Food Fight!

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With all the energy of a suddenly opened, well-shaken can of soda, the poet Carol Diggory Shields imaginatively creates a universe of food with a mind of its own. The claymation food by Doreen Gay-Kassel looks almost too fabulous to eat!

Late one night, the salad greens declare "Lettuce have a party!" and food emerges from cabinets and cupboards to join in, until the tuna fish band tells garlic it stinks and things start to go bad. ...

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Overview

With all the energy of a suddenly opened, well-shaken can of soda, the poet Carol Diggory Shields imaginatively creates a universe of food with a mind of its own. The claymation food by Doreen Gay-Kassel looks almost too fabulous to eat!

Late one night, the salad greens declare "Lettuce have a party!" and food emerges from cabinets and cupboards to join in, until the tuna fish band tells garlic it stinks and things start to go bad.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Young readers will find Shields's (The Bugliest Bug, reviewed March 11) tongue-in-cheek food jokes irresistible in this outlandish story about the nighttime activities of the denizens of a refrigerator. When the salad greens say, Lettuce have a party! the ensuing chaos leads to a colossal kitchen food fight. The almonds acted nutty, the pretzels did a twist, the Swiss cheese yodeled when the chocolates kissed. When the macaroni elbow[s] in and the rice get[s] steamed, the ice cubes yell, Chill out, you guys! until the policemen-like spuds emerge from the potato drawer to enforce order. Only the tawny house cat witnesses the whole show, and laps up the last of the spilled milk. Gay-Kassel's (Princess Bella and the Red Velvet Hat) molded clay characters, appearing against bright two-tone backgrounds that simulate spills, wear dramatic expressions and strike comical poses that make the most of their attributes (e.g., an angry soup container's handles contribute to a hands-on-hips stance). The design and typeface grows cluttered as the chaos escalates; the text loops around, spotlighted or shadowed in various colors, and the dialogue appears in red and yellow speech bubbles. Readers' appetite for Shields's delicious puns will keep them glued to the food frenzy, and laughing at the image of the battalion of spuds keeping the groceries in line. Ages 3-7. (June) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Eye-popping illustrations and puns galore relate the story of what happened in the kitchen when everyone in the house was sleeping. "`Lettuce have a party!' said the salad greens-. The coffee perked up and the beets started thumping,/The bread made a toast and the jello was jumping." When the tuna fish told the garlic, "You stink," the "chili pepper got red-hot mad" and the rumble was on. A food fight ensued until the Idaho potatoes eyed the disturbance and brought the situation under control. The humorous rhyming text, which dips and swirls over vividly colored backgrounds, begs to be read aloud. Amazing modeling clay artwork shows great skill and depicts a wide variety of expressions on the anthropomorphic food. Flowing words and bright colors infuse the story with energy and whimsy to spare.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Upstairs, the people of the house are sleeping; downstairs, the residents of the refrigerator are ready to party hearty in this pun-tastical midnight ramble. " 'Lettuce have a party!' " say the salad greens and everyone cuts loose: "the almonds acted nutty, the pretzels did a twist, the Swiss cheese yodeled when the chocolate kissed . . . " But things quickly get out of hand, and soon the hot dogs are barking, the noodles are calling the soup "Chicken," and all are roaring, "FOOD FIGHT! FOOD FIGHT! IT'S A FOOD FIGHT! WE'RE GONNA MIX IT UP AND FIGHT ALL NIGHT!" Displaying an amazing facility with modeling clay, Gay-Kassel puts tiny but expressive faces on realistically detailed, brightly colored edibles, which are then strewn-as are streaming lines of text-with gay abandon across vividly tinted backgrounds. Eventually the hullabaloo brings out a corps of stern-faced spuds who organize a clean-up detail, just in time for morning. It's the biggest, freshest, and funniest array of groceries since Freymann & Elffers's How Are You Peeling? (1999). (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929766291
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 1 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 12.50 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Diggory Shields is a poet, a humorist, and a librarian -- the perfect qualifications for reducing immense bodies of knowledge into a very few lines of extremely funny verse. Grateful teachers and students can direct fan letters to her in Salinas, Cal

Doreen Gay-Kassel Though she has been extensively published, this is the first time she has applied her talent for creating clay sculptures to a picture book. She lives in New Jersey.

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  • Posted May 10, 2009

    Fun Book!

    We bought this book at the suggestion of my sister (also a mother of a preschooler), and our daughter loves it! The story is cute, it's fun to read, and the pictures are really neat! We read this one again and again...

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  • Posted November 20, 2008

    Colorful, animated fun!

    We received this book as a gift and my four year daughter has memorized it and reads it to me every night be fore bed! The font size, style and colors make it fun to read and the pictures are wonderful! It's like claymation in a book. Clever and enjoyable for a parent to read (especially for a book you have to read 100 times or more). Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2008

    THE BEST BOOK

    Food Fight is one of the best children's books I have ever read. It was an instant classic with my son from the very first time we borrowed it from our local library & was the first book my son ever 'read' by himself!!

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