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Giant Meatball    by Robert Weinstock order for
Giant Meatball
by Robert Weinstock
Order:  USA  Can
Harcourt, 2008 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

In this mildly comical picture book, a giant meatball learns a lesson about politeness. He rolls through town, not caring if he gets in anyone's way. He is oblivious to the town's complaints about him, which they voice in a colorful manner:

'He terrifies the cabbages and disquiets the cows,' mooed the farmer.
'He sullies our jellies and jeopardizes our jams,' boiled the marmalade maker.
'All that romping and ranting is much too much,' ranted the librarian.

The townsfolk decide to change their approach; they politely ask the meatball to mend his ways, but to no avail.

It may be obvious to adults how the book is going to end, but children may let loose a giggle or two when they realize just what (or who) is under the huge round platter on the last page of the book, surrounded by hungry looking people holding forks and wearing bibs.

The book is mostly fun, containing a subtle message about the consequences of bullying as well as delicious revenge. The illustrations are simple, featuring an absurd-looking, pink (undercooked?) meatball and lots of accompanying silly scenes that complement the story well.

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