Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Michael Gutch
Illustrator: Steve Björkman
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books
Annie wants so badly to spend time with her family, but they are much too busy on their devices. When hunger strikes, Annie must take matters into her own hands, literally. Peanut butter and honey sandwiches are difficult to make when it’s against the rules to use a knife. Just as Annie is about to eat her hand-smeared sandwich she is startled by Mom and falls on and sticks to the dog. Mom tries to help but ends up stuck also. Soon the whole family ends up stuck in a major family flop. But this family soon discovers that they prefer to be stuck together.
This endearing book emphasizes the importance of being together as a family. The characters are well developed and very relatable. Mom and Dad are busy working on the computer or their devices. Sister is always on the phone with her friends. Brother listens to music and plays video games. Annie is the little one who is always sticky and only receives negative attention. The illustrations are colorful and humorous and really portray the story well. The end of the book is so endearing as the family gets unstuck but realizes how enjoyable it is to work together and spend undivided time as a family.