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From the creators of the bestseller CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS comes another zany, laugh-out-loud picture book!The Town of Left and the Town of Right are separated by a dotted yellow line, and no one on either side can remember how things got to be this way! One day, an unlucky citizen crosses the line--forcing the Order of the Ambidextrous Knights who guard the borFrom the creators of the bestseller CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS comes another zany, laugh-out-loud picture book!The Town of Left and the Town of Right are separated by a dotted yellow line, and no one on either side can remember how things got to be this way! One day, an unlucky citizen crosses the line--forcing the Order of the Ambidextrous Knights who guard the border to take action. Unfortunately, the only ammunition they have around is marshmallows--50,000 boxes worth! So begins the Marshmallow Incident, a tale of Left and Right, and Right and Wrong, with an incredibly silly but delicious dose of Mallo-Puffs and Marsh-Pillows thrown in. Kids will read it once and then beg for s'more!...

Title : The Marshmallow Incident
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ISBN : 9780545046534
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
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The Marshmallow Incident Reviews

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-04-25 17:45

    I’m left handed, I love marshmallows (and s’mores), and this tickled my funny bone. It’s very silly and I feel somewhat silly for liking this as much as I do, but I do, and I can’t wait to share it with some marshmallow loving kids. (Vegan) marshmallows will have to be provided because I know everyone will be in the mood to eat them.The town of Right (where everyone is right handed) and the town of Left (where everyone is left handed) are divided by a broken yellow line that nobody ever crosses. Knights who guard the border live in a castle that straddles the line. They happen to have a huge stockpile of marshmallows. Hilarity ensues (in my opinion) before, during, and after the incident.I grinned at least once from something on almost every page. From all the signs displayed in the left and right side towns, to all the various and sometimes ridiculous uses for the stockpile of marshmallows, to roasting a marshmallow using fire from a dragon’s breath, to the happy dog with a marshmallow in its mouth, to the s’mores making table near the end; it was all just so much fun.There are a couple of good messages too: about not letting minor differences (or forgettable disagreements) come between people/groups of people and about how stagnation is often not as good a policy as constructive change.There is a lot to view on every page. They’re very busy and this might actually be most enjoyed by those who are independent readers.

  • Kathryn
    2019-05-20 19:39

    What a fun book--with a great message! I reveled in the absurdity of the towns of "Left" (left-handers) and "Right" (right-handers) being separated for umteen years for... well, no better reason than what hand you use to pick up a pen. (Gosh, haven't we seen nations divided over reasons that aren't much better!?) Then there's the silliness of the out-of-control, overflowing stash of marshmallows. Mmm, marshmallows! It's so amusing how the marshmallows help create a unity between the two towns. The illustrations really steal the show, such humor and detail! (I also appreciate that not everyone likes the idea of the towns joining together in the end; shows there are always opposing viewpoints!) If you enjoyed Ron and Judi Barrett's famous Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs you must give this one a try!

  • Ann
    2019-04-23 16:48

    What a funny, odd little book! It almost felt like two stories in one - a story about Knights who protect a kingdom using marshmallows and a kingdom divided in two, the Right-handed side and the Left-handed side.While the story was fun, amusing, and delightfully absurd, it did feel a little disjointed and not especially fulfilling. Though, it was worth the read for the hilarity of it (and, of course, the nice message about getting along).More than anything I enjoyed the illustrations, which took me longer to peruse than the text. The signs in the towns are almost more fun than the text, and are certainly very detailed. I did think, too, that the style of illustrations perfectly fit the style of the text.Though not a favorite, it's definitely worth taking a look at.

  • Amanda
    2019-05-21 17:36

    I love the illustrations in these books (this being by the same duo from Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, etc), but in this one the story kind of fell flat for me. Two different towns for lefties and righties are pelted with Marshmallows from the Dotted Line Knights when there is a breech of the line caused by a trip.

  • Luann
    2019-05-19 13:28

    The town of Right, with only right-handed people, and the town of Left, with only left-handed people, are separated by a bright yellow dotted line. The Order of the Ambidextrous Knights of the Dotted Yellow Line repaint the line when it starts to fade and make sure that no one crosses the line. The knights also guard their huge stash of marshmallows. One day someone accidently crosses the line, and that's when the troubles begin. This reminded me of The Sneetches and The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss. I bought this for my library because it was written by the team behind Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. In addition to the fun and silly food humor that I expected, this one really has a message. The illustrations are also a lot of fun, with humorous touches relating to the marshmallows and the contrasts between right and left.

  • CH - Marvin Childress
    2019-04-23 15:27

    Author: Judi Barrett; Illustrated: Ron Barrett; Grades: 1-3This book is a classic tale of "thanksgiving." It is about two sides of a line where people from one side never cross or talk to people from the other much that they don't even know why they don't like each other. For some reason, there are many, many marshmallows and one day someone crosses the line. They begin to argue and they hurl marshmallows at each other and discover how good they taste. They come together, a la "thanksgiving," and they become friends. Now, every year on this day, they celebrate.I enjoyed this book. It teaches children to get along despite differences. I would use this story as a read-aloud, but also as a compare and contrast/venn diagram exercise to teach likes and differences.

  • Tim Vandenberg
    2019-05-10 18:51

    A cute, fun book with more excellent art by Ron Barrett (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs).The art actually deserves a higher rating (be sure to study every picture for little hidden surprises!)....But the story earns 3-stars for being predictable & shallow with not much in terms of a lesson, or commentary on the human experience, or anything else meaningful like that.Recommended for those wanting a visually fun, though unmemorable, read.

  • Cathie
    2019-05-13 13:45

    Remniscent of "The Sneetches," and "The Zaxs" it highlights the ridiculousness of taking a minor, unimportant difference and creating an environment of distrust and dislike. Thank goodness common sense takes the day in the end. It also brought to mind the video "The Rainbow war" which is hard to find but fun to watch.

  • Carrie
    2019-05-18 16:35

    Cute art, funny circumstances, and great vocabulary (ambidextrous!). There's no reason the Marshmellow Incident would cause the change it did--otherwise I'd give it more stars--but kids probably won't care.

  • Katy
    2019-05-02 15:37

    Too long for a typical storytime.

  • Seema Rao
    2019-04-30 16:50

    While the quality of illustration never wavers from the original (cloudy with a chance of meatballs); the storyline is considerably less endearing.

  • Jenny
    2019-05-04 15:32

    This was a silly book! I loved how you could tell that it was done by the same people as the Cloudy with a chance of meatball books. I liked that you could tell by the writing and the drawings. There is a similar quality in them.

  • Hyrum
    2019-05-03 20:38

    I had to wait more than 5 seconds for my son to respond to the question, "did you like this book?" He eventually said he did, but I could see in his eyes he wasn't quite prepared for the discrimination of lefties and righties with overbearing "we're better than you" knights (due to their ambidexterity). My son prefers the same story line per Dr. Seuss in the Butter Battle Book.The town of Left and the Town of right are separated by a dotted yellow line patrolled by knights. The town of left is comprised solely of left handers and likewise the town of right has only right handers. The knights, on the other hand (no pun intended) are ambidextrous. The supposed hilarity ensues when a righty trips across the yellow line and the knights rush in to "protect" the tow towns from each other armed with marshmallows. Eventually the marshmallows cover the line and the townspeople hold a meeting to end the separation.I do find the book comparable to current political events in the United States with the Lefties and Righties not being able to get along. There has been an invisible yellow line painted between the two parties with supposed ambidextrous leaders overseeing both. Perhaps 50,000 cases of marshmallows should be sent to capital hill.

  • David
    2019-05-03 20:48

    The Town of Left and the Town of Right are separated by a dotted yellow line, & no one on either side can remember how things got to be this way! One day, an unlucky citizen crosses the line--forcing the Order of the Ambidextrous Knights who guard the border to take action. Unfortunately, the only ammunition they have around is marshmallows--50,000 boxes worth! So begins the Marshmallow Incident, a tale of Left and Right, & Right and Wrong, with an incredibly silly but delicious dose of Mallo-Puffs & Marsh-Pillows thrown in. (Goodreads summary) The Marshmallow Incident by Judi Barrett, illustrated by Ron Barrett, is a quirky tale of two divided towns kept separated by a castle of knights, who have been hoarding mass quantities of marshmallows. The story is wild & the humorous & the detailed illustrations fit perfectly. Behind the silliness are lessons about tolerance, inclusiveness, forgettable disagreements, minor differences, and changing things even though "it's always been this way!" The illustrations, especially the sign and labels, are the highlight of this tale that reminds one of the Butter Battle Book or the Sneeches. Lots of possibilities to stretch the story using foods, recipes or crafts. For grades 1 - 3, and knight or food theme story-times.

  • Steven
    2019-04-24 18:50

    Two medievalesque towns are residing on either side of a painted yellow line, one town for left-handers, the other for righties. The origin of the line is unknown, though it is carefully tended and monitored by the Order of the Ambidextrous Knights. When a citizen accidently crosses over the line, the Knights deal with the crisis by firing stockpiles of marshmallows at everyone on both sides. Actually enjoying the fluffy barrage, both towns unite to celebrate, erase the line, and to live in harmony forever after.(I think this is how the Berlin Wall came down...but I could be wrong.)I love Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs but I'm afraid I was underwhelmed by this Judi Barrett effort. The plot has some similarity to Dr. Seuss' The Butter Battle Book (two groups at odds with each other over small differences). However, there wasn't the one-upmanship conflict to drive the story that Butter Battle had.The illustrations by Ron Barrett are as good as always!

  • Connie
    2019-05-01 13:51

    Sometimes, we divide ourselves up over silly things. How we pray. Who we want to marry. What we look like. What hand we write with... wait, what? (Actually, tangent, historically lefties HAVE been discriminated against, but that's another book for another day.)Yes, let's go to the towns of Left and Right, where they each have half a clock, and half of a big dotted yellow line that NOBODY CAN CROSS. Why? Who knows, who cares, it's always been that way!Until somebody does cross it. Not because they want to change things - far from it! But then the knights got involved, and it all got out of hand, and there's some amusing pictures of people building snowmen out of marshmallows until everybody in the two towns realizes how stupid this is.The story doesn't make much logical sense, but I don't think it's supposed to. I think it's supposed to illustrate how very very SILLY this sort of thing all is. And it does so admirably well, without seeming TOO preachy.

  • J-Lynn
    2019-05-19 15:56

    Two neighbor towns, one filled with left-handed people and one filled with right-handed people, never interact and their lands are split by a giant yellow dotted line that is never crossed. The sanctity of this line is protected by the Knights of the Dotted Yellow Line who also hoard marshmallows. The line is finally banished after a man falls over the line and the knights respond by pelting the towns with their only available weapon, marshmallows. Eventually, the people live together in one along with a united obsession for their new white, fluffy dessert food.The premise was a bit strange to me, but children might be more accepting of the bizarre uniting of the towns.

  • Mrs. Nelson's
    2019-04-29 13:48

    Fans of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs have something to celebrate - Jan Barrett has written a new book, this one just as fun as her others! This fanciful tale is set in the town of Left and the town of Right. Left-handed people live in the town of Left and right-handed people live in the town of Right, and no one ever crosses the line that divides them. Everything is fine until someone stumbles over the dividing line - chaos ensues! Readers will be recognize the wonderfully detailed illustrations as being similar to those in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Don't miss this one!--Review by Lauren

  • Dolly
    2019-05-02 18:42

    By the creative team who brought us Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, this story is a fitting sequel. The righties and lefties live in their respective towns and ne'er the twain shall meet. Until they do; and mayhem ensues. It's a funny tale and although I'm not sure there's a moral, if it does exist, it probably has to do with being inclusive and tolerant of people who are different from you. In any case, our girls thought it was a funny story.

  • Melanie
    2019-05-21 14:31

    A humorous story of a town divided into left and right handedness. The ambidextrous knights in charge of the upkeep for the yellow line separating the two towns have a stash of marshmallows from contest winnings. When a dispute arises between the towns the knights bring out the marshmallows to use as ammunition. The result is a shower of marshmallows covering both towns. The townspeople decide to vote on getting rid of the line. And the rest is history...

  • Sarah Jost
    2019-05-09 16:38

    This book does a good job of taking a simple lesson to the extreme to illustrate a point to children. Sometimes we form judgements against people just because they are different and put walls up for no reason. It is important to teach children to treat others fairly and respectfully even if they are different. Marshmallow incident portrays this lesson in a silly manner that will be interesting to kids of many different ages.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-30 12:30

    From author of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs this is a quirky, hilarious stories full of fluff! But, it takes on the issue of people being resistant to change. Why is thier town dividied? Because it's always been that way. This story tells kids that things don't have to be accepted just because "that's the way it's always been." If its not a good idea, they can change it! I love that concept.

  • Karen
    2019-04-29 13:53

    Super Cute!! It has a bit of education in it. (right and left) It has a bit of people needing to get along. it is silly and fun for the kids. It has a happy ending and teaches an important lesson of including those who are different. Add it to your "we need to be silly in math today" shelf. :0)

  • Dave Wilson
    2019-05-02 19:34

    A classic case of why are fighting again? Oh, that;s right we don't really have a good reason to fight. As a lefthanded person I appreciate this story as us lefthanded folk have been sidelined for way too long. A fun "whiteout" of marshmellow mayhem that ends with two sides joining together and accepting their differences. 2009, fantasy.

  • Joenna
    2019-04-27 14:32

    The left-handed residents of t.he town of Left and the right-handed residents of the town of Right become friends after a marshmallow-throwing incident instigated by the knights of the Ambidextrous Order who guard the dotted yellow line that separates the two towns.A great picture book for older students.

  • Heather
    2019-05-17 17:42

    This is a fun book about the land of left, right & the forbidden line of ambidextrous. This was especially fun for our family as my son now calls himself ambidextrous, opposed to my calling him a lefty, and I have to admit that he is very ambidextrous; at age 6 he still uses both hands for everything. The marshmallow uses were also very entertaining!

  • Tricia
    2019-05-19 15:37

    i'd give it a 2 (didn't find the storyline very compelling) but my boys would give it at least a 4, so we'll let it stand as a 3. Maybe I should have read it aloud first, rather than reading on my own - perhaps I would have enjoyed it more had I gotten their reactions.

  • Michele
    2019-05-17 16:26

    Wonderfully clever and openly absurd story about neighborly relations. Even my little ones understood what the author was talking about. The book is apparently out of print, but I bugged my library enough that they were able to get a ebook version of it.

  • Rachel
    2019-05-20 19:31

    This story was very amusing. The Town of Left and the Town of Right are separated from each other by a dotted line and the Ambidextrous Knights keep it that way. One day someone crosses the line, marshmallows get thrown everywhere, and everyone learns to get along. A very cute story.

  • Caity
    2019-04-28 18:50

    This is a funny book with a nonsensical story about two towns one for right handed people and one for left handed people and the knights who guard the yellow line that divides them. The illustrations are cool and nicely detailed.