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The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon Library Binding – 8 Aug 2006

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Product details

  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers (8 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375936912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375936913
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 1 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,954,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the picture books of the year" (Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times)

"Grey's pictures are busy, witty, lively . . . No romantic or fly by night of any age could resist this book" (Kate Kellaway Observer)

"Mini Grey, with all the dash of matinee heroics, pulls it off, with a story and pictures that deserve close examination" (Dina Rabinovitch Guardian)

"Combining cinematic breadth with extravagant detail, these kaleidoscopic pictures invite and reward endless exploration and you're left humming the tune long after the final curtain" (Joanna Carey Guardian)

"An original, detailed story told with great humour" (The Bookseller) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Mini Grey's witty text and exquisite illustrations combine to make this a must-have gem, now available with a hilarious CD of the text read by Mark Gatiss! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
This is a masterpiece of a picture book, which I can best describe as mid-20th century American gangster cinema sort-of squashed into a quirkily romantic children's book. Intrigued? You should be. Read on...

I have never before read a book narrated by a spoon, but boy! spoons can tell a good tale if this is anything to go by. The Spoon in question is the one from the age-old favourite nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle. Following that age-old romantic ideal to run away with a "Dish", off he goes with the Spode bowl of his dreams! They sail away and head to the city that never sleeps, New York, New York.

With a daring and dazzling acrobatic double act, they make it to the big time and the high life..... but it is sadly short-lived. They are foolish and frivolous, whilst gangsters from the cutlery drawer are waiting in the wings. Stony broke once again, and desperate, the dish and the spoon commit a daring bank raid which doesn't end well. The Dish is ..er.. extensively cracked... and the spoon does time behind bars.

All's well that ends well though and happily the pair meet again (25 years later - great Silver wedding anniversary present!?)), their love undiminished and once again, Hey Diddle Diddle.... The Dish ran away with the Spoon.

I think the story is darker than Mini Grey's previous books, with richer depths to its underlying themes: as well as enduring love, there's boom and bust, and the ephemeral nature of fame. That said, both my boys (3 and 5) are fascinated by the more shady characters. They also point out an abundance of little details and hints of humour in the illustrations, amused for example by as the spoon in his driving goggles during their heyday, and the despondent knife and fork duo in the background at the end of the book.
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Format: Hardcover
Ever wondered what happened after the dish ran away with the spoon? Well, Mini Grey attempts in her new picture book to put us all out of our misery and tells their continuing story.

What we see is a story of love, heartbreak, mystery and intrigue and ultimately a rags to riches and back to rags again story where the only thing that endures is love. Ok this sounds nothing like a picture book, but put with this Mini Greys humour and her astute mind and what you get is a great addition to anyone's book collection.

Mini, famous for her quirky, off centre drawings has not produced one poor book yet. With great stories that include Biscuit Bear, Traction Man is Here, and Egg Drop, Mini returns to the roots of famous children's tales where she first delighted with her hilarious take on the Princess and the Pea tale in The Pea and the Princess where we see things from the peas point of view. Everything is spot on in this book, the words, the pictures, the humour and of course the story which finally means we can rest in knowledge that they live Happily Ever After indeed!
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This is the weirdest children's book I have ever read - I think it appeals more to adults than children. It's a very strange story WARNING Spolier ahead - it has the dish and the spoon, take up gambling, commit armed robbery, get into debt with money lenders and then end up in jail. Bit of an odd story to tell kids, yes I love the movie references as an adult and I love the poetry of the writing but not sure it's something which my baby will grow to love but only time will tell!
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Format: Paperback
My children and I (they are 5 and 7) love this book, it was our first introduction to Mini Grey. We have bought all of her books now, and amongst our favourites are both Traction Man stories and Biscuit Bear. Traction Man has inspired both my kids to play with their toys in a more inventive way and Biscuite Bear has been recreated in our own kitchen.
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Format: Paperback
One of the other reviewers has said 'a degree of sophistication' is needed to understand this book - too right, since the story line is downright weird. I thought that the book would be suitable for my (nearly) three year old, partly because of the great illustrations, but it was completely beyond her (maybe because she doesn't know the rhyme of Hey Diddle Diddle?). Quite frankly I thought that the story was nonsense, there isn't enough detail to allow a child to properly follow the story. My six year old can understand it, but he's into what he calls 'proper' books - i.e. not picture books. It's therefore difficult to see what age group this book is aimed at.
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Format: Paperback
If i had my way this review would have 0 stars.Would you read a book to your children about gambling, debt, money lenders, gangs of knives, crime and prison? I did by accident......never again.....this is a terrible story for children and as its a picture book im guessing its aimed at age 2-5 years......there is something really wrong about that.
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Format: Paperback
A strangely dark little story with a bittersweet ending...not the sort of story i would usually choose for a four year old, but after getting it from the library and loving it, my son asked for his own copy. It is a regular if unusual bedtime read.
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Format: Hardcover
I love Mini Grey's books with a passion (get Biscuit Bear before you go any further, one of our all time favourite books), the illustrations are superb. This story is exactly as described by the other reviewer, however, don't buy this for a young child as the story will go straight over their heads, it demands a degree of sophistication.
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