The most perfect spot / by Diane Goode.

Jack tries to have a perfect picnic with his mother, but things do not turn out as they expected.

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Goode, Diane.
Format: Book
Published: New York : Harpercollins publishers, c2006.
Edition:1st ed.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

The earnest young protagonist of Goode's (When I Was Young in the Mountains) tale immediately endears himself to readers as he brings his mother breakfast in bed, along with a card stating, "I know the most perfect spot for a picnic." Mama dons her pink, wide-brimmed hat, and the two leave their early 20th-century Brooklyn apartment and head to the park, where several seemingly ideal picnic spots turn out to be anything but. After they climb into a rowboat, a flock of flapping ducks startles them, and they land in the lake. The two spread out their blanket on a sunny expanse of grass, only to be splattered with mud when horseback riders "clippety-clop" past them. As the rain starts to come down (pitter-patter-pitter, pat..."), the duo finally gives up. In each case, the narrative repeats, "It seemed like the most perfect spot, but... suddenly," the last two words appearing in large, hot-pink type. This repetition, as well as the onomatopoeic sound effects and bustling pictures of the primly dressed parent and child undergoing all manner of mishaps, make for a winning read-aloud. Along the way, kids will delight in spying the little dog (with a brown fur patch over one eye) who is responsible for most of the mayhem-and who returns Mama's now-ragged hat after wrestling it from the pooch that purloined it. They take in the heroic dog and name him Spot-"the most perfect Spot." The book exudes a timeless charm and is, in fact, spot-on. Ages 4-8. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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