Soup for One

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Shoo, fly, shoo! One little fly thinks he’s getting a big bowl of hot soup all to himself. Little does he know, interlopers wait around every corner. Help him to count the unwelcome pals that join him for lunch—one after another after another—up to ten! Who will get the last slurp of soup? Does the ravenous chef have a chance against ten hungry flies? Or will the sneaky spider hiding on every page be the one to triumph?

Bright colors, sly humor, and a fun seek-and-find element ...

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Overview


Shoo, fly, shoo! One little fly thinks he’s getting a big bowl of hot soup all to himself. Little does he know, interlopers wait around every corner. Help him to count the unwelcome pals that join him for lunch—one after another after another—up to ten! Who will get the last slurp of soup? Does the ravenous chef have a chance against ten hungry flies? Or will the sneaky spider hiding on every page be the one to triumph?

Bright colors, sly humor, and a fun seek-and-find element are all contained within the pages of a durable, kid-friendly, paper-over-board format, making Soup for One a delectable picture book treat.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Tee hee hee! Some soup for me!" cries a delighted insect as he flies through an open window into a bowl of soup on a kitchen table. Not prepared to share, the fly becomes increasingly vexed as one bug after another joins him ("No more! No more!/ It won't hold four!"), until the count reaches double digits: "Not again! Now there are 10!" Long's (Chamelia) singsong couplets with their counting-themed rhymes invite chiming in as the insect tally climbs. The mixed-media illustrations incorporate photographic elements (namely the bowl, a spoon, and some soup crackers), lending a three-dimensional quality to the swimming pool–like soup bowl. The cartoony bug characters add an abundance of visual humor: all but the first, cranky interloper are having a dandy time in the soup—diving below the surface, resting on a cracker, and drinking from a straw—and a spider is seen loitering in the background. The soup's rightful (and hungry) owner spoils the fun, but leaves a soupçon for the spider. Straightforward but entertaining fare. Ages 3–6. (Apr.)
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PW
"Long's (Chamelia) singsong couplets with their counting-themed rhymes invite chiming in…The cartoony bug characters an abundance of visual humor…Straightforward but entertaining fare"

Tucson Citizen/King Features
"The colorful illustrations and amusing story will encourage young readers to learn to count to ten.  This creative and whimsical book is highly recommended."

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“Loaded with great fun, this imaginative counting book is terrific in every way.”

Scholastic Parent & Child magazine
“Lots of silly fun.”

Good Reads With Ronna blog
"A treat to read … Long has created an engaging story that is part counting book and part whimsical mystery … There are so many ways to delight your child as you make a game and count to ten … this picture book works on so many levels.”

Cole, Age 5
"I like this book. I like the pictures and fun counting. Some of it looks real. It is a good book."

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
Mixed media combined with clever rhyming and a fly with an attitude make this counting book a fresh take on the genre. A fly spots a bowl of soup through an open window and dives in to claim it for his own. But, wait—it seems he is not alone as other flying creatures, one by one, take their place in the bowl despite protestations. The minimal text and bug-eyed creatures are sure to engage the preschool set as they count along to ten. Then suddenly, a lizard shoos everyone away and slurps down the soup leaving just enough for the spider who has been hanging around throughout the story. It is sure to become a favorite as youngsters begin to "read" along as the story is learned. The creatures make pointing and counting a breeze. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—This counting book begins with a single fly in some soup. He is joined by a second one and a third until the bowl is brimming with 10 flies. Suddenly the chef, a large lizard, arrives and eats up most of the soup. The bugs flee, but the chef chases them, hoping to have them for dessert. As soon as they leave, a sneaky spider emerges and enjoys "soup for one." The humorous text is brief, with only one rhyming couplet per page. Each verse ends with a number, so the rhymes are fairly predictable, like, "Oh, good heavens!/Not soup for seven!" The vocabulary is simple enough for beginning readers, and the novel premise and charming illustrations will keep youngsters engaged. The large text is printed on full-color illustrations. Long's bugs are drawn with simple lines, big round eyes, and lots of personality. The artist uses a clever combination of photo images and digital drawings to create the backgrounds, so the soup spoon and saltine cracker look realistic, while the flies look like cartoons, heightening the humor by the contrast. The simple rhymes and engaging illustrations make this a good pick for those looking for a fresh concept book.—Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762443543
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 824,761
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ethan Long
Ethan Long
Ethan Long is the author and/or illustrator of over 55 children's books, including Tickle the Duck!, One Drowsy Dragon, Chamelia, and Up, Tall and High!. He is also the creator of the Emmy nominated animated shorts series Tasty Time With ZeFronk. His website is www.ethanlong.com
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Adorable!

    My son loved the topic of this book. The illustration is cute. Theres lots of fun with counting. The end is also funny to little ones. A must have in childrens library.

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