Kristina-Elizabeth's parents sent her alone on an ocean liner to see her Ukrainian grandmother in Ireland. For the trip, her parents ordered that her menu include oatmeal every day. Because she didn't like oatmeal, she threw it overboard, everyday. There, a tiny, delighted worm found the grey globs, ate them, and grew. The worm followed the ship to Loch Ness where luckily everyone else tossed their oatmeal because no one liked it. Luckily, too, this enabled the sweet worm to grow up to become the lovable Loch Ness Monster.
Now, doesn't that silly story make you want you to eat your oatmeal?
The full-spread browntone illustrations speak beautifully of the time and mood, and the cartoon characters show emotion and depth. It is nice to see the Loch Ness monster pop up in literature again and might be a catalyst for further reading on the Loch Ness monster. The last page in 4 or 5 pt. black font on a brown background gives some interesting facts about picky eaters in "The Science of It All." We think the last page is the best in the book. Actually, we like oatmeal but we can't recommend the book for grades 3-6. It should appeal more to preschool-2.
Kitty by Nic Bruel
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