Tuesday, April 3, 2018

"The Kiddie Table" - a bookwrap

Unwrapping today's featured book

"The Kiddie Table"

Author / Illustrator: Colleen Madden

Published by Capstone, August 1, 2018
Ages:  4-8
Pages: 32

Enjoy the first page

Unwrapping some more fabulous illustrations 

About the book

This is a book that almost every family can relate to.  It's Thanksgiving and two tables are set ready to welcome the adults and the kids.  When you are 8-years-old which table should you be seated at?  Mmmmmm? 

The 8-year-old girl in the story has the misfortune of being placed at the kiddie table.  She is stunned and very infuriated at that decision of placement. After all she is legally potty trained, can easily manoeuver two-digit multiplication for crying-out-loud, makes her own waffles, safely uses the microwave and knows all her table manners and etiquette... so why in the world would she get dumped in with the pacifier crowd? After tolerating potatoes being plopped on her thigh, and much burping and drooling she loses her cool. She jumps up from her chair and shouts:



The adult guests are shocked at such rude behaviour and the girl's mother immediately steps in and does an intervention.  Her mom knows exactly how to calm her little girl and keep the lovely  family dinner going.  Will the girl be allowed to join the adults at their table and share the Thanksgiving meal with them?  Or... will she be ordered to her room for disrupting a special family gathering after displaying a temper tantrum meltdown like many of the babies might display who are seated at the kiddie table?  

The illustrations are truly amazing.  They are full of detail, expression and lots of emotion.  The story is written in rhyme and the author does a brilliant job of highlighting the pain of growing up and finally being accepted to transition into the adult world.  It's never an easy passage for sure but this delightful picture book tackles the issue head on with humour and best of all, resolve.  I highly, highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 ++ HUGS!!!!!

Introducing the author/illustrator

The weird fourth kid in a family of 8, Colleen Madden made it through childhood pretending to be a wookie and doodling in her cardboard box art studio. Colleen spent some time acting and training at The Second City in Chicago, then went on to graduate from a small liberal arts school on the East coast. Colleen is currently working on her next author/illustrator title for publication, THE KIDDIE TABLE, with Capstone Books. Available online and in stores Fall 2018. Colleen eats and works and runs around in the Philadelphia area. :-D

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