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Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly

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Do you like to cook? We do, too. We even have our own cooking show, even though one of us really isn’t old enough to be on the show.

But Mom said we had to share.

Anyway, we hope you like our show!

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Overview

Hello!

Do you like to cook? We do, too. We even have our own cooking show, even though one of us really isn’t old enough to be on the show.

But Mom said we had to share.

Anyway, we hope you like our show!

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  • Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly
    Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly  

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When a boy's pretend play as a TV chef collides with a very stubborn little sister (the eponymous Elliebelly, aka Eleanor), it brings new and very funny meaning to the concept of reality television. To begin with, Elliebelly insists that she and her brother wear pirate hats instead of toques (forcing Henry to change the name of the show to "Pirate Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly"), and she adds her doll to the batter for the raspberry–marshmallow–peanut butter waffles. "Mom!!!!" appeals Henry to the offstage parent, then opts for a commercial break, holding up a quickly scrawled "We'll be right back" sign. Yaccarino's (Lawn to Lawn) airbrush-styled illustrations, which largely mimic classic TV framing with a counter running across the bottom of several spreads, have a retro-poster boldness that's perfect for this performance-oriented story. He and Parkhurst, making her children's book debut, invigorate the my-sibling-is-driving-me-crazy genre with fresh, laugh-out-loud comedy, while creating a straight man who's admirable for his nimbleness at shifting gears, accommodating unforeseen problems, and maintaining relative equanimity--important traits for a would-be chef. Ages 2–5. (Oct.)
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Praise for Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly:

“When a boy’s pretend play as a TV chef collides with a very stubborn little sister (the eponymous Elliebelly, aka Eleanor), it brings new and very funny meaning to the concept of reality television. . . . [Yaccarino] and Parkhurst, making her children’s book debut, invigorate the my-sibling-is-driving-me-crazy genre with fresh, laugh-out-loud comedy, while creating a straight man who’s admirable for his nimbleness at shifting gears, accommodating unforeseen problems, and maintaining relative equanimity—important traits for a would-be chef.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The appealing cartoon-style illustrations in a bold color palate show Henry and Elliebelly against a white backdrop, so that they, and the few attractive accoutrements that clutter their workspace, really pop out.” —Booklist

“As can be expected, Yaccarino has created characters and an environment that grabs readers’ attention and won’t let go. His interpretation of Elliebelly, with her wild curls, peek-a-boo bellybutton, and ever-present pink butterfly wings, is especially perfect. Parkhurst’s carefully chosen dialogue and Yaccarino’s deceptively simple art create a delicious delicacy.” —School Library Journal

“Resplendently warm and lively with a retro feel.” —Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Leigh Geiger
Older siblings will quickly relate to this tale of being forced to share time and toys with careless younger sisters or brothers, who are blissfully unaware of the trail of destruction they leave in their wake. But Parkhurst keeps the frustration light and amusing as older brother, Henry, copes with relative grace. He is so intent on hosting his "Pirate Cooking Show" that he is willing to make allowances, even when his sister's doll goes swimming in the ingredients. Yaccarino's animated illustrations focus on primary colors and simply drawn objects. Younger children will enjoy identifying the animals, toys, clothes, and other familiar objects on each colorful page. The story is told completely in dialog—primarily between the brother and sister. The text is presented in a mix of font sizes and colors which emphasize short, easily recognized words. This will encourage beginning readers to add a few new words to their sight vocabulary. More experienced readers will enjoy choosing a character and reading their "lines." This story would also work well as the script for a short play. Reviewer: Leigh Geiger, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—The conceit of this picture book is a make-believe episode of a kids' cooking program, and the show for the day is "Pirate Cooking with Henry, Elliebelly, and Baby Anne." The featured recipe is "raspberry-marshmallow-peanut butter waffles with barbecued banana bacon," and the description is so yummy that readers can almost smell it. Henry is clearly in charge, until two-year-old Elliebelly voices her opinions and concerns (over and over and over again). Her contributions clearly frustrate her brother, and their delightful exchanges add some zest to the production. The entire story is written in dialogue and the sibling relationship is presented with skill; the joys and irritations that the two experience are clear. Mom's off-camera additions ("Work it out, you two") ring as true as the minor spats throughout. While the cooking-show concept may be lost on kids unfamiliar with the medium, the pure adventure of creative play and experimentation will be a treat for any reader. As can be expected, Yaccarino has created characters and an environment that grab readers' attention and won't let go. His interpretation of Elliebelly, with her wild curls, peek-a-boo bellybutton, and ever-present pink butterfly wings, is especially perfect. Parkhurst's carefully chosen dialogue and Yaccarino's deceptively simple art create a delicious delicacy.—Heather Acerro, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN
Kirkus Reviews
Today's showcase recipe is "raspberry-marshmallow-peanut butter waffles with barbequed banana bacon," but can a festive cooking show thrive with an opinionated toddler involved? It sure can. Five-year-old Henry stands behind a long dark table, looking straight out at readers. He generously includes his sister in the program's title, but what she really wants to do is direct. Their interactions are hilariously realistic: Henry announces they'll begin by donning chef hats; Elliebelly declares "No chef hat. Pirate hat"; Henry acquiesces that she can wear her pirate hat, but Elliebelly demands that he does too. Mom, offstage, reassures, "Sweetie, she's two. You don't have to do what she says"; readers turn the page to see Henry wearing a pirate hat. Yaccarino uses gorgeously rich gouache colors on creamy flat watercolor paper, deftly composing scenes to portray jubilant chaos that's easy to look at. Shading gives visual depth to chins, bodies and Elliebelly's mop of curls, while eyes and mouths are solid black, working as visual anchors. Resplendently warm and lively with a retro feel. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312548483
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Carolyn Parkhurst

CAROLYN PARKHURST’S books for adults include the New York Times bestseller The Dogs of Babel, and The Nobodies Album. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her family. You can visit her online at www.carolynparkhurst.com.

DAN YACCARINO is an internationally recognized author and illustrator of over three dozen books for children, most notably Every Friday, Unlovable and The Birthday Fish. He also has had the honor of being invited to share his books at the White House. In addition to his books, Dan is the creator and producer of the very successful Nickelodeon's animated series, Oswald, as well as NBC's Willa's Wild Life.

Dan lives with his family in New York City. You can visit him on the Web at www.yaccarinostudio.com.

Biography

What dog lover would not want to know exactly what her or his pet was thinking—and hear those thoughts articulated verbally? And what if it were indeed possible to teach a dog to communicate as humans do? This is the goal of the grieving widower at the heart of Carolyn Parkhurst's quirky but moving debut novel The Dogs of Babel.

Parkhurst's bold debut grew out of an inventive "history" of canine linguistics she penned while in college. This wholly fictional "research" paper provided Parkhurst with the basis of what would become The Dogs of Babel. "I think every dog owner has wondered, what is my dog thinking?" she explained to Bookpage. "What do they make of what they observe about my life? I wish it were true that we could talk and find out what they're thinking, but I don't think it's ever going to happen."

This bizarre premise was actually a means for Parkhurst to explore the themes of grief, loss, redemption, and communication that form the emotional core of The Dogs of Babel. In the novel, a linguistics professor named Paul Iverson finds his beloved wife Lexy lying dead beneath a thirty-foot apple tree in their yard. Not knowing whether Lexy slipped from the branches accidentally or willfully plummeted to her death, Paul turns to the sole witness to uncover the secret of Lexy's death. Unfortunately, this witness happens to be Loralei, his pet Rhodesian Ridgeback. Devastated, Paul abandons his job and embarks on a quest to teach his dog speech in order to discover what, exactly, happened to his wife.

The eccentricity of this premise is not lost on the author, who admits, "There's a real issue of getting readers to suspend their belief when your premise is a man who is trying to teach his dog to talk," but said, "My hope is that, as you learn more about Paul and what he's like, it's believable that he might follow this unlikely course."

Thanks to Parkhurst's skillful blend of absurdity and genuine humanity, readers not only bought her outlandish premise but enthusiastically embraced the writer as a significant new talent, Book magazine even named her as a "new writer to watch." The Dogs of Babel received raves from a string of publications including The Los Angeles Times, Esquire, People magazine, Marie Claire, and Entertainment Weekly. Furthermore, the novel helped Parkhurst come to terms with her own tragic loss. "My dog, Chelsea, who died during the time I was writing the book, was certainly an inspiration to me," she told Identity Theory.com. "I think that the experience of living with such a sweet dog is probably what made me want to write about dogs in the first place."

Carolyn Parkhurst followed up her touching smash debut with a novel that is no less insightful, but somewhat more humorous. Lost and Found explores the relationships between seven mismatched couples as they compete in the reality TV show from which the novel takes its name. The fictional show is a global scavenger hunt, and the participants find more than they bargained for as relationships become increasingly strained as the game's stakes grow higher. The book generated more positive notices for Parkhurst. Kirkus Reviews stated that Lost and Found surpasses Parkhurst's critically acclaimed debut, adding that, "Given the high-concept premise, Parkhurst has avoided the pitfall of simply engineering a joyride..." Deserved praise for sure, but what else would anyone expect from the writer of The Dogs of Babel?

Good To Know

In her interview with Barnes & Noble.com, Parkhurst shared some fun facts about herself:

"I wrote my first story, 'The Table Family,' when I was three. Actually, I dictated it to my mother. It was about a family of tables (Table was their last name), and they were upset because there was a family of leaves growing in their house, but then they all learned to live together. The story also had self-driving cars, a friendly witch, and a man who had only one eye—all the important plot elements."

"I've had three dogs in my life; their names were Fritzie, Shannon, and Chelsea. My mom and I got Chelsea when I was in college, and she's the one who chose his name, despite the fact that he was a male dog and Chelsea is largely a female name.

"A few years later, when Chelsea had come to live with me, my future husband and I tried for a short time to change his name to Doug, which we thought was more fitting (we were inspired by a 'Far Side' cartoon that shows a man standing on his front lawn next to a sign that says, ‘Beware of Doug.' We also liked the way it sounded: ‘This is my dog, Doug'). We did manage to get him to respond to the new name, but ultimately we decided to go back to the name he'd had since he was a puppy."

"I've spent a lot more time watching game shows than I care to admit. I like the excitement of them, the combination of luck and skill, and the possibility that someone could win something really great. Sad as it may sound, The Price is Right is one of the highlights of my day. Whenever my son hears the theme music, he runs to the TV and points at it with great agitation and excitement."

"I love to travel and to cook, although I haven't had much of a chance to do either one since my son was born."

"I collect masks, which is the inspiration for my character Lexy's career as a mask maker, and the first one I ever got was a Carnival mask I bought in Venice. It's a tall gold feather made of papier-mâché, with the features of a woman's face pressed into it. It's beautiful, but it's about two feet tall, and when I bought it I didn't realize I'd have to carry it through Italy for the next two weeks. I dragged it on trains and buses and planes, and I was terrified I'd damage it. The man at the store had wrapped it in paper, and I was scared to unwrap it while I was traveling, so I didn't know until I got home whether it had made the trip intact. Luckily, it was fine; now it's hanging in my living room."

"I also like to play games and do crossword puzzles. When my husband and I were celebrating our first wedding anniversary, I read that the gift is supposed to be paper, so I spent about a month making a crossword puzzle for him. It's surprisingly hard to do. I filled it with clues and references that only he and I would know about, and on the morning of our anniversary, I made him sit there and fill in the whole thing."

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    1. Hometown:
      Washington, D.C.
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 18, 1971
    2. Place of Birth:
      Manchester, New Hampshire
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, Wesleyan University, 1992; M.F.A. in Creative Writing, American University, 1998
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