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Series: Spoon   
Annotation: A bendy drinking straw loves to speed through life, but he learns to appreciate taking it slow with the help of a friend.
Genre: [Humorous fiction]
Catalog Number: #193111
Format: Perma-Bound from Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Hyperion
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Illustrator: Magoon, Scott,
Pages: 48
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-484-74955-3 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-5979-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-484-74955-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-5979-3
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018056846
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
This final installment in Rosenthal's series on common utensils and their secret lives (Spoon, 2009; Chopsticks, 2012) follows a blue-striped drinking straw. Straw is well loved by his kitchen community, but he has one slightly grating quirk: he insists on finishing everything as fast as possible. When his need for speed results in a painful brain freeze, a (friendly) crazy straw intervenes to convince Straw that some things are meant to be savored. "Sometimes you just gotta stop and smell the milk shake!" After taking this advice to heart, Straw can't believe the magical things that appear when he takes the time to notice. Readers will appreciate the clever, punny text as well as Magoon's colorful, delightfully detailed illustrations raw's friends, for instance, include swizzle sticks, cocktail umbrellas, and bottle openers, and he sleeps snuggled in a paper straw wrapper. A simple story, it nonetheless imparts great wisdom in the suggestion that life should be about enjoying the moments and making the good things last.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: In 2017, we tragically lost the beloved Rosenthal to cancer. This posthumous release will be cherished by her multitude of fans.
Publishers Weekly
In this peppy companion to Spoon and Chopsticks, bendable paper Straw, who -has a great thirst for being first,- delights in boasting to his friends when he empties his glass well before they can complete their innate tasks. -Done!- he brags, as a funnel, sand timer, and eyedropper, still plugging along, look on chagrined. But Straw discovers a downside to his competitive craze when he dives into a snow cone and eagerly slurps away, soon experiencing a -Brain Freeze!- that -did not feel good-not even one little bit.- A curlicue glass straw encourages Straw to slow down and savor, advice that Spoon reinforces: -Sometimes you just gotta stop and smell the milk shake!- The late Rosenthal-s trademark wordplay is on full display, as is Magoon-s flair for giving kitchen utensils personality through a revealing shift of googly eyes, a suspicious lilt of an eyebrow, a telltale curve of a mouth. Relaxing in a frozen drink, Straw delivers the tale-s final flip line: when Spoon asks him, -What-s shakin-?- he replies, -Just chillin-. And it-s strawesome.- Ages 3-5. Agent: Amy Rennert, the Amy Rennert Agency. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 A companion book to precursors Spoon and Chopsticks, this third installment about another popular mealtime implement showcases Straw , a stripy fellow with many friends and "a great thirst for being first." When zipping ahead results in an unanticipated case of brain freeze, Straw starts appreciating the slower, leisurely, and more meaningful hobby of blowing bubbles and stopping to "smell the milk shake," along with floating off to sleep in a bubbly root beer float. He finally takes the time to savor the juicy red strawberry and swirly whipped cream in his glass. Rosenthal's quirky, offbeat humor is sure to entice readers with its silly and clever references, featuring a straw willing to bend toward a new way of life. Some of the images, however, may be somewhat unclear to youngsters. While goggle-eyed, swirly Krazy Straw is recognizably fun, young audiences may have trouble identifying the other tools used to pick up liquid: an eye dropper, funnel, and others. A turquoise pick in the shape of a palm tree may represent a utensil used to mix adult cocktails, but this will not mean much to children. Overall, kids should readily identify with the appeal of straw-slurping races, and adults will appreciate the abiding message that taking things slow has great merit. VERDICT With such a child-friendly protagonist, children may be more inclined to absorb this lesson. Who wouldn't want to "chill" in a frothy milkshake? Etta Anton, Yeshiva of Central Queens, NY
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Word Count: 325
Reading Level: 1.9
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.9 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 509934 / grade: Lower Grades

First there was Spoon. Then came Chopsticks. Now the last... Straw! The final entry in a trio of favorite "punny" tales reminds readers to savor life's little pleasures, from beloved bestselling and award-winning author Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

Straw has always had a great thirst for being first, slurping up anything in sight and rushing straight to the finish in every situation. But when his speedy streak gets the best of him, it takes a friend to show Straw how to take his time and drink in the amazing world around him. A companion to Spoon and Chopsticks, this warm and wise story--packed with the clever puns synonymous with this popular series--celebrates the joys of slowing down.

Don't miss these other titles in the Spoon series: Spoon and Chopsticks

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