The Customer At Table 5 by Holly Lynden – Book Review

The Customer At Table 5 by Holly Lynden – Book Review

The Customer at Table 5 by Holly Lynden

The Customer At Table 5

Author – Holly Lynden
Publisher – Tellwell Talent
Pages – 24
Released – 13th January 2021
ISBN-13 – 978-0228845898
Format – paperback, hardcover
Rating – 4.5 Stars
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There’s an animal waiting to order in the NoodleNut café. The waiter-birds seem to think they know who he is and what he wants. But they don’t. This is a story about being proud of who you are and not letting others make choices for you.

Review by Stacey

When a Chinchilla goes for lunch at the NoodleNut café, the waiter-birds all think they know what food he would like, because they mistake him for other animals. He would like cheese because he must be a mouse, or carrots as he must be a bunny. They haven’t seen a chinchilla before and so they are guessing what kind of animal he must be.

The Customer At Table 5 is a fun, colourful, and enjoyable story that follows the waiting staff at NoodleNut café as they try to work out what Chinchilla, who is sat at table 5, would like to eat. The book is equal parts amusing as the waiter-birds take it in turns to decipher what Chinchilla wants and educational as the book teaches children not to make assumptions about another based on their appearance.

The full-page illustrations are a joy to look at and capture the story perfectly. I loved the expressions from the waiters when they realise they got the order wrong.

The plot has been cleverly written as it encased a story of standing up for yourself and not letting others choose what you want, being proud of who you are, and as I said earlier about not making assumptions about another person because of how they look. This has all been weaved into a plot that children can enjoy, laugh along with, and make guesses at what Chinchilla really wants, which you will never see coming!

My tiny criticism is that the book felt like it ended abruptly when Chinchilla revealed what he wanted to order. I would have loved to have seen the waiter-birds faces as they brought out his order or an apology for making assumptions about him.

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Author Info

Holly Lynden The Customer At Table 5

Holly Lynden was a sportscaster for 11 years (on-air name: Holly Horton), working for Global, Sportsnet, CBC Sports, and as a Sportscentre anchor at TSN for 7 years. She covered a wide array of professional and amateur sports and honed her skills in both presentation and writing.

Once her first son was born, she decided to put the microphone away and concentrate on being a mother. She has always had a love of performing and writing and always wanted to transition to other forms of writing.

This book came about one night while waiting for her second son to fall asleep. It is inspired by her kids’ love of books and of animals.

Holly holds degrees in Psychology from UWO and Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson. She currently lives in Pickering with her husband, her two children, and their dog Ninja.

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