YUM: the continuing series on food books for kids

A few weeks ago, our kids’ school hosted a math and literacy night. The highlight of the evening for me and my 7-year-old was the appearance of the voluble and hilarious poet and children’s author/illustrator Loris Lesynski.

She’s written lots of popular kids’ book with a rollicking, rhyming beat, and she also incorporates food into many of her stories.

Take Boy Soup. When a giant gets a nasty cold, he goes to his Giant’s Home Medical Guide and finds the virus can only be remedied with Boy Soup. But the boys (and one smart little girl named Kate) destined for said soup have other ideas. They trick the giant into eating soup made by boys instead of with boys. The nasty stew they concoct is so disgusting the giant spits it out with such force he blows them all the way home. Delighted with the success of their newfound cookery skills, the kids decide to open a restaurant (one that doesn’t serve Boy Soup, of course!).

In Lesynski’s extensive repertoire there is also Cabbagehead (less about food than the way a person sometimes feels as if their brain is thick like cabbage) and Nothing Beats a Pizza.

A series of rhyming poems, Nothing Beats a Pizza opens with an ode to the pie: “Nothing beats a pizza when you’re in a pizza mood because a pizza isn’t anything like any other food….” The book skips, jumps and dances through other pizza poems, landing on topics that range from substitute teachers to the clean dog boogie, the entire endeavour feeling like you’ve wandered into a crazy, creative chef’s kitchen where anything goes and experimentation is welcomed.

For more great kids’ books about food and gardening, check out the sidebar on this blog compiling my ongoing series: YUM.

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