Title: Jellybeans Morning, Noon & Night
Author: Maggie Pajak
Illustrator: Marni Backer
Publication Date: December 1, 2011
Publisher: Independent – Pinwheel Publishing, LLC
Number of pages: 50
Recommended age: 4 to 7
Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son)
This story is about two boys named Andrew and Matthew who love jellybeans. They make a plan to feed their Mom jellybeans for breakfast, lunch, and dinner so that they can eat the same the next day. They eat so many jellybeans that they feel sick, so they now only have jellybeans some of the time for dessert.
1. What do you think of the cover and/or the pictures in the book? I like the pictures a lot. I liked how there was a picture of one real thing in all of the drawings. The one that had the glass of orange juice was the coolest. I also liked the pictures of the real jellybeans.
2. What can you tell me about the main characters? The main characters are two young boys, Matthew and Andrew and they would like to eat jellybeans all the time. They were very smart to come up with a good plan to fool their Mom. But their Mom knew best.
3. What is your favorite part of the book? My favorite part is when the Mom eats the jellybeans. I would eat the jellybean sandwich but none of the other things. I really liked the hide and seek part too.
4. What is your least favorite part of the book? My least favorite part of the book is when they fool the Mom, because that was mean; but the Mom actually had her own plan which was to let them eat lots of jellybeans until they got sick.
5. Do you like jellybeans? Which is your favorite colour? What are some of your other favorite candies?
I love jellybeans and I was happy that the author included some with the book. I like the red jellybeans the best. My very favorite candy right now is taffy because we made it ourselves.
6. Overall, what did you think about this book? I really liked the book because it’s a good story and it has nice pictures and it’s all about jellybeans.
7. Who do you think would like this book? I think everybody would like this book.
Son Rating: ★★★★★
My Thoughts: Jellybeans Morning, Noon & Night is a “sweet” tale about two mischievous boys who come up with a plan to trick their Mom into letting them eat jellybeans all day long. Their Mom is easily fooled (or is she?) when she is served up some jellybean eggs for breakfast, a jellybean sandwich for lunch, and jellybean mash potatoes for dinner. True to her word, the boys enjoy eating jellybeans all day long the next day; but, was it all part of clever Mom’s secret plan?
This was such a breath of fresh air for a picture book. First, I have to mention that the quality of this hardcover book is excellent and the pages are heavy and will likely be very durable. This is a particularly good thing because the book includes a “hide and seek” activity where there are faces hidden throughout the illustrations in the book (a very nice touch!) so I’m sure kids will be flipping through the pages repeatedly.
I really loved this silly story. I loved how the boys used their problem solving skills and their creativity to come up with a plan to get their Mom to let them eat jellybeans all day long. Importantly, despite the deceit in the book by the children (which we of course would never condone), the Mom cleverly lets the boys get away with their plan, because clearly she felt they needed to be taught a lesson. Ok, maybe it’s crossed my mind a few times to let the kids gorge themselves on ice cream so that they can experience natural consequences of gluttony.
The illustrations are among the very best I have seen in recent months. They are quirky, colourful, and very kid-friendly. I love the infusion of real-life photography with the drawings. The illustrations are all very eye-catching and they give the book a whimsical feel. There is also a wide range of font styles, sizes, and colours used so each page is unique and interesting. And, as mentioned above, there are photographs of “Good Eggs” (i.e., faces of donors) scattered throughout the book. My son loved going through the book to find them all. The illustrations are top-notch!
The only downside that occurred to me (and this can be taken with a grain of salt) is that, at 50 pages, the book is quite lengthy for a picture book. That being said, my son (who is 6) had no trouble maintaining his attention while I read the story. It is quite a beautiful book to look at as an adult reads it out loud.
My Bottom Line: This sturdy, beautifully illustrated, silly story with an important message was a fun read for our family. Due to its length (50 pages), I would recommend this book to children aged 4 years and older – especially those with a sweet tooth! I agree with my son – who wouldn’t love a story about jellybeans!?
* This book was provided to us by the author free-of-charge as a prize obtained through the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop (May, 2013, hosted by Maggie Pajak). *
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