Friday, November 2, 2018

Review - We Share Everything!

We Share Everything!
by Robert Munsch
illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Date: 1999
Publisher: Scholastic Canada, Ltd
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

On the first day of school, after their kindergarten teacher scolds them for not sharing, a boy and girl share their clothes and shoes, giving the class a hilarious surprise.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

I'm a fan of Robert Munsch's books, but this one came way after my time. It's actually pretty funny, with the trademark repetition and silliness you'd expect from Munsch, but this one also blows away gender stereotypes as well.

I thought the teacher was pretty funny. She's almost a Disney princess, complete with doves flapping around her head. It isn't until later that we see the other side of her, when her frustration grows as the kids in the class turn her own words back at her.

This is a fairly strong Munsch story. While it's not quite one of my favourites, it's still really good.

Quotable moment:

The teacher came running over and said,
"Now, LOOK!
This is kindergarten.
In kindergarten we share.
We share everything."
"Okay, okay, okay, okay, okay," said Amanda and Jeremiah.

Premise: 4/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 4 out of 5

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