The Worst Breakfast – China Mieville, illustrated by Zak Smith

      The Worst Breakfast – China Mieville, illustrated by Zak Smith, Black Sheep/Akashic Books; 9781617754869, 2016

Format: Hardcover,

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? The stream of consciousness dialogue between the two young girls was charming, creatively rhyming and captivating, while accurately portraying the picky nature of young children. The final worst breakfast horror was bits in the orange juice, which was totally realistic. I appreciate the author avoiding  common cereal, but rather including many unusual breakfast choices, international foods, imaginary or otherwise. I found the artwork very distinctive and thought-provoking, complementing the complex verbal dialogue, to provoke picky eaters to reconsider their habits.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Parents of picky eaters!

Who should buy this book? Preschool or elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Children’s picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Diane Neylon, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 

Date of review: 5/30/2017



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