I got the pleasure of reading a cute picture book called Maggie's Chopsticks from NetGallery. Thanks Kid Can Press.
Written by: Alan Woo
Illustrated by: Isabelle Malenfant
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Published on: July 30, 2012
Recommended: for ages 3+
About: Little Maggie got her first chopsticks and she's trying to use them.
It'd been a while since I pick up a picture book to read. I think the last one I read was Where the Wild Things Are back when the movie came out. On the contrary, Maggie's Chopstick is completely different from that. I thought this picture book was cute. Alan Woo create a basic premise that's easy to follow and Isabelle Malenfant's art is really nice. The character design of Maggie and her family was not bad. It's nice to see a picture book with Asian related topics. I think majority of us know that chopstick is a utensil used in Asian culture.
As for the story, it's pretty simple. Maggie is trying her best to use the chopstick like all the other people in her family. You get to see her using different means to achieve her goal. I find it cute and hilarious at times. I think explaining to people what sapao is might be helpful. Will she triumph in using her chopstick? You'll have to read it to find out. Overall, Maggie's Chopsticks is definitely a cute picture book to read to the little ones.