Pickle in Grandma’s Fridge, The

19 October 2022

The Pickle in Grandma’s Fridge
Story by Elena Bentley, Art by Tonia Laird
Published by Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing
Review by Cindy Wilson
ISBN 9781988783857 $16.95

The Pickle in Grandma’s Fridge is a children’s book written by Elena Bentley and illustrated by Tonia
Laird. It has a grandma, a fridge, and a fuzzy green pickle–of course it’s an interesting story!

Annie is a little girl who goes to her grandma’s after school. How lovely is that? Annie tells Grandma
that her friend says if you leave food in the fridge too long it will grow legs. When Annie goes to
Grandma’s fridge to get a snack she sees a very fuzzy green pickle! She thinks Grandma should throw
that pickle out before it grows legs. Grandma says ,“Don’t be silly. Food can’t grow legs.”

But that night a tap, tap, tap, coming from the fridge wakes Annie. She opens the fridge door and out
jumps the fuzzy green pickle! Follow along to find out what happens with Annie, Grandma, and Dil the
Fuzzy Pickle! Laird’s vivid illustrations will capture the attention of readers young and old, and clear
language makes reading along both easy and fun.

The illustrator lets us know Annie’s personality through her very expressive facial expressions. We also
see that Grandma is a no-nonsense lady with a house that is as neat and tidy as her appearance. Laird
also catches the spirit of the fuzzy green pickle with his cheeky grin and his fuzzy green coat that just
asks to be touched.

This fun-to-read story uses clear and straightforward language, making it a great read-aloud either one-on-one or to an entire class. With only three characters and minimal dialogue, it could easily be adapted
to a short classroom play, and beginning readers may find solo success with its repetitive phrases and
short word count.

With engaging artwork that brings the characters to life, The Pickle in Grandma’s Fridge might make
you wonder what’s happening behind your refrigerator door!


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