Today is the day Nanette gets to get the baguette! Is she set? YOU BET!

Mo Willems’ tongue twister of a picture book, Nanette’s Baguette, followed Nanette on her first big trip to the bakery. But . . . will Nanette soon be beset with regret? Set in a carefully handcrafted-paper-modeled French village, the uniquely vibrant world of Nanette’s Baguette may be one of Mo’s best creations. With the almost Seussian form of fantastic rhyme this is a wonderful tale that you won’t forget.

Mo Willems is a three-time Caldecot Honor winner, whose books have been translated into over twenty-five languages, and his Elephant & Piggie early-reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions. Mo has also been involved in children’s television including Sesame Street, where he won six Emmys.

From the creator of the Pigeon series and the Knuffle Bunny trilogy comes this distinctive illustration, depth, yet fun rhyming tale of a girl who is handed responsibility and yet, gets caught up in the moment and the temptation, an everyday occurrence for most. With the obvious dual illustration there is a sense of comic and cinema about this picture book, and with a greatly playful feel.

The wackiness of the characters, font and colour all add to the enjoyment of the book and will appeal to any three year old and older. The rhyming is just wonderful, ‘“gotta jet! I’ve got a baguette to get,” says Nanette to the quartet,’ incredibly witty and clearly comes from a veteran in the field of children’s storytelling.

The illustration is not really to my own personal taste but it works effectively for this style of story, adding whimsy and quirks to a baffling tongue-twister. I cannot debate that children won’t love this book.

All images courtesy of Walker Books, who have published Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems.

Nanette’s Baguette was published in October 2016.