Created by Bill Slavin, Who Broke the Teapot?! is a picture book filled with the chaos only a family can bring. Published by Tundra Books, the story is an imaginative interpretation of Newton’s third law.
The book begins in the middle, showing the results of an unseen event that triggers the madness. The initial pages of the book don’t explain the disarray in the kitchen. Instead, the story gives its readers clues hidden within the illustrations.
From a toppled stool to the thread of yarn, every detail in the pictures serves the story’s narration. Speaking of the illustrations, Bill created the art in this book in acrylic on gessoed board. This combination results in a unique style that fits the chaotic tone of the story.
The interesting characters in Who Broke the Teapot?! are just familiar enough to identify with. From the dad reading to the children surrounding him, the family feels real.
The events that lead to the broken teapot is a choreographed series of actions and reactions. In this book, everyone is a suspect.
Who Broke the Teapot?! is a fun story that young readers will enjoy. The illustrations are filled with little hints that will please the smallest of detectives.
Bill’s use of a rhyming narration style should make it easy for early readers to work their way through the story. Just don’t be surprised if you identify with one of the characters in the book.
The narration in the story is a fun twist on the usual structure. The start is the middle, the middle is the start, and the ending wraps everything up. The reveal of the culprit is a payoff that a lot of children will appreciate.
Who Broke the Teapot?! is a great addition to any children’s bookshelf and can be found in stores today.
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