If Waffles Were Like Boys

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Overview

What if everything were just like boys?

If shopping carts were like boys . . . grocery stores would be racetracks!

If pillows were like boys . . . bedrooms would besuperhero hideouts!

Perfect for bedtime, this funny and tender celebration of boyhood will have everyone seeing their world in a whole new way.

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Overview

What if everything were just like boys?

If shopping carts were like boys . . . grocery stores would be racetracks!

If pillows were like boys . . . bedrooms would besuperhero hideouts!

Perfect for bedtime, this funny and tender celebration of boyhood will have everyone seeing their world in a whole new way.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Harper (Cupcake) offers a series of offbeat similes about the nature of boys. "If waffles were like boys... breakfast would be a BATTLEFIELD! If socks were like boys... laundry baskets would be PIRATE SHIPS!" Matching the whimsy of the comparisons, Magoon's illustrations create simple, inventive interpretations—one waffle employs a cereal-spoon catapult to attack a toast fortress, while a laundry basket becomes a frigate for sock puppet pirates. The collection mainly focuses on boys' more boisterous tendencies, and both collaborators work in some sly references throughout. Given kids' predilection for playing with their food, it only makes sense that "If peas were like boys... dinner plates would be PLAYGROUNDS!" And Harper riffs on hot dogs (alluding at once to food, animals, and showing off) to create a rodeo scene in which Magoon (Mostly Monsterly) has a hot dog cowboy riding a bottle of horseradish sauce in a clever visual pun. While not every boy is as rambunctious as those pictured, plenty are, and the rest will appreciate the book's leaps in imagination. Ages 3–6. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
If waffles were boys, imagine what would happen at the breakfast table. The author with the support of the illustrator envisions a battlefield with one waffle catapulting cereal at another waffle in the fort made of toast. On the other hand, if shopping carts were boys, then they would zoom around the perimeter of the grocery store. Through the story, inanimate objects take on the personality of boys in this book. With a mixture of imagination, readers see another perspective as socks, toothbrushes, stars, and more items transform into animate objects with young male personalities. In the illustrations, there are clues that foreshadow the changes. For instance, the eye patch, earring, sword, and boots are clues related to a pirate when socks in the laundry basket turn into buccaneers on the high seas. After turning the page, Magoon's illustrations help to reveal the imaginary world where the objects take on the spirited personalities of boys. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—A short, lightly humorous bedtime story. The text follows an unnamed youngster throughout his day, comparing boys' personalities to, well, waffles, among other things. "If waffles were like boys, breakfast would be a battlefield!"; "If hot dogs were like boys, picnics would be rodeos!"; "If toothbrushes were like boys, bathrooms would be jungles….Good night, boys." The cartoon illustrations carry the story; they are colorful and whimsical. Moms of rambunctious boys will probably relate to the protagonist's energy level. However, this book still qualifies as a secondary purchase.—Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061779985
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/30/2011
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 654,162
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Charise Mericle Harper is the author of the Just Grace and Fashion Kitty series and picture books such as Cupcake, Mimi and Lulu, and If Waffles Were Like Boys. She lives with her family in Westchester, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Love it!!!

    My son absolutely loves this book!!! It is one of his favorites!!!

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