Kyo Maclear
Isabelle Arsenault

His mum is a spoon. His dad is a fork. And he's a bit of both. He's Spork!

Spork sticks out in the regimented world of the cutlery drawer. The spoons think he's too pointy, while the forks find him too round. He never gets chosen to be at the table at mealtimes until one day a very messy ... thing arrives in the kitchen who has never heard of cutlery customs. Will Spork finally find his place at the table?

This “multi-cutlery” tale is a humorous and lively commentary on individuality and tolerance. Its high-spirited illustrations capture the experience and emotions of anyone who has ever wondered about their place in the world.

978-1-77138-805-4 | Apr 4, 2017
List Price: USD $8.95, CAD $9.95
4-color 32 pages
Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7
978-1-5253-0401-9 | Oct 6, 2020
List Price: USD $9.99, CAD $10.99
978-1-55453-844-7 | Jan 29, 2014
List Price: USD $5.99, CAD $5.99

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Awards & Reviews

“While some picture-book tales have difficulty promoting the 'different can be good' message without slipping into deep didactism, Maclear's text feels nearly effortless. The inanimate-object identification also pairs brilliantly with Arsenault's melding of mixed media and digital art.”
— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review, August 2010
“It's a story that could wilt under the weight of moral high-mindedness, but the graceful voice of Maclear, making her children's book debut, keeps it light and entertaining.”
— Publishers Weekly, September 2010
“Arsenault's expressive drawings of an un-happy spork are instantly winning.”
— The New York Times, September 2010
“... her message of acceptance will resonate, particularly with parents.”
— Booklist, September 2010
“... the lighthearted storytelling and whimsical mixed-media illustrations will draw readers in, and adults will find the book to be a useful conversation starter for the topics of race, difference, and acceptance.”
— School Library Journal, February 2011
2019 - Three Communities One Story, Libraries of Peel Region, Winner
2011 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner
2011 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2010 - Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities, IBBY, Winner
2010 - Horace Mann Upstanders Book Award, Short-listed

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