AND THE BAKER
by Robin Tzannes
Every morning and evening Sanji
whiffed and sniffed the lovely smells that rose from the bakery - dark, crusty
bread, warm, sweet rolls, crunchy biscuits. He whiffed and sniffed them all.
This reads like one of the legends
of Nasruddin, though its Middle East setting is brought up to date. the Baker
wants to charge Sanji for the way he smells the fresh-baked bread, but a wise
Judge makes sure that justice is done. Korky Paul's pictures are a comic
delight, as always, and even Winnie the Witch squeezes in there somehow.
After long travels, Sanji settles down in Fratsia where he takes a room above the baker's shop. Every morning he awakens to the delicious smells from below. He does not notice the greedy baker glaring up at him until one day the baker accuses Sanji of stealing smells, and takes him before a judge.
How the judge deals with the greedy Baker and the gentle Sanji makes for a hilarious tale. Korky's delicious comic illustrations combine full page settings and strip illustrations. I defy any young reader to put down this witty zany tale.
SHUSWAP SUN (B.C.) AUG 94
This delightful book, suitable for children from about four years old, tells the story of a young man who travels to a distant land and settles there. From his room he enjoys the smells wafting up from the bakery below, but the baker becomes angry when he finds Sanji enjoying his delicious smells for free and decides to take him to court. The judge's ruling is original and witty as well as thought provoking for children and could prompt some interesting questions and discussions about morals.
This story is delightfully illustrated with humorous pictures with lots of detail on each page; children will enjoy spotting new surprises each time the book is read. My five year old found his favourite characters Winnie the Witch and Professor Puffendorf from other stories in the pages of this book too. My main criterion for choosing any children's book is whether I can bear to read it again and again, and this book passes with flying colours.
MONTESSORI COURIER SEPT 95, Sarah Hewlings
SANJI AND THE BAKER teaches that avarice does not pay. Sanji moves into a room just above the baker's. Heavenly smells drift up to his window, where he stands 'whiffing and sniffing'. But the baker accuses Sanji of stealing his smells and takes him to court - if only all judges were as sensible as this one. This is just one of many original and beautifully illustrated children's books about at present.
MAIL ON SUNDAY 27 AUG 95