Happy Harry's Café
Michael Rosen & Richard Holland
Candlewick, 2012 (2012)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
didn't really care for this picture book. In fact, I didn't see much humor in what is dubbed a '
hilarious send-up of a beloved Jewish joke
'. Of course, that being said, I'm willing to admit that children find humor where adults draw a blank. Therefore, this book, with its mediocre illustrations, will probably be a hit with a lot of toddlers.
arry, I think is a bear (not that it really matters) and he works at a café where he whips up a really great soup for his customers. His friends all rush to the establishment when they know that the soup's on! We are told, '
Everyone loves Harry's soup.
f you scrutinize the illustrations, you'll notice Harry apparently serves his soup from what looks like a coffee carafe and pours it into coffee cups. OK, that works, but it is a bit strange.
hen a cat enters the establishment and he is given some of the famous soup. '
The soup's no good,
' says the critical cat. What's this? Yup, the finicky feline isn't impressed. '
You come and try it, Harry,
' says the cat.
here's no spoon! Ah, that's the problem. At this point everyone begins to loudly laugh and then they break out into a really silly (make that stupid) song about not having a spoon! Oy vey, have I missed something here? I don't believe so! I mean, I read the darn story four times!
o, I'm not impressed but, as I indicated, young children will probably love
Happy Harry's Café
for reasons I'm not able to fathom. So give it a try if you think this might tickle your youngster's funny bone, but if you get a blank look, don't say I didn't warn you!
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