{"id":7569400398061,"title":"The Incredible Shrinking Lunchroom","handle":"the-incredible-shrinking-lunchroom","description":"\u003ch6\u003eComing July 26, 2022. 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She is the author of \u003ci\u003eI'm a Gluten Sniffing Service Dog \u003c\/i\u003eand lives in California with her husband, three kids, three dogs, one cat, and a bearded dragon named Gus Pirate Potato. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/michal-babay\"\u003eRead more \u003c\/a\u003eabout Michal.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePaula Cohen, illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"UTF-8\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003ePaula Cohen has a BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design and was an editorial illustrator before returning to her first love, children's books. 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Soliciting help via polite correspondence with their principal, Ms. Mensch, they receive peculiar advice: Science projects should be placed on lunchroom tables; classroom pets should be brought to the lunchroom; sports teams must practice in the lunchroom. After carrying out these odd instructions—and seeing the situation deteriorate further—the desperate kids fire off another entreaty. Ever optimistic Ms. Mensch’s new solution? Projects, animals, and athletes must exit the lunchroom pronto. The result? The lunchroom is wonderfully spacious, neat, and quiet! Readers will note and appreciate that Ms. Mensch, who enjoys eating privately at her own desk, receives ample rewards in the end. The author’s note mentions that this story was inspired by a wise, witty Yiddish folktale, which serves as the basis for Margot Zemach’s It Could Always Be Worse. 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Soliciting help via polite correspondence with their principal, Ms. Mensch, they receive peculiar advice: Science projects should be placed on lunchroom tables; classroom pets should be brought to the lunchroom; sports teams must practice in the lunchroom. After carrying out these odd instructions—and seeing the situation deteriorate further—the desperate kids fire off another entreaty. Ever optimistic Ms. Mensch’s new solution? Projects, animals, and athletes must exit the lunchroom pronto. The result? The lunchroom is wonderfully spacious, neat, and quiet! Readers will note and appreciate that Ms. Mensch, who enjoys eating privately at her own desk, receives ample rewards in the end. The author’s note mentions that this story was inspired by a wise, witty Yiddish folktale, which serves as the basis for Margot Zemach’s It Could Always Be Worse. 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The Incredible Shrinking Lunchroom

Coming July 26, 2022. Preorder today!

By: Michal Babay / Illustrated by: Paula Cohen

This is worse than horrible.

This modern retelling of the classic Yiddish folktale and Caldecott Honor book It Could Always Be Worse asks: What do you do when the school lunchroom gets too crowded?

The students at Parley Elementary have a hard time using the space in their lunchroom efficiently. When they get tired of shoving and arguing, they write a letter to their principal asking for help. She responds by moving all the science projects into the lunchroom. Now it's even more crowded! Through a series of letters and increasingly hilarious scenarios, the lunchroom gets more and MORE chaotic. When the principal finally announces that the lunchroom is once again only to be used for lunch, the students are overjoyed with the result.

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Michal Babay, author

Michal Babay is a former teacher and elementary school resource specialist who decided to follow her writing dreams. She is the author of I'm a Gluten Sniffing Service Dog and lives in California with her husband, three kids, three dogs, one cat, and a bearded dragon named Gus Pirate Potato. 

Read more about Michal.


Paula Cohen, illustrator

Paula Cohen has a BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design and was an editorial illustrator before returning to her first love, children's books. She is the illustrator of Honey on the Page. Cohen lives in New Jersey with her family and mini schnauzer.

Read more about Paula

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Kirkus Reviews

Can a principled principal help beleaguered students? The students at Parley Elementary School are fed up with their overcrowded, noisy, messy lunchroom. Soliciting help via polite correspondence with their principal, Ms. Mensch, they receive peculiar advice: Science projects should be placed on lunchroom tables; classroom pets should be brought to the lunchroom; sports teams must practice in the lunchroom. After carrying out these odd instructions—and seeing the situation deteriorate further—the desperate kids fire off another entreaty. Ever optimistic Ms. Mensch’s new solution? Projects, animals, and athletes must exit the lunchroom pronto. The result? The lunchroom is wonderfully spacious, neat, and quiet! Readers will note and appreciate that Ms. Mensch, who enjoys eating privately at her own desk, receives ample rewards in the end. The author’s note mentions that this story was inspired by a wise, witty Yiddish folktale, which serves as the basis for Margot Zemach’s It Could Always Be Worse. This book succeeds as an updated, equally humorous parable that conveys the realities of today’s schools and educators while emphasizing the moral to put life in perspective and be grateful for what one has. Children will relate to the students’ predicament and chuckle over the extremes they undergo to achieve a “fix.” The riotous digital illustrations capably match the comical shenanigans. Students are depicted diverse as to race, ethnicity, and physical ability. Ms. Mensch is light-skinned; some children wear kippot, and one child wears a patka. (This book was reviewed digitally.) Sage, farcical wisdom for lunchtime or any time.

Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-62354-294-8

E-book
ISBN: 978-1-63289-930-9
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Ages: 5-8
Page count: 32
81/2 x 11

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