text and illustrations by Bill Slavin
age range: 2 to 6 years old
Penguin Random House
Mom's favorite teapot is broken, and she is not happy... Who broke the teapot?! Sister is making a mess cooking pastry rolls, it's true, but she didn't touch the teapot. Brother is hanging from the ceiling fan; definitively wrong, but he didn't broke the teapot. The dog is liking the bowl; kind of gross, but he didn't even see the teapot. Kitty ruined the wool yarn tangling it; bad behavior of course, but she was too tangled to reach the teapot. Dad is still reading the news in slippers and underwear; not very helpful for sure, but he didn't come even close to the teapot. So... Who broke the teapot?! You will be surprised!
Who broke the teapot?! is a great example of a picture book whose illustrations tell the story as much as the text, not only accompanying it. The text is very funny, rhymed, and not extensive. The illustrations are incredibly rich both in the characters expressions, and in details such as the newspapers headlines. They vividly transmit the tension of the moment. The book made a wonderful read-aloud story and my kids asked to read it again a few times. It is a 5 stars to me.
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.