Join a ragtag group of pasta as they complete the greatest escape of their lives in this hilarious new book by Miranda Paul!
Since the beginning of their lives (which was earlier that morning), the pasta at the factory followed the rules.
They stuck to their own kind.
They stayed still in their packaging.
And they never spoke to humans.
That is, until they discover what it really means to be pasta: they will eventually be eaten by humans! Fettuccine is scared, Ramen is outraged, and Mac is just trying to keep the peace among all the pasta. Will they be able to work together to use their noodles and concoct a great escape?
"The Great Pasta Escape
Illustrated by Javier Joaquin. 2017. 40pp. $17.95 hc. Little Bee Books. 9781499804805. Grades 1-3
Fettucine, Macaroni, Ramen, Bow Tie, and their friends dream of the wonderful place awaiting them when they leave the supermarket. But when the rotini reveal the truth, they know a horrible fate is in store unless they can devise an escape plan. Bickering, fighting, and chaos ensue, and all hope for escape seems lost until Angel Hair steps in with a plan demanding cooperation and smarts. Ideal for reading aloud, the writing is witty and peppered with puns, and each type of pasta has a distinct personality revealed through dialogue and cartoonish illustrations. Though the large font and limited text on each page suggest the book may be for emerging readers, the sophisticated vocabulary makes it more suitable for reading with adult support or independent reading by proficient readers. Teachers might use this book for teaching word choice in writing, identifying story elements like problem and solution, or demonstrating how meaning can be derived from the synthesis of illustrations and text. Children will delight in this funny and whimsical story featuring familiar kinds of pasta. Danielle Hartsfield, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education Department, University of North Georgia, Cumming, Georgia
Author: Miranda Paul, Joseph Bruchac, Naomi Shihab Nye, Kimberly Blaeser, 신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin, Ed DeCaria, Becky Shillington, Padma Venkatraman, Gwendolyn Hooks, Jane Yolen, Janice Scully, Charles Waters, Carole Lindstrom, Sylvia Liu, Carolyn Dee Flores, Sarvinder Naberhaus