Sarah's Stars

Kyo Maclear. Spork
Kids Can Press $18.95 ISBN 978-1-55337-736-8 30 pg.
Reviewed by Jenny, Age 12

          But Spork stuck out. In the kitchen, forks were forks and spoons were spoons.

Spork is different. Nobody else is a cross between two utensils. His momís a spoon and his dad is a fork. But heís a Spork. A little bit of both. He never gets chosen for dinner; he never gets to do anything. Spork tries to change, but even that doesnít work! Then one day something terrible happens. Can Spork save the day?

Spork is a very different book, different but amazing! It is very well written and I think that it sends a good message. Also the pictures by illustrator Isabelle Arsenault are AMAZING! Iím pretty sure that even if there had been no text, the story would have come across just as well. Throughout most of the story, the pictures are kind of dark and they are colored with gray, white and only tiny little bits of color. Then at the end there seems to be more color, not much, but a bit. I guess they did that so that you could understand that it isnít supposed to be happy. Spork is sad. He is different so they used dull colors to get that across. I think it was a great idea for the most part. Although one suggestion I have would be that if at the end when everything was fixed it got brighter and color was everywhere.

I think that Spork would be best for older people to read to little kids because it sends a great message. The moral of the story is probably to be proud to be different!

I give Spork four just right stars!

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