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*The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon* by Mini Grey

 
Also written or illustrated by Mini Grey:

Space Dog

Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey

Out of the Woods

Jim (Who Ran Away from His Nurse, and Was Eaten by a Lion): A Cautionary Tale

Into the Woods

Ginger Bear
 
The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon
by Mini Grey
Kindergarten-3rd grade 32 pages Knopf August 2006 Hardcover    

Finally - someone has tackled the question of what really happened to the dish and the spoon after the cow jumped over the moon. According to Mini Grey, the author of The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon, their life was quite an adventure.

Everyone knows that immediately after the jump, the dish and the spoon ran away together. What is not common knowledge is that they went on to become performers, wowing the crowds with their vaudeville act and earning a great deal of money. The spent their money recklessly and quickly learned that they would need to supplement their income to continue to live in the manner to which they had become accustomed. Finding themselves in need of additional cash, they turned to a few less than reputable characters (sharp knives) for a loan, on which they eventually defaulted.

When the knives began to aggressively pursue the dish and spoon, they became desperate and turned to a life of crime to find a new stream of income to pay down their growing debts. Before they had much of a chance to entire the world of crime, they were captured, separated, and sent to jail. They were apart for the entire duration of their twenty-five year sentence, but their bond could not be broken. After being released and reunited, they realized they were still a perfect match and continued to live their lives together.

This book is an extension of the authorís imagination, beautifully answering questions about the dish and the spoon after their famous leap. The illustrations, just like the story, are warm, inviting, and as much a part of the appeal of this book as the simple words found on the glossy pages. The combination of the unique subject, creative prose and lively pictures make this story a wonderful treat.



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