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Book Review: Paul Meets Bernadette 

Published March 21, 2014 at 4:02 p.m. | Updated April 4, 2022 at 7:52 p.m.

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For kids of a certain age, nothing is funnier than calling something by an incorrect name. Tell a 3-year-old that your knee hurts while pointing to your elbow and you're guaranteed giggles. Announce that worms are for dinner while presenting a pile of spaghetti to your kindergartener and he’ll squeal with delight.

Paul Meets Bernadette, a picture book that recently landed on our bedtime reading pile, capitalizes on this concept with delightful results.

In this debut from Paris-based painter and sculptor Rosy Lamb, goldfish Paul swims around in circles until Bernadette drops into his bowl and shakes things up.

“Haven’t you ever noticed that there’s a whole world out there?” Bernadette implores.

She proceeds to show Paul the commonplace domestic items on the other side of the glass, making them seem exciting by calling them something other than what they really are. In Bernadette’s mind, a banana is a boat, a clock is a cactus and two fried eggs are the sun and moon.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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Alison Novak

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Alison is the former managing editor at Kids VT, Seven Days' parenting publication and writes about education for Seven Days.

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