Friday, October 22, 2010


Spork. Kyo Iona Maclear. Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault. 2010. Kids Can Press.  32 pages.

Spork was neither spoon nor fork...
but a bit of both.
He had a mum and a dad...
who both thought he was perfect
just the way he was.
But Spork stuck out.
In his kitchen, forks were forks and spoons were spoons.

Spork is a book with a message--but I think I like it anyway. (I wouldn't say love.) Spork doesn't fit in with the forks or the spoons. He doesn't like being alone, being the one-and-only. He doesn't feel needed or wanted. The forks and spoons are always getting used; they are always in service. But who needs a spork?! But when Spork meets a "messy thing" (a baby) he may have found his perfect match, his reason for being.

It's a silly story--absurd in a way--yet it works in a strange way.

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

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