Review: The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon

109902Title: The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon
Author/Illustrator: Mini Grey
Publisher: Red Fox
Publication Date: July 2, 2009
Format: Picture Book
ISBN: 978-1862307179
For ages: 3 -6
Type: Picture Book

I didn’t know where we were going and I didn’t care. I knew the Dish would take us there.

What ever happened when Dish ran away with Spoon? Sailing on the ship of adventure, Dish and Spoon find themselves in midst of the Great Depression era. They glide away together along the sea, became rich and famous, but spent it all on gambling and expensive items. Without money, they’re forced to borrow money from “a gang of sharp and shady characters.” To repay their loans, they rob a bank and wind up in jail.

Inspired by Bonnie and Clyde, Dish and Spoon are outlaws. An adventurous outlook on the nursery rhyme, this story resides in the hearts of adults rather than children. The pictures are beautifully drawn, but are quite busy for children. I pulled this book for my adventure themed storytime, but decided it depicted too many mature themes (famous, gambling, gangs, crime, and prison).

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