A World of Food: Discover Magical Lands Made of Things You Can Eat!

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Carl Warner is a professional photographer known for his miniature landscapes made entirely from edible ingredients. A World of Food presents 12 of his amazing pictures, each one showing young readers what the world might look like if there were only a single color. “Yellow” is a desert made of pasta palm trees, cereal sand, and swiss cheese pyramids, while “Orange” features pumpkin cottages, carrot trees, and apricot leaves. Playful verse accompanies each image, guiding viewers through the pictures and inviting ...

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Overview

Carl Warner is a professional photographer known for his miniature landscapes made entirely from edible ingredients. A World of Food presents 12 of his amazing pictures, each one showing young readers what the world might look like if there were only a single color. “Yellow” is a desert made of pasta palm trees, cereal sand, and swiss cheese pyramids, while “Orange” features pumpkin cottages, carrot trees, and apricot leaves. Playful verse accompanies each image, guiding viewers through the pictures and inviting them to figure out the various foods used (which are all identified at the back of the book). This is a wonderful book about colors and creativity for parents and children to look through together and discover the many different foods that make up Warner’s fantastical world.

Praise for A World of Food
"Children will delight in pointing at the sweet ingredients, such as meringue clouds and lollipop trees."
Wall Street Journal

"Kids and adults alike will marvel at these painstakingly assembled and composed photos, eagerly identifying the foods that make up the details of the landscapes."
Kirkus Reviews

AWARD:
HONORS winner: 2012 National Parenting Publications Book Awards

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Using like-colored foods, Warner created imaginative landscapes and then photographed them for this picture book with rhyming text. He highlights one color per spread—purple, red, silver, green, white, etc.—with a large photograph covering most of the two pages. Some layouts are delicious and enticing, filled with sweet things ("If all the world were pink,/We'd live in a candy land."). Some are off-putting, although certainly creative. For example, a combination of beef and pork ribs, a pepper scorpion, and bacon bits create a red-themed desert world. The food landscapes built around basic palettes are strange, beautiful, and the stuff of dreams. White is a winter landscape of ice-cream trees and rocks and a white chocolate castle with towers made of waffle cones. In the silver world, the sea is constructed of mackerel, cod, and bass with hollowed-out squash boats bobbing in the harbor. Brown, of course, is a wonderland of chocolate trains and Kit-Kat railroad tracks. A delightful supplement that should be browsed at leisure.—Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
Peek into worlds where the trees are made of broccoli and the clouds of sweet meringue. Warner's monochromatic photographed landscapes, constructed from an astounding array of edible items, take center stage in this offering. He begins with a yellow landscape in which a beach, pyramids, trees and a hot-air balloon are constructed from couscous, rice, beans, cheese and pasta. The image takes up three-quarters of a two-page spread, with half of a single page devoted to rhyming verse that describes the image. Other photographs include a gray landscape made mostly of mushrooms, a delectable chocolaty-brown image featuring a train, with cocoa-powder hills in the distance, and a disquieting red landscape presenting mountains made of raw meat and a scorpion of peppers. Kids and adults alike will marvel at these painstakingly assembled and composed photos, eagerly identifying the foods that make up the details of the landscapes. While the accompanying verse names some of the foods, which is good way to get kids to begin hunting for items in the images, it seems forced and awkward in several instances, serving only to detract from the featured landscape. Good for one-on-one sharing or paired with titles such as Saxton Freymann's Fast Food (2006) for a festive, food-themed storytime. (list of foods portrayed in each photo) (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419701627
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 384,132
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Carl Warner, a professional still life and location photographer based in London, has worked in advertising for 25 years. His food landscapes have become an Internet sensation. He and his wife have four children.

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