A magical story of ice cream fountains and volcanoes that erupt with vanilla fudge awaits your child in The Ice Cream King by Steve Metzger.
Teddy and his mom visit the new ice cream shop in town. The server puts a paper crown on Teddy’s head and he is transformed into the Ice Cream King who can have anything he wants. Slipping down Whipped Cream Lane and climbing up Ice Cream Mountain is great fun, but even with all the wonderful things in his ice cream kingdom, Teddy discovers something is missing.
What a fabulous way to teach children about sharing. This charming book uses imagination to show kids that having wonderful things is great, but everything is much better when you have someone to share with.
I have mixed feelings about the artwork . The opening pages are pencil drawings with a minimum of color. Then once we are in Teddy’s imagination, the illustrations become colorful like the cover art. Once Teddy leaves his dreams behind, the illustrations switch back to the pencil drawings. I’m guessing this was done to make it easier for readers to differentiate between fantasy and reality. Julie Downing is very talented and her artwork beautiful, I just didn’t care for changing styles in the book.
The Ice Cream King is a delightful story that celebrates creativity and imagination. While my daughter and I knew the ending before we turned the last page, it was great to see Teddy come to the realization that he did. Kids will enjoy this one.
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- Publisher:Tiger Tales
- ISBN-13: 978-1589250963
- SRP: $15.95 hardcover, $7.95 paperback