Review – Who Broke the Teapot?!


I won a copy of Who Broke the Teacup from Tundra Books and it arrived as part of the the cutest prize pack! As a lover of both books and tea it was perfect…a cute book and tea supplies (teapot and teacup are mine). I considered using this as an excuse to get a new teapot, but decided that I could stick with my trusty old one for a while longer.  Like mom’s broken teapot in the book, it’s a good teapot.


Title: Who Broke the Teapot?!
Author: Bill Slavin
Publisher: Tundra Books
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Find it: Amazon | Goodreads | Chapters Indigo
My rating:  4/5

Mom is very angry. Her very favorite teapot is broken, and no one is ‘fessing up. Was it Dad, sitting in his underwear reading the paper? Was it Cat, who was all tangled up in a ball of yarn? Was it Baby perched in his highchair? Or is there a surprising twist to this mystery that teaches Mom a little lesson in anger management? Bill Slavin takes a sly poke at parents in their less-than-finer moments in this funny and energetic story.

My review:
I can understand Mom’s frustration…in a busy household, sometimes sitting down for a quiet cup of tea is the only thing that keeps you going! I really enjoyed seeing what everyone was doing on the fateful morning that the teapot gets broken. The whodunit mystery is simple enough to keep kids engaged and has you guessing right up until the end.  There’s lots of detail in the pictures to let you ask questions and have kids point out various things. I love the depth in the illustrations. No one is safe from being a suspect, even the dog and the cat!


I can tell you that in my house the money is on kitty!  She’s the most likely to find herself in trouble. With short, rhyming text accompanied by busy pictures it’s perfect for keeping young readers (listeners) engaged. This relatively short book is sure to be requested again and again (and again). Fortunately it’s one that’s easy on the parents too, leaving you to laugh at what is likely a very familiar scene.

Thanks to Tundra Books for providing me with this great kids book.

You can read more about Bill Slavin and the host of books he’s illustrated on his website. And if you’re in Southern Ontario you can join Bill for his local launch of the book in Millbrook on June 4, 2016 at Bear Essentials, 12 King St. E., Millbrook Ontario. Full details are on the Tundra Books blog and Facebook.



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