The Kitchen Talks

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Ever wonder what your kitchen does in the early hours of the morning?

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That's what your kitchen would tell you if you listened. While the fridge stays cool as a cucumber, the pot holder is longing for a cool drink. The cookie jar feels sad when its belly is empty. Does the freezer get goose bumps? And do you know what the ...

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Overview

Ever wonder what your kitchen does in the early hours of the morning?

"I am very very busy, and that is how I like it."

That's what your kitchen would tell you if you listened. While the fridge stays cool as a cucumber, the pot holder is longing for a cool drink. The cookie jar feels sad when its belly is empty. Does the freezer get goose bumps? And do you know what the silverware does in the early hours of the morning?

The next time you're in the kitchen, listen very closely and you'll hear . . .

Petra Mathers, best known for her beloved Lottie's World series, lends her distinctive, quirky style to this humorous collection of poems.

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Children's Literature
I bet you have never given much thought to the items in your kitchen as far as them talking. Mozelle sets us straight and provides a couple of poems that are real gems. Among my favorites are "Toaster"—"Jack-in-the box/For bread/Includes a tan" and "Refrigerator"—"My door/Opens/Closes/Opens/Closes/Opens/Closes/You know the routine./Still,/As a Rule/I keep my cool." Now you get the idea and the illustrations that go along with the poems are equally as amusing. Generally the poems are quite short, but they truly sum up each of the objects one would find in most kitchens. These poems would be good choices for younger kids because they are easy to memorize, but also food for thought for older students who might be challenged to come up with their own poems about the kitchen and its contents. 2006, Henry Holt, Ages 4 to 10.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
K-Gr 5-Mathers's cover illustration tells the overarching story: in a charmed kitchen a smiling doorknob is confronted by 12 microphones determined to get the inside story. Mozelle's verse, mostly bite-sized morsels, offers a playful take on commonplace objects such as paper towels, dishes, the stove, and the kitchen clock. Many of the poems are formulaic riddles that give away their subject in the title line. A few succeed in offering an unusual description of the object, as in "Toaster": "Jack-in-the-box/For bread/Includes a tan." The terse two-liner for "Freezer" works in much the same riddlelike way: "Cold as ice/But no goose bumps." The 20 short verses offer children amusement and new ways of thinking about things. Whimsical watercolors often appear helter-skelter in their placement from page to page with much white space. Yet there are charming moments such as the painting of the inside of a freezer where a frozen blue trout stands on its tail while juggling a few frozen peas.-Teresa Pfeifer, Alfred Zanetti Montessori Magnet School, Springfield, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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The inanimate denizens of the kitchen nab the limelight in this somewhat uneven, amusingly illustrated collection of 20 short poems. Much of the verse employs personification-the refrigerator, pot holder and rolling pin drolly narrate their own poems. In others, the narrative voice becomes oddly anonymous, as in the two-line poem "Freezer": "Cold as ice / But no goose bumps." Tired initial simile aside, the question of goose bumps seems an odd introduction in a collection focused on objects. Mathers's light touch redeems this same double spread with a funny, sneak-peek interior: A fish juggles lima beans atop a carton of strawberry ice cream, near a box of "Hungry Dude" pizza. Some poems stand out for their playful metaphors and puns: "Toaster" is "Jack-in-the-box / For bread"; "Paper Towels" enjoins " . . . Don't stop me now-I'm on a roll." Mozelle brings the precision demanded by the short form to many, but not all, of these poems. Mathers's cheerfully quirky watercolors notwithstanding, this collection neither falls flat nor rises above. (Poetry. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805071436
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 3/21/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.33 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Shirley Mozelle is the author of the Zack's Alligator beginning reader series, among other books. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida.

Petra Mathers has written and illustrated many books for children. She lives near Astoria, Oregon.

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