Books and food are a tasty combination, and these books about food will leave readers hungry for words.
“Frosting and Friendship” by Lisa Schroeder, 2013, Aladdin, 216 pages, ages 8-12.
Lily wants to impress her friends in the Baking Bookworms book club, but she is a disaster in the kitchen. Her talents lie in music, but her band mates are running out of patience with Lily when she is baking instead of practicing their new songs. As Lily seeks to understand herself, she learns the value of communicating with friends and family.
“Max Makes a Cake” by Michelle Edwards, Illustrated by Charles Santoso, 2014, Random House, ages 4-7.
It’s Mama’s birthday, and Max wants to make her a cake using a special Passover cake mix. Max becomes impatient to begin the baking, while waiting for Daddy to put his little sister down for a nap. Max improvises in the kitchen to create a birthday treat Mama will love. End notes share information about making a hurry, hurry, hurry cake, the Four Questions of Passover, and the Passover Story. The author, Michelle Edwards, is a past recipient of the National Jewish Book Award for “Chicken Man”.
“Super Chicken Nugget Boy and the Massive Meatloaf Man Manhunt”, by Josh Lewis, Illustrated by Stephen Gilpin, 2011, Hyperion Books, 169 pages, ages 7-11.
In the spirit of the “Captain Underpants” series, the “Super Chicken Nugget Boy” books present the slapstick escapades of an unlikely super hero. In this edition, Fernando Goldberg, or Fern, poses as a mild-mannered elementary school student, using his wits, his brawn, and a package of ketchup to take down Massive Meatloaf Man. The action and silliness of the story are also shared through the comic book-style graphics inserted among the chapters by illustrator Stephen Gilpin, from Hiawatha, Kansas.
“Let’s Go NUTS!: Seeds We Eat” by April Pulley Sayre, 2013, Beach Lane Books, ages 4-8.
Author and illustrator, April Sayre, combines rhyme, information and exquisite color photographs to present show readers the beauty and importance of nuts, beans, grains, and spices. Her masterful sharing of information entices readers to become engrossed in the concept of seeds in this book, and fruits and vegetables in her other books, “Go, Go, Grapes!” and “Rah, Rah, Radishes!”.
“The Peanut” by Simon Rickerty, 2013, Aladdin, ages 4-7.
For two creatures, a peanut in the shell has many uses, including a hat, boat, and skateboard. But it’s hard to share one peanut between two, and when a third and then a fourth want the peanut, well, all bets are off on what happens to the peanut. Bright colors make this simple, but fun, text a useful teaching tool for a lesson on sharing.
Reviewed and photo by Elizabeth Dobler
Cake by Allison Perry