From the Publisher
“Inform and charm eaters big and small.”
–St. Petersburg Times
“Charming,” “user-friendly,” and “stimulating.”
Tricycle Press kicks off a new series called World Snacks with First Book of Sushi by Amy Wilson Sanger. A simple rhyming text demonstrates the different kinds of sushi children can eat: "I'll take yellowtail hamachi/ and a red maguro slice./ Big, BIG futomaki/ has so many grains of rice!" A pronunciation guide would have been helpful for novice diners, but the bright collage illustrations help to identify the menu items. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
For those who enjoy sushi and who may wish to share that enjoyment with little ones, this board book fits the bill. However, it may challenge those unfamiliar with the words and ingredients. The illustrations are a delight, but kids may have trouble identifying a particular item. This board book really has more adult than child appeal, unless you are in a household that consumes lots of sushi. Tricycle Press, $6.95. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-A title for the trendy toddler set that starts out with tekka maki and ends with tobiko, flying fish roe, introducing other sushi in between. The text is rhythmic ("Miso in my sippy cup, tofu in my bowl. Crab and avocado fill my California roll"), and the textured, collage illustrations predominantly in red, black, yellow, and white are striking and vibrant. However, the subject matter and language will be too sophisticated for the intended audience. Japanese words such as hamachi, maguro, and futomaki fill the pages. The board-book format will discourage older readers, although adults may find the book amusing. The last line of text appears on the back of the book, which will lead to processing problems for libraries. This original idea doesn't cut the wasabi.-DeAnn Tabuchi, San Anselmo Public Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Read an Excerpt
I see take-out tekka maki,
kappa maki packed to go.
Temaki-style hand roll with uni urchin roe.
Miso in my sippy cup,
tofu in my bowl.