Open Wide!

Overview


Get ready to chow down in this hilarious board book with a free punch-out paper airplane!

Picky eating is a common occurrence in many households, but this charming story turns this topic on its head as little Sam's refusal to eat changes a simple dinnertime meal into a hilarious display of silly parental antics! Laugh out loud as Sam's dad becomes an elephant, flies around the room like an airplane, and performs more daring tricks to try to ...

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Overview


Get ready to chow down in this hilarious board book with a free punch-out paper airplane!

Picky eating is a common occurrence in many households, but this charming story turns this topic on its head as little Sam's refusal to eat changes a simple dinnertime meal into a hilarious display of silly parental antics! Laugh out loud as Sam's dad becomes an elephant, flies around the room like an airplane, and performs more daring tricks to try to get Sam to eat!

OPEN WIDE! is a familiar picky eating story with a humorous and satisfying surprise ending. Includes a punch-out paper airplane that children can put on their spoons, just like Sam's!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
06/02/2014
“Open wide for the airplane”—many babies have been subjected to this dinnertime ploy, and like many, Krensky and Burks’s cowlicked hero isn’t having it. While Sam’s mother tries to tempt him with a spoon outfitted with red wings and fuselage, his father pantomimes animals for additional encouragement: “These carrots will make you hop like a bunny!” Burks nails Sam’s glowers and frowns, as well as his parents’ increasing frustration, which disappears once they discover that Sam just wants to take matters into his own hands. A cardboard airplane is included. Up to age 3. Illustrator’s agent: Kelly Sonnack, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (July)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-25
Baby Sam, a reluctant eater, finally takes a bite with the help of the spoon-as-airplane trick.The book comes with a set of cardboard wings that adults can punch out of the back of the book and then fold around any adult-sized spoon to make it into an airplane. At the beginning of the book, Sam stubbornly sits with mouth shut tight in his high chair. Mom holds a wing-adorned spoon, promising, "These yummy green beans will make you big as an elephant!" Across the gutter, Sam's father casts an elephant-shaped shadow on the wall. The pattern repeats with other foodstuffs and animals. When his parents have given up all hope, Sam proudly grabs the airplane spoon and shovels in a mound of grub. Burks' retro cartoons in a muted color palette look hip, and the expressions of the various family members will be clear and accessible to little ones. While the cardboard-plane spoon is a very clever idea and it is relatively easy to construct, it will be difficult for toddlers to grasp on their own as depicted and will likely not survive very many repeat "landings" (the instructions recommend using the original as a pattern to trace and cut out a replacement). Since many parents may want to share this title at meal times, a sturdier, washable material would have been a better choice for this project.Enjoyable propaganda. (Board book. 1-2)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545533683
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/29/2014
  • Pages: 14
  • Age range: 2 - 3 Years

Meet the Author


Stephen Krensky was born on November 25th in Boston Massachusetts. He is a versatile author who has written over hundred books as well as several multi-media projects for children. He sees himself as "an ordinary person who makes up stories for a living." He has written in many forms, including fantasy, realism, fiction, and non-fiction. Stephen admits that writing is as much a craft as an art, but that writing for children is an enjoyable and rewarding process. He graduated form Hamilton College in upstate New York in 1975. Currently he lives in Lexington, MA with his wife and two sons.

James Burks has spent the last fifteen years working in the animation industry on various movies and television shows, including THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE, ATLANTIS, TREASURE PLANET, SPACE JAM, THE IRON GIANT, WOW WOW WUBBZY, and most recently on FAN BOY & CHUM CHUM. BIRD & SQUIRREL ON ICE is the sequel to James's first graphic novel for Scholastic, BIRD & SQUIRREL ON THE RUN. James lives Valencia, California.

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