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. Volume XXIII Number . . . .March 17, 2017
The Spaghetti Did It! A Spaghetti Western is a unique picture book with the popular theme of “chasing your dreams.” When Steve, a wolf, discovers an opportunity to audition for a spaghetti western, his brother Eddie sees a chance to see Wayne Newton perform. Together, they travel to Las Vegas where they discover disappointment. First, they learn that Wayne Newton will not be performing due to his missing rhinestone-buckled shoes (stolen by squirrels), and then Eddie gets eliminated from the spaghetti western audition. While Steve stays on as an extra in the spaghetti western, Eddie forges his own path and saves the day by capturing the squirrel thieves.
The Spaghetti Did It! will find a limited audience in most places. While unique and creative in its own way, the story does not flow well and would, in many cases, leave a young reader confused. The references to Las Vegas, Wayne Newton and western films will be lost on most young readers. Overall, the main strength of this book is in the creative storyline, but it will likely be difficult for readers to connect with it, and the illustrations alone will not hold their attention.
Danielle Wing is a librarian in Vancouver, BC.
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