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I'm trying to find a fantasy book I read, back in 2000 or shortly after. Unfortunately, I remember next to nothing about it. It would have been aimed at a young audience (I was in my early teens when I read it). I read it in German, but I don't know if that was the original language.

What I do remember is that one character was a little teaspoon that seemed quite sad all the time and sighed a lot. I don't think it ever spoke, it just sighed. A lot. It was a companion/sidekick to the main character. The main character and any other companions and major characters were not cutlery, and it didn't take place in a kitchen or even "civilisation" setting - more like woods/wilderness.

My mum thinks there may have been illustrations in the book, similar to those in The Edge Chronicles (the Twig trilogy), and at first I thought those might be the books, but I can't find any mention of a teaspoon in the Twig books (I checked the wiki, as I don't have the books here).

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Muddle Earth (2003) by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell fits nicely. Similar to the Twig books (same authors​), illustrated, and an enchanted (IIRC) teaspoon who braved many adventures during the trilogy.

Dropping down out of the sky towards the sandpit, the tiny teaspoon was nearing the end of its brief flight. With a soft swooshing noise - and the hint of a little sigh - the teaspoon landed in soft sand and buried itself up to its handle. [...]

As it dropped down into the pocket, the teaspoon let out a little sigh. It was warm and moist and smelly in the goblin's trousers, and - the teaspoon trembled - very, very dark.

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  • Funnily enough, the last time this was given as a story-ID answer, the querent's username was "Spoon"! (disclaimer: the answer there is also mine)
    – Jenayah
    Oct 11, 2020 at 15:29
  • Thanks for your answer! Strangely, despite the teaspoon sounding very similar, the book doesn't ring a bell at all, so I don't think this is it.
    – koboldblue
    Oct 11, 2020 at 15:45
  • You mean there are two books with sighing teaspoons?!?!
    – Basya
    Oct 13, 2020 at 9:59
  • On the one hand I'd say there are enough books that ideas are bound to pop up twice. On the other hand it is oddly specific. But neither my mum nor I recognise any part of the plot summary or any of the characters, so it seems like that's the case, yes.
    – koboldblue
    Oct 14, 2020 at 14:44

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