Knopf, 2006 (2005)
Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke
avid Lucas is both author and illustrator of an out-of-the ordinary tale of a young girl named Nutmeg. She lives with Uncle Nicodemus and Cousin Nesbit. Nutmeg is tired of eating the same things each day - '
There was always cardboard for breakfast. / There was always string for lunch. / There was always sawdust for supper.
utmeg announces that she's going for a walk on the beach. She finds a bottle out of which pops a Genie, who tells her, '
You have set me free. In return I shall grant you three wishes
'. Of course, she wishes for something different to eat at breakfast, lunch, and supper. The Genie grants Nutmeg her wish and hands her a magic spoon. That night she's awakened by '
Bing BANG Bong! Clatter Clatter CRASH!
' Creeping downstairs to investigate the ruckus, Nutmeg finds the Spoon has gone haywire and '
stirred up the whole house
', and more!
ucas's illustrations - in muted-color tones - include the most beautiful pink sky with a soft-yellow sunrise. He studied at the Royal College of Art in England, and his first award-winning picture book is
. Though I found that the beginning and ending of the story lacks a little something,
is a winsome tale.
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