A Humorous Book that Gives a Peek Into Another Culture

It is always big news when Mo Willems comes out with a new picture book.  I received an early copy of this book at Book Expo America and the line was so long to meet Mo and get this lovely new story that they had to give us wrist bands because they only had a limited number of copies.  What delights me about this latest offering is that we get a humorous book that gives a peek into another culture.  Mo Willems recently spent some time in France and this book as well as Diva and Flea are inspired by that time.

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Title: Nanette’s Baguettenanettes-baguette a humorous book that gives a peek into another culture

Author: Mo Willems

Target: Preschool – Grade 1

What this book is about:

A little frog named Nanette gets to fetch the baguette from baker Juliette for the first time on her own. Can she make it home with the baguette intact or will she succumb to the warm and wonderful smells and eat said baguette? Well, I think you know the answer to that one! Of course her mother forgives her and they go together to replace the baguette, but will this new delicious treasure suffer the same fate?

Why I love this book:

  • Ok, the rhyming in this book is just wonderful and makes it a fabulous read aloud. The cadence flows so well with rhetorical questions for the audience that will draw listeners in immediately.
  • There is plenty of humor in this one, so kids will be entertained from start to finish. The vocabulary is also challenging so kids will be exposed to lovely verbal descriptions that are easy to decipher in the context of the story. I mean how often do you have a frog “beset with regret” This is good stuff.
  • The artwork threw me at first, but I have grown to appreciate it. Mo Willems uses handcrafted paper models and when I first looked at the book it felt quite juvenile. However, now that the book has lived with me a while, they feel well paired with the text.

Who this book is for:

Great for kids who love to laugh and be engaged in a story.

Final thoughts:

I love the premise of this book, that families go to the bakery in France to get fresh baguettes daily. It is such a lovely look into another culture.

To purchase this book:

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