It Happened on Sweet Street

Tundra. Jul. 2020. 44p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781101918852.
PreS-Gr 3–Monsieur Oliphant is a baker of extraordinary cakes whose shop sits in the middle of a cul-de-sac between a cobbler and a bric-a-brac shop. People line up to get his delicious cakes. When the cobbler retires, another baker move in beside the cake maker. Mademoiselle Fee’s specialty is beautiful cookies of all shapes and sizes. Before long, another long line appears on Sweet Street. Unhappy with this turn of events, Mr. Oliphant works hard to outdo Ms. Fee. When the bric-a-brac seller retires, a third baker moves to Sweet Street. Hers is a pie shop and the people are thrilled that they now have marvelous cakes, cookies, and pies. But the bakers are unhappy and, before you know it, a dessert fight begins. A charming story, overall, this will have children laughing over the food fight and the incredible dessert created by a smart little girl amid all the chaos. In the midst of madness, good things can come to life. Artful illustrations use exaggerated humor and complement the zaniness of the story.
VERDICT This delectable book is a useful purchase for libraries looking for titles that foster discussion about competition and inclusion.

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