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Pots and Pans

Pots and Pans

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by Patricia Hubbell, Diane Degroat (Illustrator), Diane de Groat (Illustrator)

For high-energy toddlers, here's a playful poem that celebrates the thrill of making noise.


For high-energy toddlers, here's a playful poem that celebrates the thrill of making noise.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Grab those lids! Clang those pans! Hubbell has written a cacophonous symphony that will be familiar to the parents of any toddler. With the assistance of a kitten and a puppy, an inquisitive youngster cheerfully destroys an entire kitchen. Diane deGroat's watercolor illustrations are charming and vivid, adding further life to the story.
School Library Journal
PreSChaos reigns supreme in the kitchen when baby clears the cupboards, scattering pots and pans, lids and cans over the floor. Hubbell's exuberant rhymes ("Clap, clap, clap./Clink, clink, clink./Everybody's scooting/Past the kitchen sink") roll and tumble around de Groat's floor-level views of a silky-haired toddler banging merrily away. The clatter brings a pair of parental ankles, attached, as it turns out, to Daddy, who bemusedly joins baby on the floor in the final scene. Falling in length and cacophony somewhere between Jan Ormerod's Saucepan Game (Lothrop, 1989; o.p.) and Quentin Blake's All Join In (Little, Brown, 1991; o.p.), this makes a fine candidate for a lap-sit story.John Peters, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
This boisterous picture book, a kindred spirit to Eve Merriam's Bam Bam Bam (1995), is a rollicking salute to the utter chaos created by a curious tot let loose in the kitchen. Skillfully epitomizing the boundless inquisitiveness of toddlers, Hubbell describes the exuberant explorations of one mischievous child. Bouncy rhymes crescendo with the growing excitement of a baby as it experiments with different objects: hitting, slamming, and banging them together, creating a cacophony of sound. Children will enjoy "reading" the sound effects, set in a bold typeface that stands out from the rest of the text. DeGroat's colorful illustrations humorously depict the antics of a cat, a dog, and a baby as they revel in this lively impromptu performance. (Board book. 1-3)

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Growing Tree Series
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.08(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Patricia Hubbell has been writing poetry since she was eleven years old. In 1998, her Wrapping Paper Romp was selected as a Parents Magazine Book of the Year. Patricia Hubbell lives with her husband, Harold Hornstein, in Easton, Connecticut, the small town where she was born. Remembering how much their children and grandchildren loved to bounce when they were very young prompted her to write Bouncing Time. "Bouncing is one of the joyous things little kids do," she says. "It reflects their constant enthusiasm."

Diane deGroat is the illustrator of more than 120 children's books and the author-illustrator of bestselling books about Gilbert, including Ants in Your Pants, Worms in Your Plants! (Gilbert Goes Green); April Fool! Watch Out at School!; Mother, You're the Best! (But Sister, You're a Pest!); Last One in Is a Rotten Egg!; and the New York Times bestseller Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink. Diane lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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Pots and Pans 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Move over wild things and Chicka-Chicka Boom! Boom!, this book rules in our house! My husband bought this book for our now 6-year-old when he was one and it's been a family favorite ever since. Our 4-year-old 'reads' it to her baby sister and our son sings along. The rhythm and rhyme are sheer perfection. Get this book- you and your baby will fall in love with it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful !!!!!! It is a very expressive book and lots fun for children and adults to read.