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Chopsticks (Utensils)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  2,017 ratings  ·  270 reviews
Meet Chopsticks! They've been best friends forever. But one day, this inseparable pair comes to a fork in the road. And for the very first time, they have to figure out how to function apart. From New York Times best-selling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal and rising artistic talent Scott Magoon, this witty and inventive tale celebrates both independence and the unbreakable bo ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by Hyperion Books
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Crystal Marcos
Jun 12, 2012 Crystal Marcos rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Chopsticks was even better than Spoon! I enjoyed both books and own the first. I read this in a bookstore and I will be adding it to my collection. The story and illustrations were clever, humorous, and charming. I smiled and giggled the whole time I read it. I can't wait to read this to my daughter. I know she will adore it too. I love the lesson taught here. A story about a deeply bonded pair of chopsticks who find out how to discover the world on their own. They are strong together and just a ...more
Lisa Vegan
Jul 10, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: readers who liked Spoon; anyone who uses chopsticks on occasion, or any utensils
Recommended to Lisa by: Crystal Marcos
Well, I enjoyed Spoon so I thought I’d try this book.

It’s delightful and whimsical, and its message, of standing on one’s own and still sticking together, while told blatantly, is told with such joy & verve & fun that really it’s just an entertaining story. The pictures, with the expressiveness of the various utensils, are perfect. And at the end of the book, the chopsticks pair plays chopsticks on the piano. So cute!

Recommended to all looking for a good friendship story, and those who
Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Scott Magoon, is a hilarious companion to Spoon with even more kitchen implements and a focus on friendship and independence.

Magoon's illustrations are brilliant: clear, expressive, and cute without being "cutesy." The protrayal of the many puns is perfect: "whisked away" by a kitchen whisk, or "just plain stumped" standing on a wooden chopping block. Clever illustrations also abound, such as the medicine cabinet as the hospital, and pole vaulti
Paul  Hankins
Chopsticks do everything together. Noe of the other utensils have ever seen them apart. They have mastered just about every move chopsticks can master. But one day, an advanced move with a piece of asparagus leaves one of the friends with a injury.

First, you have to love that the "hospital" for these utensils is the medicine cabinet, delightfully rendered by Scott Magoon.

During the time that his friend needs to mend (his convalescence takes place in the chopsticks wrapper), the other chopstick
Such fun! Very witty and with a sweet message, I appreciated this story about two chopsticks who do everything together until one of the chopsticks is injured and has to recover. What will the other chopstick do without its best friend at its side!? It's nice to see that their continued friendship is still celebrated, but that they also learn that it can be fun to break away and do things on your own, or with a new group of friends, sometimes, too. The illustrations are delightfully detailed and ...more
A funny companion to "Spoon," and one I did not expect to go where it did. Too many parts that I loved to list them all, but I highly recommend reading the book and looking for all the little pieces of humor. Some may be over the kids' heads. If you help point out to school-age they may get it. And maybe a preschooler would be with it, too. But best in lap-reads and read-alones so they can catch it all. Too much would be missed in a storytime setting. It could still work, but my favorite pieces ...more
Mar 04, 2013 Randie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Randie by: Kathryn
Chopsticks are great friends, they do everything together...until, snap! they are forced to take a break. Can chopsticks do anything apart? Through courage and exploration, they learn that being independent and enjoying things on their own actually makes them a stronger pair. A great message that can be applied to other relationships. Illustrations and text are full of humor and inside jokes.
As someone who had a limited pool of friends growing up, and was totally at a loss of what to do when I was separated from them, this book was spot on for me.

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Michele Knott
I loved this book! The Chopsticks do everything together - and you have to really look at the pictures to see how elaborately they work together - holding a side plank while picking up a sushi roll, holding hands to twirl around in a cup of tea, karate chop an asparagus.... but then the unthinkable happens and one of the Chopsticks breaks!!! He gets "whisked" (you have to see the picture....) off to the hospital where his "break" is set. But then he is told to rest. The other Chopstick doesn't l ...more
Swoon! OK, I admit to having a huge author crush on Amy Krouse Rosenthal (or AK Ro, as I like to call her) and Chopsticks delighted me from the moment I picked it up.

The two chopsticks do everything together, until one accidentally breaks its tip. (It's whisked away - by a whisk - to the bathroom cabinet to be bandaged back up.) While the one chopstick heals, the other one gets a chance to try being independent, and when both chopsticks are strong enough to pick up and go, they find that spendi
This was Amaya's choice from today's library visit. It was pretty cute. Lots of cheesy puns for the grown folks, and a fun, quirky story for the toddler. Good message, cool illustrations, sweet find.
Jun 26, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We have enjoyed reading Amy Krouse Rosenthal's books and I was excited to see a book about chopsticks. We loved the word play in the story and our girls groaned at some of the corny jokes. I loved the message about being strong individually as well as part of a team or pair. It was fun to see the characters from Spoon return and we loved the illustrations. Overall, we really enjoyed reading this story together.
Tiffany Pennington
Chopsticks is a very fun and pun oriented tale of a pair of chopsticks until one day one of them gets broken. He is "whisked" away and sends the other chopstick out to grow and see whats out there on his own.

I love Scott Magoon's wonderful artwork and trying to look for all the hidden puns. Not only are there chopsticks and whisks present but all of the utensils are. An example of this can be seen on the front cover. A spoon on the left top cover saying not exactly a sequel to Spoon, more like a
Filled with clever wordplay and visual humor ("Chopstick was quickly whisked away") that shows him being carried off by a whisk, this clever picture book explores what happens when two chopsticks who are always together are separated after one has been injured. As he heals, the other chopstick goes off on his own with a gentle nudge from his friend. The digital art and the positive message about standing on your own while also standing with others are excellent for readers to consider.
Chopsticks do everything together...until the big break! Oh NO! Chopstick will have to lay low until his break heals (glue dries completely). Chopstick encourages chopstick to get out on his own and venture out. Chopstick is reluctant at first, but soon finds plenty of things to do until Chopstick is healed completely!

A fun story about friendship, healing, and taking time for oneself.

Great to use for any kid going off to the hospital.
Carly Wesley
a book written after the book Spoon.
A book about chopsticks. They do everything together, one day one got injured trying to pick up an asparagus. That one chopstick has to recover. What will the other chopstick do without the other?

This book has a lesson that it is okay to break through the group. Some parts I feel young kids won’t really understand so an adult may have to explain the underlying meaning to the some lesson encompassed in the story. It is not just a story about a utensil, it is
The Library Lady
Rosenthal is another in my list of picture book authors who are vastly unappreciated. Her humor has something for the kids AND for the adults and her prose timing is perfect. The art harmonizes well here--and speaking of harmony, love the final page here at the piano. Guess what tune they're playing?
Okay, my kids love, love, love this book. So if it was up to them this would totally be 5 stars.
I found it less than entertaining. Usually I really enjoy Amy Krouse Rosenthal's books but Chopsticks just wasn't as fun or original as so many of her other books.
When one chopstick is injured (in a freak asparagus accident), the other chopstick learns some new skills without his mate. Clever wordplay, engaging illustrations, and a nice message. Perfect for read alouds.
A cute story but completely based on puns that my children weren't old enough to get. The pictures were fun, but overall the book held little interest for them. I was hoping it would be more cultural.
Gwen the Librarian
What could be more perfect than a picturebook both hilarious and heartwarming, full of tongue-in-cheek humor, word play, and something for every age? Oh yeah, nothing. This book has it all.
Incredibly clever and surpasses it's predecessor, Spoon.
Carolyn Borgen
As you can imagine, when we come across a book that is fun to read for both child and adult, we hold on to it with both hands begging her to let us read it again and not the other way around. The funny play of words and cute illustrations make Chopsticks a good, fun read. What makes this a great read is the storytelling for children to understand that while you may have another half that you do everything with or even depend on (ie. sibling, parent, or friend), you can find yourself and your tal ...more
So many puns, so litle time. Full of humor and little life lessons, as expected from AKR.

I Liked this book, I liked that it was about sticking together but it also taught me a leason.
This book tells the story of two chopsticks that are best friends who have to separate when one is broken. The book shows that it is okay to branch out on your own, and that friendships can survive this separation. I think the message in this book is great for older preschool children who are forming strong friendships and facing future school changes in which they may be separated from their friends. It could also spark a conversation about different cultures and the different ways that people ...more
This is not only a fantastic story, but full of hilarious puns as well. (My favorite is when the injured chopstick is "whisked" away.) Chopsticks are always together, but when one chopstick has an accident and breaks her tip, the other must face life alone while her partner recuperates. At first this is difficult, but in the end they find that their time a part strengthens their partnership. A great story for all, but especially for children who are clinging a little too hard to their friends. A ...more
Liz B
This book was about what happens when a pair of chopsticks gets separated because one of them gets broken. I'm sure other readers have found it utterly charming, but I found it dull. (It's hard for me to see what the charm might be, to be honest.) Two stars because it's a picture book and it only took a few minutes to read. I'm not bothering to share this with my son--I'd rather read Lard Vader's Villains for the zillionth time.
Chopsticks are always together. No one can ever remember seeing them apart. And then one day, Chopstick gets broken. While he's on the mend, he encourages Chopstick to go out on his own and discover what he can do. At first, Chopstick doesn't know what to do, but then he discovers all kinds of things he can do by himself and with other friends. "Unexpectedly, being apart had made each of them that much stronger."

I love the wordplay. "No one stirred. Not even spoon." "Chopstick was whisked away"
Feb 13, 2012 John rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012, humor
Practically a pun on every page. Cute!
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