"Too silly" is my giggling six year old's verdict of Funny Lunch, by David Catrow. That's a great recommendation, if ever I've heard one. If you have a kindergartner or first grader who's reading one or two sentences on a page, find this book. The humor will have them coming back for more.
Max Spaniel, the star of Dinosaur Hunt, is back for a second installment in this laugh-out-loud series. Here, Max is in the kitchen. He is not a dog - he is a chef, a chef who loves pizzas! When one customer refuses the special of the day and orders chili instead, Max gives him a scarf, hat and mittens - so he won't be "chilly" any more! When another orders a hot dog, a panting dog with a fan is served. Our favorite section was when a tour bus arrives and orders 100 pizzas. Can Max live up to this challenge?
The Max Spaniel books are great for early readers who love jokes and silly humor. Catrow successfully mixes simple words and sentences with detailed, over-the-top pictures. 40 pages Ages 4-6
Reviewed by Great Kid Books
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In this second book featuring Max Spaniel, the comic pooch informs us, "I am not a dog. I am a
great chef." He and his side-kick--a huge orange tabby cat--run a diner. Wackiness abounds as the two would-be restaurateurs prepare for a busy day by washing their paws (with the cat, naturally, licking hers clean) and not-very-successfully making pizza. The humor does not let up: when a hungry customer's stomach growls, Max growls back, and the climax--when the dog and cat must fill an order for a hundred pizzas, which they do quite ingeniously--is quite fitting. Short sentences and large type will appeal to the beginning-reader set. The brightly colored illustrations add to the fun, although some young readers might need adult assistance in appreciating a few of the details, making this a good choice for a read-aloud. Ages 4-8.
Recommended by Barbara Karp, Librarian.