Mo Willems' hilarious new picture book, Nanette's Baguette , follows our plucky heroine on her first big solo trip to the bakery. But . . . will Nanette get the baguette from baker Juliette? Read more...
Mo Willems' hilarious new picture book, Nanette's Baguette, follows our plucky heroine on her first big solo trip to the bakery. But . . . will Nanette get the baguette from baker Juliette? Or will Nanette soon be beset with regret? Set in a meticulously handcrafted-paper-modeled French village, the uniquely vibrant laugh-out-loud world of Nanette's Baguette may be Mo's best creation yet. Get set to krack into an irresistible tale you won't soon forget
- ISBN-13: 9781484722862
- ISBN-10: 1484722868
- Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
- Publish Date: October 2016
- Page Count: 40
- Reading Level: Ages 4-8
- Dimensions: 9.1 x 11.1 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.05 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-07-18
- Reviewer: Staff
Three-time Caldecott Honor–recipient Willems celebrates the allure of fresh-baked bread in this tale of good intentions. Nanette is a French schoolgirl in a quaint straw hat and plaid skirt. (Ce n’est pas gentil to depict her as a frog, peut-être, even if the national allusion is lost on the readership.) Her mother hands her a coin and sends her to the bakery: “Getting to get the baguette is Nanette’s biggest responsibility yet. Is Nanette set to get the baguette? You bet!” She sees four friends, but cannot linger: “ ‘Gotta jet! I’ve got a baguette to get,’ says Nanette to the quartet.” Baker Juliette sells Nanette a loaf, and the girl samples a warm bite. Across four explosive spreads, punctuated by the “krack! krack!” of crunching, Nanette devours the treat, then droops home “beset with regret.” Willems builds multimedia collages of cut paper, comic illustrations, and photos, escalating from calm rectangular panels to pointed, starry shapes. His goofy wordplay and onomatopoeic display type amplify the hilarity, and temptation is demonstrably forgiven in a funny coda: Nanette’s mother finds baguettes just as irresistible. Ages 3–5. Agent: Marcia Wernick, Wernick & Pratt. (Oct.)