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His mum is a spoon. His dad is a fork. And he's a bit of both. He's Spork!Spork sticks out in the regimented world of the cutlery drawer. The spoons think he's too pointy, while the forks find him too round. He never gets chosen to be at the table at mealtimes until one day a very messy ... thing arrives in the kitchen who has never heard of cutlery customs. Will Spork finHis mum is a spoon. His dad is a fork. And he's a bit of both. He's Spork!Spork sticks out in the regimented world of the cutlery drawer. The spoons think he's too pointy, while the forks find him too round. He never gets chosen to be at the table at mealtimes until one day a very messy ... thing arrives in the kitchen who has never heard of cutlery customs. Will Spork finally find his place at the table?This ?multi-cutlery? tale is a humorous and lively commentary on individuality and tolerance. Its high-spirited illustrations capture the experience and emotions of anyone who has ever wondered about their place in the world....

Title : Spork
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ISBN : 9781553377368
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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Spork Reviews

  • Miss Ravi
    2019-06-01 20:23

    برای من هم داستان و هم مفهوم خاصی که داشت جذاب بود اما بیش‌تر دوست دارم بدونم یه مخاطب کوچولو چه درک و دریافتی از این کتاب داره.

  • Laura
    2019-06-16 13:15

    Look at poor Spork. Doesn't this make your heart melt for him?This is a sweet picture book about a child that doesn't fit in because he is made up of half of his mother and his father. Like some interracial, where they are the only one in the neighborhood like them, you can feel like you don't fit in.And of course, there is a place for everyone, as evidence by the ending of this book.Great book to teach about being different, and finding your place.Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  • Eve
    2019-06-01 20:32

    I have a huge author crush on Kyo Maclear! This book is another favorite, just like Virginia Wolf. A children's book that deals with not fitting into social labels, it hit home personally as a biracial person. I would have loved to read something like this as a kid.

  • fatemehmotahari
    2019-06-17 12:28

    بعضی از کتب کودک رو که میخونم، میگم کاش وقتی بچه بودم این کتاب نوشته شده بود و میخوندمش چنگال هم یکی از اون کتاباست داستان یه مامان قاشق و بابا چنگال که خودش هم قاشقه هم چنگال غیر از داستان جذابش برای بچه ها، تصاویر خوبی هم داشت با اینکه رنگهای خوبی نداشت، ولی جزئیات زیادی داشت و با متن هماهنگ بود و کودک حین خوندن داستان تو تصاویر دنبال جزئیات میگرده

  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    2019-05-23 17:20

    This is a book dealing with multi-race or multi-ethnic families. In this book they use cutlery to present this notion. Spork has part of his mom, a spoon, and his dad, a fork. He is never picked when someone sets the table, he never gets the bubble bath after a meal and he is shunned by both the spoons and the forks. This story highlights that there is a place in the world for everyone. You just have to find it. Luckily for Spork, when neither the forks or spoons could handle the baby, he got the chance to show what he could do. The illustrations are detailed but with little colour. The expressions on some of the cutlery is scary at times, but Spork is quite adorable. I think it is important to help children explore how we are all different, but I am not sure if they will get the multi-race aspect from this book. This story could be used in various discussions such as all families are different, bullying by omission, finding your purpose and strengths, be true to yourself and so on. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via netgalley.

  • Laura
    2019-06-16 19:33

    Spork feels lonely and excluded for being seen as too round or too pointy. Where does he fit in? How can he make a difference?In a world surrounded by spearing forks and stirring spoons, Spork will have readers hoping and rooting for him to find his purpose and path to the kitchen table!I just adored this book’s simple yet brilliant way of addressing multiculturalism or “multi-cutlery”. :) Spork made me smile, think, and clear a spot in my silverware drawer!A wonderful book that presents a meaningful lesson in a fun, clever way for kids. 3/25/12

  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    2019-06-15 14:20

    Check out more Picture book reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...Spork has a spoon for a mom and a fork for a daddy. He tries to fit in but can't satisfy both the forks and spoons. He fights feelings of loneliness and exclusion as he is left in the silverware drawer. Will he ever have a use?The art was very monotone which was not my favorite but at the same time fit the world of silverware. When the red splatters came I was very intrigued as was my nephew. The multi-media art style is not my favorite though it worked here. It had a sense of playfulness as well as structure.I liked how time was taken to explain spork's situation, why he felt the way he did and how he tried to belong. I think my nephew was intrigued by spork's feelings and especially sat up when the baby came along!I liked how relatable the story was to anyone who feels they don't belong and can't fit in. I'm not sure that the solution to the problem was presented in the story though I agree everyone has a place they can make a difference, the baby was a bit of a stretch to me...The narration was quite good and seemed to fit the art style.BOTTOM LINE: Fitting in explained simply and relatably.______________________You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. See my picture book reviews in a special feature called Boo's Picture Gallery...

  • Jeremy
    2019-06-09 20:23

    This is another one of those: little so-and-so was different than all the other whatzits, he never fit in no matter how hard he tried, it made him sad, until one day his uniqueness proved to be useful, and suddenly he felt proud of his difference.I know these books are for kids, I know the most important lessons are often simple and cliche, but for the LOVE OF GOD, it's been done! Almost 1/3 of the children's stories I read are this exact same story. We get it, sometimes being different can be useful. But we have Rudolph, we have the Ugly Duckling, we have so many existing stories that are superior to these new ones being constantly churned out. Furthermore, I'm getting tired of this whole message that being different is good because you are useful to people. What about kids who are different in a way that isn't useful to everyone? Shouldn't we be teaching children their lives have value beyond their usefulness to these so-called "normal people"? That's what set "The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket" by John Boyne apart. The final revelation of the story wasn't that Barnaby finally became useful, he just learned to love who he was and left the haters behind.Anyway, all that ranting aside, "Spork" was a mildly amusing take on the very tired formula I discussed above. I'm sure your child won't mind how utterly uninspired the story's conceit is.

  • Kathryn
    2019-05-25 14:21

    I really wanted to love this book. I like the concept of showing a child who is a mix of both parents, with a twist--they're cutlery! When your parents are a fork and a spoon, you end up being a spork! I could see where bi-racial children might be a target audience here.That said, I think this would only be useful in certain cases. I certainly hope that as a society we are getting to the point where a child of mixed races does not feel so left out all the time! :-( Some children who already feel very accepted might worry after they read Spork, wondering if people will end up treating them differently. But those facing challenges and discrimination might really enjoy Spork's story and feel cheered that he eventually finds a way to fit in.Of course, it doesn't have to just be about race. I know many children struggle to fit in for a variety of reasons, and so Spork's story might also appeal to them.The illustrations are kinda cool, kinda weird. I liked all the kitchen utensils. I did not like the blood-red splatters when the "new creature" moves in and starts messing up the place. It was kind of creepy, even if it was just supposed to be tomato sauce. I get that the new creature was supposed to be a bit scary, but I wish they had used a different color.

  • Tatiana
    2019-05-30 13:15

    This little fellow is a bit of both his mum, a spoon, and his dad, a fork: he’s Spork! Myo Maclear’s Spork is a cutlery ode to children of mixed ethnicities, highlighting how there is a place in the world for everyone. You just have to find it. I think it is important to help children explore how we are all different. Many books tackle this topic. What was refreshing about this one was that the characters were inanimate objects, so it can prompt a discussion on multi-racial families or it can be an example of the literary device of personification. The illustrations are bold, but maybe not all the cutlery is as adorable as Spork himself. Nevertheless, I was left with a good feeling after reading this, and that doesn't always happen.

  • Kaethe
    2019-05-20 17:41

    June 26, 2016April 13, 2014You can read it as the straightforward story of a being who's a little different and doesn't fit in. You can also read it as the story of finding acceptance with self and with society as a bi-racial being. You could extrapolate it on out as a story about anyone who contains two distinctly different traditions of any kind. But it's amusing on the most basic literal utensil level, which enables one to appreciate the others."Spork!" should be the Tick's new battle cry.Library copy.

  • Sammm
    2019-05-27 13:38

    A digitized ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.OMeffingG! This is the cutest book I received via NetGalley so far! So Glad I was approved a copy that I got to read it! 500000000000000*N-star if I could help it! So darn adorable!I had no idea I'd be encountering Author Kyo Maclear again so soon! The first time I got to read her work was just a month ago, again, thanks to NetGalley: . I find it to be pretty awesome already (my review), but I'm happily surprised that I even like Spork a whole new level of MORE!!!! I think I just maybe be reading more Kyo Maclear's in the near future. =DOnto the book itself. First of all, I HAVE to praise Illustrator Isabelle Arsenault's amazing artwork! I have never pictured utensils of the same kind possible of having SO MANY different CHARACTERISTICS! Such an incredible achievement to not make a bunch of spoons and forks to just look like a bunch of lifeless spoons and forks! lol That may sound weird, but I'll say this, I think Arsenault successfully personified the "characters"; I bought it immediately, and never for once viewed them as inanimate objects. I really saw a community, and I felt little Spork's loneliness of feeling left out.(image source: Spork - Extras @ Maclear's official website)The blurb is sums up the story pretty nicely; it's honestly a straightforward plot, though I believe the symbolism and metaphor are easy to pick up while incorporated within the story in an elegant way. On the official site of the publisher (Kids Can Press), those are the keywords associated with this book:diversityembracing differencesindividualitystanding out from the crowdtoleranceI think they are SPOT-ON. I think this truly is a great book, telling you that it really is OKAY to be unique! Kind of feel like every kid should be reading this as they grow up xDDD. Would also strongly recommend it to first-time parents, or scratch that, just parents (who care about the mental psyche of their kids), in general!

  • Zaz
    2019-06-14 16:44

    The story is about being different and not fitting. But good news, someone can find you perfect, even if you're half spoon, half fork! I enjoyed the story and the colors, the end was also a nice one for a picture book.

  • Laura McLoughlin
    2019-06-02 19:45

    A little strange, but a nice message about everyone (or everything, in this case) having a place to belong. The illustrations of the Spork and other residents of the cutlery drawer were very cute, the baby, however, was a bit on the creepy side.

  • Timothy
    2019-06-11 13:18

    A sad excuse of a book next to "Spoon".

  • Claudia Sanchez
    2019-06-05 15:31

    A D O R A B L E !

  • Tasha
    2019-06-06 15:31

    Spork’s mother is a spoon and his dad is a fork. In the world of the kitchen, there was very little mixing between different types of cutlery. Sure there were some rebels, but most of them stuck to their own kind. But no one else was quite like Spork with his mix of spoon and fork characteristics. To make matters worse, Spork was never chosen to be used at the table. That is until one day, when the messy thing arrived who had no respect for cutlery and didn’t know how to use them correctly. The messy thing needed its own special utensil. Something that could be slurped with, that was flexible and easy to use. It was the job for Spork!With its clear parallels with children from mixed cultures and races, this book offers a clear message that no matter what there is a place for all of us. Nicely, it also speaks to those children who are a little different in other ways and may not fit in with the crowd in the cutlery drawer either. Maclear writes with a gentle humor that is evident throughout the book. The illustrations are a delight with their subtle color tones. The engaging personalities of the cutlery are clear to the reader, especially the loneliness of Spork with his very rounded head. Her use of digital mixed media works particularly well as cartoon faces intermingle with vintage line drawings. The result is a very charming book.A book that speaks to the loneliness and uniqueness in all of us, this is a warm way to introduce the subject of individuality being just fine. Appropriate for ages 4-6.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-08 14:35

    Did you ever feel like you just didn't fit in? Poor Spork is one of those characters. His mum is a spoon and his dad is a fork, but Spork is neither a fork or a spoon. He just never seems to be picked to be used at the dinner table. Then one day this messy creature arrives at the dinner table and none of the other utensils are able to calm the mess. However, Spork is the perfect utensil for the messy creature to use which ends up being a baby who has never used utensils before. Spork is a wonderful read to focus on everyone's unique possibilities. We are all not the same and have many unique gifts and talents. They may not be realized right away but Spork shows us that those moments do come. The story is humorous and light hearted and I certainly enjoyed every moment of it. The illustrations are soft and intensify when the messy creature enters the picture with bright vibrant colors. Definitely a wonderful read!I was able to preview this title with the help of Netgalley.

  • Canadian Children's Book Centre
    2019-05-23 19:18

    Reviewed by Ken KilbackSpork sticks out. The product of an intercutlery marriage, Spork is a little bit spoonish and a little bit forkish, but not enough of either. He is tired of being asked, “What are you anyway?” And he’s especially tired of never being set for the table. When he decides to try being a single thing, the forks don’t like it when he looks too round, and the spoons don’t like it when he looks too pointy. What is he going to do? Then one day, a Messy Thing arrives, something that smears, spills and flings “without a care.” All the forks and spoons are at a loss as to what to do for the Messy Thing. But Spork knows exactly what is needed! This is an endearing story with an appealing and sympathetic character in Spork. The language is simple and engaging, making the story a fun read-aloud. Isabelle Arsenault’s illustrations are rendered in mixed media, their colours soft and earth-toned, and with a silvery finish as though the reader is spending time in a kitchen or cutlery drawer. Not only are the illustrations whimsical, but Spork and the others are expressive in their emotions. When Spork wonders about other creatures with “no matching kind,” children will love trying to identify such Arsenault imaginings as a teapot with a knife blade instead of a spout and a rolling pin attached to a corkscrew. What other combinations might children imagine?Canadian Children's Book News (Fall 2010, Vol. 33, No. 4)

  • Sarah Sammis
    2019-06-14 15:39

    Spork by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault is about a young runcible spoon who doesn't feel like he fits in. His mother is spoon and dad is a fork. He's the only kid in the silverware drawer with one of each for parents. It takes a while for Spork to find his place in the drawer, but he does and it's a cute ending.As spoons and forks look so different, Spork looks at blended families. Spork has his dad's tines and his mom's bowl shaped head. He reminds me of so many of my children's friends. For children of blended families not fortunate enough to be living in as multicultural area as ours, Spork can help.Isabelle Aresenault's illustrations have a nice retro feel to them. The silverware is a mishmash of different styles making the cast of characters visually interesting. For our own silverware drawer being a made up of hand-me-downs, second hand stores, and who knows what, the silverware in Spork reminds us of home. The only thing we don't have is our very own spork!

  • Randie D. Camp, M.S.
    2019-06-01 15:34

    Spork's mum is a spoon and his dad is a he is a spork. Utensils usually do not mix, so Spork feels like he doesn't belong. One day, everything changes. A messy thing comes into the kitchen and the standard spoons and forks are not right for the messy thing's needs. Can Spork be what the messy thing needs?Maclear's varied sentence structure, font style, and word choice add meaning to this humorous and heartwarming story. Children will be able to relate to Spork because many children struggle with belonging and fitting in. Arsenault's illustrations add tone to this story through the usage of cool grey colors in the beginning and warmer red colors towards the end. Great book for a read aloud.

  • Kimberly
    2019-05-25 19:21

    My 7-yr-old loves this book and wants me to read it over and over again. I had to renew it from the library and I hate to read books more than once.At first, I didn't understand why he loved this book so much. My son is a mixture of many different races, so I wondered if he related to it unconsciously because the spork is a mix of fork and spoon. I think the author is of mixed race or her kids are so it makes sense that she would write this book.The spork tries to find his place in the world and doesn't exactly know where he fits in since he's not exactly like the forks or the spoons. I think mixed race kids might feel the same way.My older son doesn't care one way or the other about this book, so I don't want to say it's great for mixed race kids. It depends on the child.

  • Gloria
    2019-05-17 12:31

    This is a lovely picture book that introduces the concept of diversity and acceptance in a fun, accessible way. Kids will quickly grasp the issue with spork, who is neither fork nor spoon, and empathize with his desire to fit in. They will cheer when he finally claims his rightful place at the table! #NetGalley

  • Rebecca
    2019-06-10 16:39

    Oh, I wanted to adore this and its charming illustrations, but it fell a bit short for me. The message about being "mixed race" cutlery and not fitting in was hammered home, the text was quite wordy ("twirled noodles around in complicated circles like rhythmic gymnasts"), and the "mess" is red and looked like blood to me. But for those who love there is a book. :)

  • Laura
    2019-05-30 20:36

    I really like the message of this story, though I didn't love the illustrations. A solid selection for K-5 school collections and one that school counselors will also embrace for its message on finding yourself and accepting others.

  • Rodolfo
    2019-06-13 14:43

    Clever exploration of hapa/mestizaje/mulatez/betwixt and betweenness.

  • Jay
    2019-06-06 15:17

    So cute!!!!!!

  • Donalyn
    2019-05-26 12:15

    A message about tolerance and accepting our differences starring the residents of the cutlery drawer.

  • Stefanie Kellum
    2019-06-02 12:44

    *I read a digital ARC of this title from the publisher via NetGalley.

  • Sharon Tyler
    2019-05-19 18:18

    Spork is a picturebook written by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault. I knew I had read the book before, but I loved it so much that I had to reread with my daughter and review. His mum is a spoon. His dad is a fork. And he's a bit of both. He's Spork!Spork sticks out in the regimented world of the cutlery drawer. The spoons think he's too pointy, while the forks find him too round. He never gets chosen to be at the table at mealtimes until one day a very messy ... thing arrives in the kitchen who has never heard of cutlery customs. Will Spork finally find his place at the table?Spork is a book about wanting to fit in, and having a hard time finding your place. Spork wants to have a place among the other cutlery- but his differences seem to make him useless until a new person sits at the table. I think this is a wonderful book to spark discussion and more about individuality, identity, and diversity. Whether in terms of heritage, ability, or any other way people feel different or other in a negative way, this book can help the ones feeling left out or unimportant, and those that need or want to have more empathy for other people. Just because we do not see our purpose, or what difference we will have in the world, that does not mean that we never will. The waiting and searching for that place, purpose, or meaning can be painful- but ever person (or piece of cutlery) have a reason for being exactly who the are and those differences are what make life so interesting. The artwork is high energy and helps bring the emotion and meaning of the book a little closer to the reader. This is a must read, and a must have for school and public library collections.