Both is good. (4 stars)
Growing up I had family members and friends who were bi-racial or multi-racial. It wasn't something we really talked about much and I don't remember ever reading a book that really addressed it for kids. Knowing how much stories helped me with the things that made me feel different in a bad way I was eager to see what SPORK would bring to the table (no pun intended).
The illustrations are cute and the concept is a lot of fun. I think SPORK will be very relatable not just to kids who are biracial but any who have very different sides of their family.
Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.
Digital/Print (34 pages, KIDS CAN PRESS)
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.