Thursday, March 20, 2014

Book Review: Ziggy's Big Idea by Ilana Long, Illustrated by Rasa Joni

*****This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.*****

Ziggy has a lot of great ideas but for some reason they don’t work as great as he and other people hope they will. He is determined to have one of his ideas become something wonderful, and that is exactly what happens when he creates a solution to Moishe the baker’s undercooked at the center, baked buns problem by making some dough circles. He even has a clever idea of where to stack them once they are finished.

I enjoyed moving along as Ziggy took me through the process of making the dough circles and how eventually he gave them the “bagel” name. The bagel recipe in the back of the book is written with children bakers’ in mind, indicating in the directions that a grown-up should be there to help them during the whole bagel-making process, especially with boiling water, and preheating the oven. The recipe gives them much that they can do to make the bagels with the ingredients and even tells them to sing a certain song to time certain parts of the bagel creation process.

Ziggy shows that some of our ideas might not be popular with many people but if we keep trying we might eventually create something that is fun to make and that a lot of people will enjoy! 

The illustrations did a great job of bringing this story to life visually as well. 

Recommended for ages 3-11/ grades PreK-4

My review = 5 out of 5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a free copy of this book from Kar-Ben Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

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