Gino Badino

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Badino Pasta is in trouble. Bigger companies are producing more pasta more quickly, and selling it more cheaply. Every Badino must lend a hand (or paw--the Badinos are mice), and young Gino's job is to sweep the factory at the end of the day. But alas, Gino has an artist's soul: instead of sweeping, he spends his time molding animals from bits of leftover pasta dough. And though Gino's creations win praise from his teachers and friends, they cause conflict at home. But when some of the little creatures accidentally wind up in store-bound boxes, they prove a hit. The author/illustrator of the Josephina books and The Little Lump of Clay presents a delightful extended family (in which ``my little linguine'' is a term of endearment), and cooks up an easy-to-swallow message about the good things that can come from following your heart. Ages 4-up. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- In this rather far-fetched success story, mouse-child Gino saves the family pasta business by creating pasta mice that become instant hits when they are accidentally sold to consumers. Gino hates his job of sweeping the factory floor after school each day, preferring to sculpt mice and other creatures from chunks of dough swept up from the floor, which he leaves everywhere. When he overhears his worried family discussing the failing business, he takes matters in his own hands, and, in the aftermath of his attempt to help, his macaroni mice are shipped to stores. His future is insured. The Badino family--human bodies, expressive mice heads--is portrayed in subdued watercolor and ink in a factory OSHA would shut down in a minute (although the workers do wear gloves). A good example of extended family solidarity is presented in the business, along with a concern for a quality product. Lightly amusing, but not a first purchase. --Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NB
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688095024
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/1991
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 years

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