Sunday, October 17, 2010

Review: Mrs. Pinkelmeyer and Moopus McGlinden Burn the Rrrrump Rrrroast by Jennifer Kelman

Synopsis:

Meet the Silliest, Warmest Know-It-All™, Mrs. Pinkelmeyer from Poppingham, England and her furry brown dog, Moopus McGlinden, in their first adventure. This fresh, funny, and charmingly illustrated story will make even the youngest children laugh and smile. When Mrs. Pinkelmeyer tries to put her rrrrump rrrroast in the oven, she talks on the phone to a mysterious stranger in New York who is caring for her nephew while his parents are away. Any child who has felt the sadness of separation from a loved one knows a good story can provide just the right comfort. Mrs. Pinkelmeyer distracts Henry who missed his parents so much that he was no longer singing or playing. As Mrs. Pinkelmeyer talks to little Henry on the phone from the other side of the Atlantic, he forgets his absent parents while concentrating on Mrs. Pinkelmeyer and Moopus.

The Elliott Review:

This book is one that kids will definitely enjoy. The pictures are whimsical and hilarious-looking, so they will appeal to children and adults of all ages. The playful quality of a "Rrrrump Rrrroast" being included in the story is something I know will instantly endear this story to my students' hearts, along with the dog's strange name and cute little face.

Though I have not taught with this book yet, I believe that it will be a great addition to my repertoire of mentor texts mainly in the area of plot development. The simplicity of the story can clearly show how a problem is presented and then resolved through the character's actions which is something that developing writers need to be able to see first hand. A variety of writing prompts could be developed based on the events of the story.

Thanks so much to the author who provided this book for a fair review. I was not required to write a positive review.

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