Brave Potatoes

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Overview

See the mamas and the papas and the wee potato buds...
"It's refreshing to see something genuinely new sprouting under the sun." -The Bulletin, starred review

"A peck of bug-eyed prize potatoes tiptoe out of the 'Bud and Bean Arena' at the County fair...and roll through the midway on a daring rescue mission...Speed and Root bring plenty of panache to their task, stewing up a tasty goulash of a book...."
-Publishers Weekly

"Any way you slice it, this tuberous triumph will have readers rolling in the aisles."
-Kirkus Reviews

Potatoes set off across the darkened fair grounds to enjoy the rides, but Hackemup the chef has other plans for them.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The team behind Two Cool Cows returns in this remarkable veggie opera. After dark at the county fair's produce display, strange things are afoot: "All the prize potatoes with their eyes wide open/ topple to the hard-knocky floor/ and one potato, two potato, three potato, four/ head for the creak-cracky door." As complacent pumpkins and watermelons snooze, the spuds gallop into the moonlight and climb aboard a carnival ride, the Zip whose name conveniently rhymes with "chip". Meanwhile, in a nearby industrial kitchen full of steaming, gleaming copper kettles, Hackemup the chef whacks unfortunate onions, peppers and tomatoes--"But he hasn't got potatoes./ No, he hasn't got potatoes." Speed sets up a wicked confrontation between Hackemup and the innocent tubers, and the aptly named Root paints the midnight showdown with gusto. The collaborators present the unusual material without irony, and Root carefully portrays the russet red and Yukon gold heroes in all sizes, with unique personalities blazing in their beady little eyes. The intrepid potatoes stage a real grassroots campaign against The Man, and they ultimately march down the street chanting, "We will never be potpie./ We will never be potluck./ We will never be frittata./ We will always be potatoes." This poetically phrased and oddly poignant tale might make a good companion to Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers's How Are You Peeling?, another omen of a budding potato-liberation movement. Ages 4-8. May Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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At night, the potatoes at the county fair pavilion open their eyes and head out to the Ferris wheel for a ride. They sneak past all of the other snoring vegetables. Meanwhile, across town Chef Hackemup is chopping, dicing and slicing a wide range of vegetables--but has no potatoes. He spies the potatoes on the Ferris wheel and decides to go and lure them back to his kitchen. The potatoes end up in Chef Hackemup's kitchen, but that doesn't mean their goose is cooked. The lyrical text and the humorous illustrations make this a classic picture book. 2000, G. P. Putnam, Ages 2 to 8, $15.99. Reviewer: Kristin Harris
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-It's nighttime at the County Fair and the prize vegetables are all fast asleep-all except the potatoes. Having so many eyes, they are wide awake. But evil is afoot and when they sneak out to enjoy a carnival ride, they are spotted by the chef at the Chowder Lounge across town. The murderous Hackemup has everything he needs for his soup except potatoes, and he corrals the spuds into his steamy, dark kitchen. Is this their last stop? Proudly chanting, "Potatoes to the finish./Potatoes to the end./We will always be courageous./We will always be potatoes!" the tubers engage the cook in a colorful struggle and he ends up in the soup. Root's cartoons in shaded hues of red, orange, purple, and green vivify the veggies. An exciting story full of fun, complemented by delightful illustrations.-Ruth Semrau, Upshur County Public Library, Gilmer, TX Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
Speed and Root (Two Cool Cows, 1995) pit a platoon of feisty prize spuds against grimacing chef Hackemup in this gleeful culinary contretemps. Once the sun sets over the county fair's Bud and Bean Arena, the potatoes open their eyes and rumble out to sample the wild carnival ride called "The Zip"—until Hackemup, chef at the Chowder Lounge, snatches them up, singing delightedly of "Idaho and Juliet . . . Romeo and Julienne." Speed breaks in and out of rhyme unpredictably; Root portrays the Lounge's kitchen as a steamy vegetable hell, all huge boiling cauldrons and crisscrossed conveyor belts carrying passive, anxious-looking peppers, cabbages, eggplants, and onions to their soupy doom. Potatoes are made of sterner stuff, though, and, ganging up to push Hackemup into one of his own pots, they lead a vegetable charge out the door and down the street, carnival-ward. Any way you slice it, this tuberous triumph will have readers rolling in the aisles. (Picture book. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399231582
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/22/2000
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD520L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2005

    Go Courageous Spuds!

    I wish more people knew about this terrific book. It is so much fun to read about these funny brave potatoes that ride the Zip at the county fair then turn on evil Chef Hackemup. Fun to read out loud, fun all the way through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2004

    Who knew potatoes could have this much personality?

    Clever word play, catchy rhythms, fun plot. As good as picture books get. I think any kid would like this story, even big ones (like me).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2001

    Best New Book

    I thought it looked cute, interesting title, but it takes about 14 minutes to read to Headstart and Kindergarten age kids and they sit enthralled the whole time. And who would have thought it would be about Brave Potatoes? Every time they think they do not know the story, and they should go back to their playing with the kid next to them, the aliteration sweeps them back to the scene of the potatoes rolling across the floor: 'One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato Four!' When they start to slip away again in the kitchen as the vegetable dishes are enumerated it is the quick catchy verse that snaps their attention back again to the theme. It probably helps that at one time I thought I would like to be a professional cook when the wonderful names roll off my tongue but the kids got it. Not a one is interested in tasting the soup. 'Would you care to try the soup?', 'NO!!!!' they scream back at me. Where else can such an interesting story grab small children and take them away but in the best book of the year. I love it. Thanks Barnes and Noble....Mary S. Foti, Media Specialist, Prairie View Elementary School, Gainesville , Florida

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