Reviews for Chopsticks


Booklist Reviews 2012 February #1
In this sorta sequel to Spoon (2009)--"More like a change in place setting," Spoon quips on the cover--best friends Chopsticks have their longtime act literally broken up when a high-flying attempt to stab an asparagus leads to a broken tip. After one stick is whisked away (by a whisk) for repairs, the other must learn to do stuff on his own: skewer, vault, play pick-up sticks, and more. There are gags aplenty (the hospital is run by a box of bandages and a bottle of glue), and Magoon's droll, adorable artwork finishes off this ode to "standing on our own . . . and to sticking together!" Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
In this companion to Spoon, Rosenthal and Magoon again make utensils deeply sympathetic. Chopstick, having broken its leg, encourages its mate to "venture off on your own a bit"; they learn that separation has made them a stronger pair. The deadpan puns are consistently good, whether presented just textually or textually and visually, as when "Chopstick was quickly whisked away"--by a whisk.

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Kirkus Reviews 2011 December #2
This companion to the well-loved Spoon (2009) is equally charming. When one member of a pair of chopsticks suffers an accident, both learn that friendship can benefit from separation. Full of visual and verbal puns, with a supporting cast of the familiar Knife, Fork and Spoon, the plucky chopsticks learn that sticking together sometimes requires venturing out alone. Encouraged by his injured friend to get out and go, the healthy chopstick discovers hidden strengths by joining in a game of pick-up sticks, helping Spoon with the pole vault, testing cupcakes for doneness and conducting a cutlery band. When the friend recovers (and "[f]eels fantastic(k)!"), the two find that being apart "had made each of them even stronger"--and furthermore they find many new things they can now do together. "Toasted" by their friends, they conclude with a rendition of "Chopsticks," with Magoon's clever drawings hitting all the right notes. Most picture books that deal with a separation between friends focus either on healing after an argument or getting by after a friend has moved away. This is refreshing in its lighthearted, upbeat treatment of the value of occasionally going one's own way. Who knew there were so many lessons to be learned from a cutlery drawer? (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus 2011 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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Library Media Connection Reviews 2012 May/June
Stuffed with puns, this "change in place setting, not exactly sequel to Spoon" (Disney Hyperion, 2009) will delight those who see all the clever artistic jokes. Best friends forever, chopsticks are one day separated when one suffers a break. Whisked away, chopstick's clean break can be repaired if he stays off it for a while. Knife, spoon, and fork are on-lookers who never remember seeing chopsticks separated. Independence and teamwork spice up the story. Magoon's inspired illustrations further extend the clever teasing. This is delightful for adult readers and illustrative of creative writing and whimsical art. Ann Bryan Nelson, Volunteer Media Specialist and Guest Teacher, Thompson Ranch Elementary School, Dysart Unified School District, Surprise, Arizona. ADDITIONAL SELECTION. Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2011 November #1

The chopsticks from Rosenthal and Magoon's Spoon (2009) take center stage in this clever companion book, which is as charming and whimsical as its predecessor. Best friends, the chopsticks are all but inseparable. "They go everywhere together. They do everything together. They're practically attached at the hip." But while trying a fancy new culinary trick, one of the chopsticks snaps and is whisked away (literally, by a whisk) to the medicine cabinet, where a grave bottle of glue pronounces, "It was a clean break. He just needs to stay off it while it sets." The marriage of text, digital art, and design provide plentiful puns and laugh-out-loud humor, as the injured chopstick encourages his friend to explore the world without him ("Go! Chop, chop!"). He eventually picks up a whole new set of skills, helping Spoon pole vault, testing cupcakes for doneness, and even conducting a motley kitchen-utensil orchestra. Rosenthal spells out the story's message--"Unexpectedly, being apart had made each of them even stronger"--but it's leavened with plenty of droll comedy, reminding readers that solo practice can make for even better duets. Ages 4-8. (Jan.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 February

K-Gr 2--Chopsticks, the "cool and exotic" duo first introduced in Spoon (Albert Whitman, 2010), have always done everything together, from playing hide-and-seek behind the broccoli to twirling spaghetti. However, when they experiment with karate chopping the asparagus, disaster strikes. While the broken one rests, allowing the glue to set, his partner never leaves his side. After a week passes, however, the injured chopstick insists that his friend venture out on his own. Reluctant at first, protesting that he can't possibly do anything by himself, the chopstick eventually discovers that he can indeed function independently, and when his friend has recuperated, they discover new things together. This sweet story of friendship features a lot of droll wordplay. For example, when Chopstick needs to be whisked away for medical attention, it is the whisk that does the whisking. Magoon's expressive, digitally rendered cartoons are the perfect complement to this quirky tale. Not an essential purchase, but great fun.--Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ

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