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Pass the Fritters, Critters

Pass the Fritters, Critters

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by Cheryl Chapman, Susan L. Roth (Illustrator)
Cheryl Chapman's playful nonsense rhyme, coupled with Susan L. Roth's bold and colorful art, turns a lesson in manners into a yummy storytime treat.


Cheryl Chapman's playful nonsense rhyme, coupled with Susan L. Roth's bold and colorful art, turns a lesson in manners into a yummy storytime treat.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
If Miss Manners swallowed a rhyming dictionary, she might have produced this spirited seminar on lunchtime etiquette. A boy at table issues a series of requests--``Pass the cantaloupe, Antelope,'' ``Pass the muffin, Puffin,'' etc.--but he is refused each time. Finally, an adult reminds him that there's a ``magic word,'' which, of course, is ``please.'' The banquet then begins, and the boy dispels all doubts about his courtesy with such pleasantries as ``After you, Kangaroo.'' Roth's cut-paper collages, far more suggestive here than in Another Christmas , add to the zaniness with gay swaths of color and festive touches (the fritters of the title seem to have been cut out with pinking shears; a bunny and a bear are fringed to hint at their furriness; napkins and bibs come from checkerboard-print paper). Best of all is the presiding adult, so large that when she appears full-figure, you have to turn the book sideways--and you still can't see her head. Like the rest of these pictures, it shows enough to make the reader laugh and it leaves just enough to the imagination. Ages 3-5. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-K-- Bunny won't pass the honey, parrot won't pass the carrot, etc. In rhyming text, various critters refuse to pass the fritters until a mother asks for the secret word (please)--then spider passes the cider, etc. The cut-paper collage illustrations are bright and colorful, cleverly laid out, and effective in conveying the concept of manners. The message won't be lost on young readers because it's cloaked in a fun story. --Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, NY
Julie Corsaro
Young children for whom the word "no" has a great deal of appeal will enjoy this wonderfully illustrated treatise on table manners. Invited to join a bevy of beasts for a meal, a dark-skinned, shaggy-haired boy has a hard time getting any food. For instance, when he asks the critters to "Pass the Fritters," the response is "No." Eclair from the bear: "Never!" Cobbler from the gobbler: "I'd rather not." It is only when his mother reminds him of the magic word "Please" that the boy convinces the spider to pass the cider. He even gets an invitation to be a snack ("No thank you, Alligator . . ."). Rendered in very bright cut paper (including many red-and-white checkered napkins), the collage artwork has bold shapes, delicate details, and a whimsical, childlike feeling. Although the negations interrupt the flow of the rhyming text, the high energy and humor will keep youngsters involved.

Product Details

Little Simon
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
10.29(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
4 - 5 Years

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Pass the Fritters, Critters 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son loved this book! Now my second is enjoying it. It's fun and teaches manners too!