tonawanda, NY :Kids Can Press,2010
Contributors Arsenault, Isabelle, 1978-
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN 9781553377368
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