The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon Library Binding – 8 Aug 2006
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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.Read more ›
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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Granddaughter 's favourite book - couldn't give it less than full marks!Published 5 months ago by Mandy Stott
The story of what happens after the dish & spoon ran away together, for anyone who was wondering. Slightly lost on the kids, but I loved it!!Published on 10 Jan. 2014 by anon
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