'Spoon,' a Children's Book About a Self-Conscious Spoon

20090402-spoon.jpgThere's something about anthropormorphized utensils that you just have to love. In honor of International Children's Book Day today, here is a look at Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Scott Magoon.

The protagonist is a spoon with your average identity issues—should he be jealous of forks that can twist up pasta? Are exotic chopsticks a threat? Does he live a fulfilled life if he can't spread jam?

For the most part, Spoon lives a pretty happy existence scooping up stuff, with a sliver of a line as a mouth (usually smiling) and stick figure hands (that wave). But you know, it's tough. Images from the book, after the jump.


This is probably my favorite page. The spoon family tree, with a moustached uncle on the left and slotted spoon cousins. Gotta love the freakishly tall ladle.


But those rounded edges mean he'll never see the likes of a salad or spongy cake. He'll never be a fork. Sigh.


But like all feel-good children's books, Spoon realizes he has strengths, even if they are limited to cereal bowls and tea-stirring. And not to ruin the ending, but there's a bedroom scene that uses one of his best strengths—a horizontal snuggle move. None of the other utensils can claim that.

If there were to be a sequel, I feel like sporks are up next. They've got plenty of messed-up identity issues.

'Spoon' will go on sale on April 7.

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