Hello, friends! Our book today is Masha Munching by Amalia Hoffman, a hilarious tale of table manners.
Masha the goat and her barnyard friends love nothing more than to share their meals. Every breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Masha and her pals chomp on hay, gnaw on tree branches, and slurp up water. Yet Masha is feeling a little tired of the same menu day after day. She puts on her fanciest dress and decides to explore other types of food, leaving her friends at the farm with a promise to return. Down the road, she discovers a fancy restaurant run by a penguin named Monsieur Pierre, and she is excited to try his menu du jour. However, there may be a miscommunication as to exactly what is on that menu…
A delightful romp. I can honestly say, I did not see the twist of this story coming, and when it did, it had me and JJ in absolute stitches. Hoffman uses repetition and well-paced comedic timing to tell a comedy of manners that young readers will love. The hand-drawn paper-cut artwork makes for unique and somewhat folksy visuals, but never feels flat or boring. The length is great for any storytime, and JJ had a blast with this one, especially Monsieur Pierre’s comical outbursts. An enjoyably absurd story, and a real treat – Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)