Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Clink by Kelly Dipucchio-ADVISABLE

Dipucchio, Kelly.  Myers, Matthew. Clink, 32 pgs.  Harper Collins Publishers, 2011.  $16.99.  Inside cover: “Clink was a state-of-the-art robot with the dazzling ability to make toast and play music at the same time.  But that was many years ago.  Now kids want snazzier robots who do things like play baseball and bake cookies.  So day after day, Clink sits on a shelf and sadly watches as his friends leave with their new owners.  He almost gives up on every finding a home-until the day Clink spies a boy who just might be the right one for him…”  The story line of Clink is very much like that of Don Freeman’s much loved story, Corduroy.  Children will experience many different emotions as Clink is overlooked, almost gives up, and then finally receives the love and admiration he deserves.  We really liked reading and discussing this story together.  It could be used in a unit on emotions, perseverance, etc.  Although we think Clink himself is an adorable character, we weren’t big fans of many of the other illustrations, but that is simply a matter of personal bright and bold- which is what we favor in picture books.  EL (K-3).  ADVISABLE.  Reviewer: SL

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