Super Sturdy Picture Books
Candlewick, Hardcover, 9780763622183, 24pp.
Publication Date: July 8, 2004
Pay no attention to the havoc your child is wreaking in the produce section! Get ready for a funny food-shopping experience both grownups and toddlers will relate to.
Cart. Start. Ride inside. Berries. Cherries. Potatoes. Tomatoes.
As a mother wheels her little one through the supermarket, this simple, straightforward text comically belies the cumulative chaos the toddler is leaving in their wake. Lively illustrations of rolling vegetables, slipping customers, and toppling cans carry the punchline in this entertaining excursion that will have readers big and small laughing in recognition.
Charlotte Doyle, the author of several picture books, came to writing for children in midlife, when a letter to a child unexpectedly turned into a story. Of SUPERMARKET! she says, "When I go shopping, I confess to paying as much attention to young children as to my grocery list. I love their exuberance, their surprised innocence when they cause a stack of jam jars to come tumbling down."
Nadine Bernard Westcott, the illustrator of more than eighty picture books, says she actually enjoys grocery shopping. "When this book was offered to me, I immediately identified with the frazzled mom," she says. "My daughter was a perfect child until she hit the supermarket, whereupon she would automatically self-destruct!"