Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon

The more books I read by Mini Grey, the creator of Jim: A Cautionary Tale, the more I am convinced she is an acquired taste: time and again, she serves up wacky retellings of traditional children’s stories, each with its own peculiar postmodern twist. (Though what else should one expect from someone born in a Mini Cooper?) School Library Journal: “This romanticized, fractured spin on the classic nursery rhyme has the dish and the spoon running away to New York City to seek fortune and fame. They succeed at both, but a nonstop spending spree soon brings them to the door of some sharp and shady characters who gladly offer to lend them money. When their clients are unable to make their payments, a chase ensues, and, in desperation, the dish and the spoon rob a bank and end up in jail, separated for 25 years. Readers and listeners alike will love the sharp and shady gang in the guise of a meat cleaver, a serrated knife, and a cooking fork with menacing eyes and legs, while the stylish collage illustrations of early-20th-century New York City, in split-screen format, will dazzle and amaze them. The age-old lesson that crime doesn’t pay and the poignant beauty of true love enduring the test of time are playfully and delicately portrayed. Combine this contemporary makeover with the classic original for a delightful mix that is full of panache.” Giggle factor: varies wildly. Adult enjoyment: likely higher than the child’s. Illustrations: five jelly jars.

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~ by kaychubbuck on May 29, 2011.

One Response to “Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon”

  1. […] Gray is quite possibly an acquired taste: her books, such as The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon, are not quite so morbid as Edward Gorey’s The Gashlycrumb Tinies, but she’s not all sweetness and light […]

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