Reading/Interest Level: Preschool
Author: Ross Burach
One boy has terrible luck in a restaurant when animals keep ending up in his soup! First it’s a giraffe, but even after he gets a fresh bowl of soup, the new bowl has an alligator in it. It’s followed by an elephant that can’t swim, a yak, walrus, and many other animals as the boy and the waiter try to get a bowl of soup that the boy can eat without any animals in it. When the waiter gets tired of the boy’s complaints, they finally discover why there are so many animals in the soup.
This book will make children and parents giggle at the struggle to get a bowl of soup at this lively restaurant. There are many animal puns and the illustrations help showcase these puns and the changing frustration of the waiter when the order keeps having animals mixed up in the boy’s food. The dialogue between the two of them is amusing for both children and adults. It can be used to teach about different kinds of animals, but most readers will just want to enjoy the lively, colorful illustrations and the funny story.