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Children's LiteratureFrom Betty Rosetti with hair like spaghetti who can't eat at restaurants for fear of being eaten to Miss Clair Éclair who is just so tasty-looking that she really is eaten, Brian Rock's first book is a rhyming celebration of gastronomical characters and dietary adventure. There is Farmer Brown's cow Bessie who experienced an earthquake and now only produces milkshakes. There is Peanut Pete the tough guy who turns into peanut brittle. There is a food fight in the refrigerator late at night. There are rhymes for peanut butter and jelly, bananas, noodles, cheeseburgers, and more. Rock has a particularly keen ear for language that tickles the imagination, and he delights in word play, taking such common phrases as "TV dinner," "salad bowl," "fruit loops," "fruit flies," and "peach fuzz" into unusual territory. John Moerner's zany illustrations are a good companion to this humorous book. This would be a good icebreaker for any nutrition curriculum and a solid addition to any elementary health collection. 2004, First Light, Ages 4 to 8.
—Heidi Hauser Green