Author: Kyo Maclear
Illustrator: Isabelle Arsenault
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Release Date: September 1, 2010
Goodreads Synopsis: His mum is a spoon. His dad is a fork. And he’s a bit of both. He’s Spork! Spork sticks out in the regimented world of the cutlery drawer. The spoons think he’s too pointy, while the forks find him too round. He never gets chosen to be at the table at mealtimes until one day a very messy … thing arrives in the kitchen who has never heard of cutlery customs. Will Spork finally find his place at the table?
This was a nice little read for my daughter, but didn’t stay with her much the first time I read it to her. She wasn’t taken in very much by the pictures and the story was well enough for her but made sure we went through everything because she had many questions, mainly why the story was about a spoon-fork boy as she called him and why everyone was being mean.
It was a different way to talk to her about the differences in people and the inequality that happens to often, but it took much to discern the similarities when it involved cooking utensils. Not saying that she didn’t grasp the concept right away, it just didn’t really catch her attention. Other children’s book that have had the same theme have been more captivating for her, mostly the illustrations involved and characters.
Although this was not one of our favorites, it still got the message along pretty well at the end of everything, but not something that will have my daughter wanting to read it several more times. It was a cute enough story and great meaning behind it. I don’t doubt many others will like it even love it, but as for us it was only turned out to be a three star read.
***I received this copy from Kids Can Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***