Welcome to Part 2 in my continuing series on great picture books about food.
The King’s Taster by Kenneth Oppel; illustrations by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher
Max is the cook’s dog and the king’s taster. He gets to eat everything the king eats first—wild boar, rose pudding and more. But when a new king is crowned who doesn’t like the cook’s food, the duo must travel the world to try and find something to please their finicky young master.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff; illustrated by Felicia Bond.
When you give a mouse a cookie, he’ll want a glass of milk and that’s just the beginning of this rollicking celebration of repetition and the shared mouse/child pleasure of eating cookies. A classic in the genre (and far superior to its followup “If You Give a Moose a Muffin”).
The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear; illustrations by Stéphane Jorisch
You can’t go wrong with any version of the famous inter-species love story, but my new favourite is this Governor General Award-winning take illustrated by the extraordinary Stéphane Jorisch. “They dined on mince and slices of quince, Which they ate with a runcible spoon…”—could there be any more beautiful verse about the glories of eating together?
I’d love to hear about your favourite kids’ books on food. Send me your suggestions and I’ll keep adding to the roster.