Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Like pickle juice on a cookie by Julie Sternberg illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie is a terrific little beginning chapter book that girls in Year One and Year Two will enjoy.

If you are a Billie B Brown fan look for Like Pickle Juice on a cookie.  I have also read that the sequel has just been published although it might not be quite as appealing to Australian children who have little or no experience of Summer camp.  It is called Like Bug Juice on a burger.

Eleanor Abigail Kane has had the same babysitter for seven years but now her beloved Bibi needs to move across the other side of the country to care for her father who lives in Florida.  Ellie is inconsolable 

"I had a bad August
A very bad August
As bad as a pickle juice on a cookie.
As bad as a spiderweb on your leg. 
As bad as the black parts of a banana.
I hope your August was better.
I really do."

Using the format of a verse novel we meet the new babysitter Natalie who is young but very wise.  We also meet Ellie's parents and the wonderful mail lady Val.

If you enjoy this book you might look at two picture books Annabelle Swift Kindergartener and Don't forget to come back which both explore the fears of starting school and making new friends.

Here is a detailed interview with the author and illustrator including some of his rough drawings.  Here is a terrific little video of the author explaining her inspiration for this book.

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