Food, Read Your World

Food Fight Fiesta: A Tale About La Tomatina by Tracey Kyle

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Back of Book:
Every year, the town of Bu?ol in Spain holds La Tomatina, a grand fiesta featuring the world?s BIGGEST food fight! Join in the fun!
My Review:
I received this book from author Tracey Kyle in exchange for an honest review.
This picture book is an adorable look at a cultural event that has become an annual tradition. I had no idea that Spain held a giant food fight every year. The rhyming text makes this a perfect read aloud. The text also has Spanish words woven throughout which give a creative and diverse twist on the story. The illustrations are bright, colorful, and show readers the fun of the food fight. The back of the book has information about La Tomatina as well as a glossary of all the Spanish words. This is a truly adorable picture book and one that I know my students will want to hear over and over.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Food, Friendship

Rubio and Julienne: A Sweet and Cheesy Tale by Dan Paley

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Back of Book:
Rubio Fromage sat in his father’s cheese shop and longed to taste the beautiful fruits in the window of the fruit shop across the street. Julienne Chéri sat in her mother’s fruit shop and longed to taste the delectable wheels and savory wedges in the window of the cheese shop across the street. But Rubio’s father hated fruit and Julienne’s mother hated cheese, and the children were forbidden to speak to each other. But one day while making deliveries, they collided on a street corner. Rubio’s cheeses and Julienne’s fruits flew skyward and fell on their heads, creating spontaneous juicy pairings that they couldn’t help but taste. The forbidden combinations were out of this world. Nothing could ever be the same.
My Review:
I received a copy of this book from the author Dan Paley in exchange for an honest review.
I am simply in love with this adorable spin on the Romeo and Juliet story with a wonderful food twist. The story follows Rubio a cheese makers son and Julienne a fruit sellers daughter. Their parents are at war with one another still, the two children become friends and find that cheese and fruit taste better together. I love the message of the story that trying new food can be a delicious and exciting experience. The back of the story has a list of fruit and cheese combinations for readers to try out. The illustrations in this story are simply charming! Filled with beautiful and vibrant colors that will engage readers to keep turning the page. Lauren Gallegos is truly talented. I am looking forward to sharing with story with my classroom. The book also is a perfect into to a writing prompt about different food combinations. I highly recommend this story!
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Food

Fairy Floss: The Sweet Story of Cotton Candy by Ann Ingalls

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Back of Book:
Step right up and read about the debut of cotton candy at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904!

The 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri, was an exhibition like none other. It had huge buildings for displaying all sorts of inventions and machines, exhibits from all around the world, and vendors selling new foods, including something called Fairy Floss, which we now call cotton candy.

In this book, a young girl named Lily and her Aunt Mae are told all about Fairy Floss by John Wharton, one of the inventors. Lily can’t wait to go to the Fair and see how it’s made. While there, she even makes a batch for herself!

My Review:
My students all love cotton candy. When I found a picture book about the creators of Fairy Floss, I knew I had to share it with my class. The story follows Lillie and her Aunt Mae as they travel to the World Fair and see the many inventions that were a part of the showcase there. I love that the text of this book teaches readers about several aspects of the World Fair. It also educates readers about the candy making process. There is a nice historical note in the back of the book that shares more about the creators of the electric machine to spin the sugar. William Morrison and John Wharton worked hard and sold their machine in many candy stores. The illustrations in this book are soft and whimsical. A perfect book to read when sharing STEM concepts or inventions.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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Food, Uncategorized

Lorenzo, the Pizza-Loving Lobster by Claire Lordon

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Back of Book:
When Lorenzo the lobster discovers pizza for the first time while wandering the beach, it becomes his favorite food ever! He races back home to tell his friend Kalena about it, and together they try to make a pizza. There’s only one problem… Lorenzo can’t remember what it was made of!
Will they be able to make a delicious pizza together?
My Review:
My students recently went on a fieldtrip to a pizza parlor. This was a perfect picture book to read about a pizza loving lobster. My students were absolutely in love with this book! They laughed along with Lorenzo and Kalena as they try different food on their pizza. The text is simple as makes for a great read aloud. I loved that the book discusses shapes and colors. I also love that the book discusses eating new kinds of foods. The illustrations are bright and cheerful. A perfect book to read to preschoolers.
Ages 4 and up
32 Pages

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Dinosaurs, Food, Silly and fun books, Uncategorized

Cookiesaurus Rex By Amy Fellner Dominy

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Back of Book:
As soon as Cookiesaurus Rex comes out of the oven, he declares that he is King of All Cookies. He should be frosted before all of the standard-shaped cookies, in a nice bright green. But the other cookies are getting sprinkles, or shiny stars, or even gumdrops . . . WAIT ONE STINKIN’ STOMPIN’ MINUTE! Cookiesaurus wants a do-over. Problem is, he might not end up with the kind of “do” he wants. Readers will love the funny back-and-forth between this cheeky cookie and the hand that frosts him. See who gets his licks in at the end!
My Review:
I have noticed a trend this year that many picture books have characters who speak to a third party or the reader. I believe that it is a very clever idea. Cookiesaurus Rex wants everything that all the other cookies have. He becomes very demanding until the person frosting the cookies has had enough. A battle ensues that will bring a great deal of laughter to readers. There is also an excellent moral in this book about not demanding things from others. AG Ford brings each change of the cookie to life. The final few pages are my personal favorite. This is a perfect book that combines laughter with the understanding that you can’t always get what you want the second you want it.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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Dog stories, Food

The King’s Taster By Kenneth Oppel

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Back of Book:
Max is the cook’s dog. And because he is also the king’s taster, Max gets to feast on
French Fries!
Rose Pudding!
Cheese Pie!
Pizza!
No wonder Max loves his job. Who wouldn’t want to dine on these delicious dishes?
The new king, that’s who.
And if the new king has his way, it won’t just be their job that the cook and Max lose!

My Review: This is a unique story about a picky eater and his official taster. The prince is picky, so the royal chief tries many new dishes like fries, and pizza. This book is very humorous with catchy language that readers will really enjoy. The illustrations are created by two different painters and blended together beautifully. I love the small details like the chief’s suit covered in recipes, or the details of the different countries. The story has a creative ending, with a lesson about eating healthy. This is a perfect story to add to any healthy eating unit.
Ages 5 and up
32 pages

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Food

Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel By Adam Rubin

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Back of Book: News alert! It has just been discovered that there are NO MORE TACOS left anywhere in the world. This is a huge problem because, as you know, dragons love tacos. If only there was a way for the dragons to travel back in time, to before tacos went extinct. Then they could grab lots of tacos and bring them back! It’s the perfect plan, as long as there’s no spicy salsa. You remember what happened last time . . .

 

My Review:

I was a huge fan of the crazy fun story Dragons Love Tacos. It is a very fun read aloud that allows children to use their imagination. When I heard that Adam and Daniel were making a sequel, I was very excited! I found it to be just as fun and engaging as the first story. Plus! This story involves a time machine and dinosaurs. Great summer read. Warning, this book will make you want to eat a taco.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

Food

Wednesday Is Spaghetti Day By Maryann Cocca-Leffler

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Back of book:  Ever wonder what your pet does at home when you’re out? Follow Catrinia at cat who spends her Wednesday with all her kitty friends throwing a spaghetti  party.

My review: I adore this story and usually read it to my students the first Wednesday of the school year. It follows a large orange cat named Catrinia who waits until her family leaves for the day and then throws a huge spaghetti  party. The story follows each part of the spaghetti making process and creates great visuals for the readers.  This story is a quick read but is fun enough to engage student’s attention.

Ages 4 and up

32 pages.