Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Mrs. Pinkelmeyer and Moopus McGlinden Burn the Rrrrump Rrrroast by Jennifer Kelman

Poor Henry is staying with his aunt and missing his parents.  He's too sad to play or read.  When his aunt calls Mrs. Pinkelmeyer by mistake, his attitude begins to change.  Though it's a wrong number, sweet and silly Mrs. Pinkelmeyer takes the time to tell Henry how she's cooking a rump roast and stories about her dog, Moopus McGlinden.  The silly way she talks and the sweetness of her actions touches Henry and helps him through a difficult time.

Poor Mrs. Pinkelmeyer ended up burning her rrrrump rrroast!  I felt so horrible for her after she went to all the trouble of helping poor Henry that I wanted to fix her dinner!  Although this story is an unlikely event, it shows children how they can cope with being away from their parents or someone else that they might be missing. 

I'd suggest this book for younger children.  I even more strongly suggest that it's read in varying voices.  I tried it out on a 5 year old little girl, and she loved it!  I talked with a silly, high-pitched fake British accent and she giggled like crazy.  I tried it on my 5 year old little boy without any silly voices and he just looked at me like I was crazy and took the book away to look at the pictures.  The pictures are colorful and fun.  The words are pretty easy to sound out, but I'd still suggest this as a 'read to the child' book.  I just feel like it adds to the comfort factor that this book invokes in children.

This book is the first in a series about Mrs. Pinkelmeyer and her dog, Moopus.  I look forward to seeing what further adventures they get into.  Along with my review copy, I received two Mrs. Pinkelmeyer tattoos and my children had a blast with them!  Thanks, Jennifer!


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