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Reviewed by Savannah Aldridge for Readers' Favorite
Pickles written by April Hilland and illustrated by Lindsay Ford is a quirky comedy picture book for lovers of silly things, especially if those silly things happen to be pickles! In this story, the gherkins lament being afterthoughts and jokes in the world of food. When parties come, guests bring them as afterthoughts, and they endure being the laughingstock of jarred foods. However, they dream of being celebrated for the flavorful snacks they are. Even though they are not main courses, they know that they are stars in their own right. Word plays, puns, and rhymes add an extra layer of humor to the story.
With goofy, vivid images that are sure to make the kids giggle and several cultural nods for the grown-ups, Pickles by April Hilland is a great book for light-hearted folks of all ages. The language is simple enough for kindergarten and elementary school children to read on their own, and interesting enough for adults to join in the fun during story time. For the parents of kids who like silly content, but who are wary of gross-out images, you have nothing to fear here! This is a brief read, but one with lots of humor and detail in the pictures, which makes for more laughs to find in re-reads. There are plenty of situations where this book will make the perfect gift for loved ones in your world. Need a gift for your nephew who is obsessed with edgy books? Pickles! Looking for a different kind of story for your classroom library? Pickles! Need a gag gift for your friend who hates pickles? This is just the book.