Mean Soup

Betsy Everitt, Author Harcourt Children's Books $16 (32p) ISBN 978-0-15-253146-1
In this energetic picture book Mother knows the perfect recipe for a calming brew. After a horrible day at school and a rough ride home, Horace is in a foul mood. When his mother cheerfully suggests cooking up some soup, the frazzled boy resists--until he's called upon to add some very special ingredients. Mother and son take turns screaming, growling and making faces into the simmering pot of water, stirring up a successful batch of ``mean soup.'' The text features short sentences and easy but effective vocabulary, so the story bubbles with a building excitement. Everitt's ( Frida the Wondercat ; The Happy Hippopotami ) stylized paintings and bold palette--hot pinks, purples and black predominate--convey all of the feisty emotion of a frustrated youngster. Her human figures have wispy outlines and sometimes resemble chunky high fashion sketches. Children and adults alike will be heartened by this innovative method of relieving stress. Ages 2-6. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/30/1992
Release date: 04/01/1992
Prebound-Other - 978-0-7857-5320-9
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-15-200227-5
Prebound-Glued - 978-0-7807-4229-1
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