Title: Popcorn: No one makes a mess like a hungry child | Author: Monique Bucheger | Illustrator: Mikey Brooks | Publication Date:May 22, 2014 | Publisher: True West Publishing | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 2 to 6 | Reviewed by: Renee (Mother)
Summary: When hunger wakes little Ginnie from her dreams she sets out to make herself a midnight snack. Hilarity and trouble ensues as she wrecks the kitchen in her attempts to make homemade popcorn balls. This is a delightful addition to the middle-grade series The Ginnie West Adventures, featuring Ginnie at age 12.
My Thoughts: Popcorn is the first picture book by Monique Bucheger, introducing 3 year-old Ginnie West from the Ginnie West Adventure series by the same author. Young Ginnie wakes up late one night to a hungry tummy and decides she wants to be a “big girl” and make her own late-night snack. After discovering that there are no cookies nor crackers, Ginnie decides that she is old enough to make “popcorn balls” without Mama’s help. How hard can it be after all?
With her twin brother Toran watching from the sidelines, Ginnie finds the “ice cream” her Mama uses to make popcorn balls, the kernels, and a big pot and then… “ping, pop, ping, ping, pop, PING…” she successfully cooks up a batch of fluffy popcorn… a VERY LARGE batch of popcorn. What will her Mama and Daddy say when they enter the kitchen to see a big, big mess?!
Popcorn is a very sweet picture book featuring the adorable Ginnie West as a young girl, before her Mother passes away (as we learn in the middle grade series). For those of you who have read the Ginnie West Adventure books, you will recognize the same headstrong, independent young girl in Popcorn. I love how Ginnie assertively makes a decision to do something for herself, demonstrating a confidence and independence that I do think is important in girls. But, at the same time, Ginnie is taught an important life lesson and as her mother states: “…popcorn balls is a project for big girls and their mommy or daddy”.
The illustrations in the book are all really great. I love the depiction of Ginnie (and the rest of her family) as adorably blond with big blue eyes. The frames with the popcorn all over the place were amusing and I think young children in particular will really enjoy them. The front cover is very eye-catching and representative of the story. I really thought it was fantastic.
My Bottom Line: Popcorn is a sweet picture book that features adorable illustrations of characters and mounds of popcorn. I love how the picture book ties into the Ginnie West Adventures by introducing Ginnie as a young girl, before her mother dies. We get to know Ginnie when she is carefree; yet, her spirit and independence are still recognizable in her depiction as a 3 year old. I recommend this book to followers of the Ginnie West Adventures and for other children ages 2 to 6 years.
* This book was provided to me by the author free-of-charge in exchange for our honest reviews. All opinions expressed are our own. *
About the Author: Monique Bucheger
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