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Nanette’s Baguette



written and illustrated by
Mo Willems

Edition
Reinforced trade edition
Publisher
Disney Hyperion
Imprint
Disney-Hyperion
ISBN
9781484722862

Awards and Honors
Booklist 2016 Editors’ Choice, Books for Youth, Young Readers, Fiction
Booklist Top 10 Books for Youth 2017, Humorous Picture Books
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JLG Category

Easy Reading Plus

Today is the day Nanette gets to get the baguette! Is she set? YOU BET! Follow our plucky heroine on her first big solo trip to the bakery in this hilarious picture book. Full-color illustrations comprised of “photographed handcrafted cardboard-and-paper constructions digitally integrated with photographed illustrations and additions.”

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

AR

2.2: points 0.5

Lexile

AD430L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

1

JLG Release

Feb 2017

Book Genres


Topics

Stories in rhyme. Family life. Frogs. Baguettes. Errands. Responsibility.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
The hilarious account of how Nanette, a young frog entrusted with her “biggest responsibility yet” ends up “beset with regret.” Although Nanette meets her friends and “Mr. Barnett with his pet” on the way to buy a baguette for the first time by herself, she doesn’t forget her task and emerges triumphant from the bakery. But the loaf is warm and “smells wonderful,” and bite by bite, she devours it before she reaches home. Nanette’s fear of facing her mom proves unfounded, though, when she admits her mistake and is enfolded in her mother’s soothing embrace. The two set out together to get another baguette, and a surprise ending demonstrates that even adults can succumb to temptation. With few exceptions, the entire text contains words rhyming with Nanette. The French village, handcrafted with cardboard and paper and digitally integrated with other photographed illustrations, is home to Nanette and her frog community. Visual jokes fill every page: the pictures on the walls of Nanette’s home, Mr. Barnett’s pet, signs in a shop window. With lip-smacking delight, Nanette floats through double-page splashes of vibrant color as she consumes the baguette, then appears in a bull’s-eye, eyes popping, mouth twisted, as she realizes her error. The background echoes her distress as it becomes dark and filled with black squiggles and the “KABOOM” of a thunderstorm, which leaves the girl “wet with no baguette.” There is so much to discover and enjoy in this treat for eye and ear”even a hidden Pigeon. VERDICT For a storytime treat that children will devour, don’t miss this shopping trip.—Marianne Saccardi, Children’s Literature Consultant, Cambridge, MA

Horn Book

Willems’s latest picture book takes place in France, where the mother of a young anthropomorphic frog entrusts her daughter, the eponymous Nanette, with the responsibility of purchasing a baguette. The village Nanette traverses on her way to the bakery is a stage of sorts, with digitally rendered characters placed in a meticulously designed and photographed paper-crafted setting. After detailing the girl’s humorous encounters with various neighbors, Willems pulls away from wide visual perspectives that show Nanette in the village and zooms in to focus on her emotional arc when she loses all willpower after buying the baguette and eats it whole before reaching home. Happily, her sympathetic mother, whose hug is as warm and wonderful as “a million baguettes,” reassures her and says, “The day’s not over yet, Nanette . . . Let’s reset.” This is just one instance in which the playful text positively revels in assonant wordplay through dogged incorporation of words ending in the -ette sound. And so, mother and child return to the bakery to buy yet another baguette, but Willems delivers a punch line that reveals just where Nanette has acquired her weakness for baguettes. Readers: don’t miss out and be upset. This is a book to get. megan dowd lambert

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
The hilarious account of how Nanette, a young frog entrusted with her “biggest responsibility yet” ends up “beset with regret.” Although Nanette meets her friends and “Mr. Barnett with his pet” on the way to buy a baguette for the first time by herself, she doesn’t forget her task and emerges triumphant from the bakery. But the loaf is warm and “smells wonderful,” and bite by bite, she devours it before she reaches home. Nanette’s fear of facing her mom proves unfounded, though, when she admits her mistake and is enfolded in her mother’s soothing embrace. The two set out together to get another baguette, and a surprise ending demonstrates that even adults can succumb to temptation. With few exceptions, the entire text contains words rhyming with Nanette. The French village, handcrafted with cardboard and paper and digitally integrated with other photographed illustrations, is home to Nanette and her frog community. Visual jokes fill every page: the pictures on the walls of Nanette’s home, Mr. Barnett’s pet, signs in a shop window. With lip-smacking delight, Nanette floats through double-page splashes of vibrant color as she consumes the baguette, then appears in a bull’s-eye, eyes popping, mouth twisted, as she realizes her error. The background echoes her distress as it becomes dark and filled with black squiggles and the “KABOOM” of a thunderstorm, which leaves the girl “wet with no baguette.” There is so much to discover and enjoy in this treat for eye and ear”even a hidden Pigeon. VERDICT For a storytime treat that children will devour, don’t miss this shopping trip.—Marianne Saccardi, Children’s Literature Consultant, Cambridge, MA

Horn Book

Willems’s latest picture book takes place in France, where the mother of a young anthropomorphic frog entrusts her daughter, the eponymous Nanette, with the responsibility of purchasing a baguette. The village Nanette traverses on her way to the bakery is a stage of sorts, with digitally rendered characters placed in a meticulously designed and photographed paper-crafted setting. After detailing the girl’s humorous encounters with various neighbors, Willems pulls away from wide visual perspectives that show Nanette in the village and zooms in to focus on her emotional arc when she loses all willpower after buying the baguette and eats it whole before reaching home. Happily, her sympathetic mother, whose hug is as warm and wonderful as “a million baguettes,” reassures her and says, “The day’s not over yet, Nanette . . . Let’s reset.” This is just one instance in which the playful text positively revels in assonant wordplay through dogged incorporation of words ending in the -ette sound. And so, mother and child return to the bakery to buy yet another baguette, but Willems delivers a punch line that reveals just where Nanette has acquired her weakness for baguettes. Readers: don’t miss out and be upset. This is a book to get. megan dowd lambert

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