Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Funny Lunch, by David Catrow - a silly story for your early reader (ages 4 - 6)

"Too silly" is my giggling six year old's verdict of Funny Lunch, by David Catrow. That's a great recommendation, if ever I've heard one. If you have a kindergartner or first grader who's reading one or two sentences on a page, find this book. The humor will have them coming back for more.
Funny Lunch: Max Spaniel
by David Catrow
NY: Scholastic Books, 2010
ages 4 - 6
available on Amazon or your local library
Max Spaniel, the star of Dinosaur Hunt, is back for a second installment in this laugh-out-loud series. Here, Max is in the kitchen. He is not a dog - he is a chef, a chef who loves pizzas! When one customer refuses the special of the day and orders chili instead, Max gives him a scarf, hat and mittens - so he won't be "chilly" any more! When another orders a hot dog, a panting dog with a fan is served. Our favorite section was when a tour bus arrives and orders 100 pizzas. Can Max live up to this challenge?

The Max Spaniel books are great for early readers who love jokes and silly humor. Catrow successfully mixes simple words and sentences with detailed, over-the-top pictures. Take a look at a few of the pages, available through Google Books, and you'll see how the humor in the pictures will appeal to kids:

The review copy came from my local independent bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway's in Berkeley - stop by to browse a wonderful selection of children's books. If you make a purchase on Amazon using a link on this blog, a small portion will go to Great Kid Books (at no cost to you!). Thank you for your support!


  1. My middle daughter loves this book! She practiced and practiced this one so she could read it to all of us at home and grandparents, too. I just bought the second Max Spaniel book for her.

  2. This sounds like something my 4-year-old would like!