Maybelle in the Soup

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When Mr. and Mrs. Peabody invite a guest to dinner, Maybelle the cockroach, who lives under their refrigerator, ignores the warnings of Henry the flea to be sensible and ends up "splashing" into a big adventure.
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Overview

When Mr. and Mrs. Peabody invite a guest to dinner, Maybelle the cockroach, who lives under their refrigerator, ignores the warnings of Henry the flea to be sensible and ends up "splashing" into a big adventure.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
No one wants to discover a cockroach in their soup. Yet that is but one of the comical events that occurs in this delightful early reader pairing Maybelle the Cockroach and Henry the Flea as the main characters. The tale, told from their viewpoint, allows for a fresh, interesting approach to some everyday happenings. The main premise of this 14 chapter book is that the uppity Peabodys hate bugs and believe they would not possibly have any in their house. However, they do. When Maybelle and Henry are discovered, the Peabodys head to a hotel for a few days so the "bug man" can rid the house of the pests. Unbeknownst to the Peabodys, Maybelle and Henry tag along for a vacation, causing havoc at the ritzy hotel, too. Readers will easily follow this simple, amusing story. In addition, the short chapters and readable text allows early readers to enjoy a chapter book independently. Readers will enjoy sharing the adventures of Maybelle and Henry! Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal

Gr 2-5
Maybelle is a lone cockroach living in the pristine Peabody household. She has a cozy home beneath the refrigerator and a faithful friend, Henry the Flea, who is a constant voice of reason when she tests the limits of her small world. Rhyming rules like "never meet with human feet" and "when it's light, stay out of sight" have kept Maybelle safe thus far, but she is tired of eating fallen crumbs and longs for food that hasn't touched the floor. The moment she picks to head to the table, though, happens to come during a dinner party with Very Important Guests. A splash into the soup starts her on a string of adventures, including a run-in with the family cat (where Henry "lived and dined") and a first-ever vacation (via Mrs. Peabody's suitcase) at a swanky hotel with foil-wrapped chocolates on the pillows-and room service. With its short chapters and simple dialogue, this story of friendship and wishful dreaming will engage readers. Although the voices help to define the characters, the wonderfully energetic illustrations bring them to life. Recommend this to reluctant readers who might have a penchant for the buggy side of life or those who want more from their world, no matter how young they are.
—Cheryl AshtonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

From the Publisher
Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List

A JLG Selection

* “Delightful details will make adults giggle right along with new readers. Maybelle is one cockroach who will be welcome back any day.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Fresh, interesting approach to some everyday happenings. . . . Readers will enjoy sharing the adventures of Maybelle and Henry!" —Childrens Literature

"This story of friendship and wishful dreaming will engage readers. Although the voices help to define the characters, the wonderfully energetic illustrations bring them to life. Recommend this to reluctant readers who might have a penchant for the buggy side of life or those who want more from their world, no matter how young they are." —School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805080926
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 9/4/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 501,454
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.83 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

KATIE SPECK grew up in New Orleans and now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with a husband, a daughter, an assortment of pets, and a bug or two. This is her first book.

PAUL RÁTZ DE TAGYOS went to Parsons School of Design quite some time ago. He is the author/illustrator of several books for children. He lives in New Rochelle, New York, with neither fleas nor roaches (he swears).

 

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  • Posted June 16, 2009

    Wanted: Cute cockroach to come to dinner!

    I recently found myself giggling when I read "Maybelle in the Soup" by Katie Speck. This book is a recent Bluebonnet Award Winner and is intended for children in grades 3-6, but would be enjoyed by all. It has short easy to read chapters and detailed illustrations. Maybelle is a precious cockroach that lives under the refrigerator of the Peabody's home. Her best friend and companion is Henry, a flea that inhabits their cat Ramona. Maybelle knows all the bug rules including not to be seen in the light, stay away from feet, and to run and hide if you are seen. However in her quest for fresh food that is not leftovers (particularly the delightful smelling mock turtle soup), she forgets all the rules and trouble ensues during a visit from Very Important Guests.
    Well, Maybelle is found out and the Peabody's hire the exterminator to come spray the house. They decide to stay at a hotel while the house is fumigated and just for fun Maybelle and Henry decide to join them on their mini vacation. Maybelle encounters fabulous foods like she has never seen before in the hotel and causes even more trouble.
    Will Maybelle and Henry make it home? Will things go back to the way they were? Read this cute book and find out. This story makes cockroaches and fleas seem endearing and likeable. It almost makes me want to have them as a guest in my home.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2008

    Non-Stop Fun

    My kids and I giggled through the whole book, and laughed so hard in a few spots we had to put it down to compose ourselves. The comedy is so physical you can almost see it as a movie, and the illustrations add a whole new light to it. This is more than a story about a bug. It's a story about setting goals and going for it, as well as a tale about friendship and loyalty. Maybelle is one book I can read again and again to my kids.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2008

    great read aloud book

    This is a wonderful book. I read this book aloud to all my kids ages 1-14 years while waiting in a restraunt. All of them loved it, and wanted to read more books about Maybelle. Unfortunatly there is only one more book about Maybelle out there, but it is very hard to find, and so far we have not been able to get our hands on it.

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