The Little Kids' Table
Everyone knows that the little kids table is the place to be for any holiday or family gathering. They just know how to have fun! This silly, rhyming story follows a group of rambunctious cousins from table setting to dessert. A universal theme, The Little Kids Table will have kids--and parents!--howling with laughter.
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 3|
|Reading Level||Grade 1|
|ATOS Reading Level||3.0|
|Guided Reading Level||J|
|Publisher||Sleeping Bear Press|
|Available Formats||Hardcover (9781585369133), PDF (9781634704267), Hosted ebook (9781634704403)|
|Number of Pages||32|
|Dimensions||9 x 11|
School Library Journal - The Little Kids' Table
Food fights, chewing with one’s mouth open, elbows on the table: all common sights at the kids’ table. Just in time for the holiday season, this rhyming story brings readers of all ages to the fun table where the food is good and the company is better. Though some of the rhymes and rhythms may seem a stretch, the concept is strong and the silly illustrations carry the text. “I bet if grown-ups were granted three wishes,/one would be to give up those fancy dishes./And go back to the days when they were able/to sit again at the little kids’ table./Because we all know when the meal is done,/which of the tables has had the most fun!” VERDICT A great addition to any library’s holiday collections that can be enjoyed throughout the year.
Kirkus Reviews - The Little Kids' Table
The little-kids’ table is where the fun is. Duh! Grown-ups can keep their fancy-schmancy dishes and the icky green stuff they put on them. At this celebration of the family meal divided into adult and kid tables, much of the charm resides in Riehle’s unselfconscious couplets—"Mom piles food high on all of our plates, / making us try the foods we know we’ll hate"—combined with the creative mischief afoot at that table. This is not a food fight à la Animal House. It’s making goofy faces out of the gross food on the plate or hanging a spoon on your nose or putting peas in your cousin’s milk—that is if there is any milk left after squirting it out your nose during a fit of laughter. Yeah, there will be some cleaning up, but not a week’s worth. A healthy measure of background business complements the main event, like when the Labradoodle makes good its entry and does what Labradoodles do best: knock stuff over. And there are what can only be called sweet touches, like Mom going cross-eyed from all the crackling energy or one twin pouring ketchup into a teacup balanced on the other twin’s nose. Uhles’ artwork doesn’t stretch much, but the color is as solid as that of old, wooden blocks. She presents a modern American extended family, with a variety of skin tones and ethnicities in evidence. Who wouldn’t want to join this table? All you have to do is hang a spoon from your nose. (Picture book. 3-6)
Author: Mary Ann McCabe Riehle
As a teacher, author, and mother, Mary Ann McCabe Riehle has motivated young students and adults to follow their dreams and tell their stories. A graduate of Xavier University with degrees in Communication Arts and Education, she has been a featured speaker at reading and writing conferences. She hopes her children's books will encourage and inspire readers. Mary Ann lives in Dexter, Michigan with her husband, Paul and daughters, Bridget and Ellen.
Illustrator: Mary Reaves Uhles
Mary Reaves Uhles has illustrated several children’s books, including The Little Kids’ Table, by Mary Ann McCabe Riehle; The Twelve Days of Christmas in Tennessee, by Alice Faye Duncan; and the poetry collection Kooky Crumbs, by Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis. Before illustrating books for children, Mary worked as an animator on projects for Warner Brothers and Fisher-Price Interactive. A graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design, Mary lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee. Find her online at maryuhles.com.