Judging from the success of The Walking Dead and the hilarious Zombieland that I finally got around to watching recently, zombies have become pretty mainstream fare. Thus, it might come as no surprise that they have also entered the realm of picture books.
Martha hates green beans. But when a gang of lean, mean and green b(e)andits swagger into town, everyone who has ever said “Eat your green beans” is in trouble — including her parents — and it’s up to Martha to save them.
When I was little, large family get-togethers were basically excuses for the children to stuff our faces and hang out with cousins whom we rarely met up with. In fact, the only childhood memories I have of such occasions are that of eating and playing. And that, basically, sums up The Great Thanksgiving Escape, which gives a kid-centric view of a big family gathering — thanksgiving dinner, in this case — and reminds us how startlingly fresh and different a kid’s point of view can be from that of stodgy grownups and emotionally detached teenagers.
When a little girl offers to make her daddy a sandwich with all of his “favourite things”, things get a liiittle out of hand…
Poor Buddy. All he wants is to make a nice monster meal of the bunnies that he encounters, but somehow or other, his plan keeps getting thwarted by the bunnies, who may or may not know exactly what they are doing…
In Soup for One, a fly spies a bowl of delicious soup through an open kitchen window and immediately lays claim to it. Alas, to his utter disgruntlement, along comes another fly, and then another, and so on so forth, until the soup becomes a little crowded. However, it soon becomes apparent that having to share is the least of their problems…
Parents who’ve had to pull their hair out over their little picky eaters’ dietary woes will empathise with little Achilles’s parents when he declares one day that wholesome bananas are no longer his cup of tea. Instead what he really wants is to eat a child!
One of the reasons why many of Dr. Seuss’s best books resonate with both children and grown-ups, is the way he has compressed important life lessons into ostensibly lightly-worded and catchy rhymes that can be understood by anyone. And one of the best examples of his genius at work is, of course, Green Eggs and Ham, which, incredibly, contains only 50 different words — the happy result of a bet between the author and his publisher — and is ideal for the youngest readers.
‘Eating a rainbow’ is a concept that helps kids to identify fresh produce and encourages healthy eating habits.
Mmm Let’s Eat! is thus a deliciously colourful book that reinforces this fundamental idea with its simple but enjoyable narrative involving a cast of friendly animal characters who make good food choices as the day progresses from morning to night.