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Warthogs in the kitchen : a sloppy counting book
Edwards, Pamela Duncan.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Three warthogs count to ten as they bake cupcakes.
Reading Level:
AD 100 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.4 0.5 1963.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.6 1 Quiz: 25776 Guided reading level: E.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction A-B-C- 1-2-3 Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction A-B-C- 1-2-3 Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction A-B-C- 1-2-3 Books

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Three warthogs count to ten as they bake cupcakes.

Author Notes

Pamela Duncan Edwards was born in England. She became a school librarian when she moved to the United States with her husband and children. She eventually started writing children's books. Her works include Livingstone Mouse; Roar! A Noisy Counting Book; The Worrywarts; Clara Caterpillar; Wake-Up Kisses; Dear Tooth Fairy; McGillycuddy Could!; and The Neat Line.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Collaborators Edwards and Cole (Four Famished Foxes and Fosdyke) pull out all the stops in this slapstick comedy of too many cooks, starring eight eager-eyed, quadruple-tusked, bristly warthogs and a little blue teddy bear. From one chef assiduously washing his hooves, to the wise guy who offers up a jar of pickles to add ("Pickles in cupcakes! Well, perhaps just a few!"), to 10 cooked cupcakes (with a tiny pair for Teddy) this kitchen bursts with bravura. Each page contains a vividly detailed drawing against a white background, with the numeral in question looming large and colorful, then spelled out as the first word in the brief understated text. "Four scoops of sugar should go in now," reads the caption under four cake-makers, each with a scoop in hand as a flow of white granules cascades over the multicolored scoops, forming small mountains on a lime-green checked tablecloth (and missing the mixing bowl entirely). The last spread shows "zero cakes left" with the entire cast (including Teddy) collapsed in a bloated heap. Beneath a cupcake recipe in the back for "humans," is another "for warthogs," which exhorts the reader to "Lick bowl.... Lick countertop. Lick recipe book. Lick your friends." This is lightweight, irresistible fun kids can count on. Ages 4-9. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-The creators of Some Smug Slug (HarperCollins, 1996) have come up with another exuberant romp, this one a counting book involving warthogs with cupcake-making aspirations. The sometimes awkward rhyming couplets describe kitchen chaos while introducing the numbers 0 through 10. While the pen, colored-pencil, and wash illustrations humorously depict high spirits and low-level baking skills, they do not further the book's use as a counting primer. Too often it is difficult to sort out the objects being enumerated and sometimes it is impossible ("Nine minutes cooking" shows eight warthogs watching an unfocused clock on a stove with seven knobs). Unfortunately, as the subtitle states, this truly is a "sloppy counting book."-Meg Stackpole, Rye Free Reading Room, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.