Garibaldi's Biscuits

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Wearing pizza buckles on their belts and wielding water balloons, Garibaldi and his army defeat the rascally French, and the world-famous Garibaldi’s biscuits are born! Acclaimed artist Ralph Steadman’s cast of quirky characters and witty cartoons bring this footnote of history to life.

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Overview

Wearing pizza buckles on their belts and wielding water balloons, Garibaldi and his army defeat the rascally French, and the world-famous Garibaldi’s biscuits are born! Acclaimed artist Ralph Steadman’s cast of quirky characters and witty cartoons bring this footnote of history to life.

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The author has created a fictionalized account of the origins of the Gaibaldi and Bourbon biscuits. Guiseppe Garibaldi has returned to his native Italy to fight the Bourbons. When he defeats them, his grandmother makes them biscuits. The story reads like a tall tale, with Garibaldi and his soldiers drawn larger than life. They have several unconventional characteristics, such as using water balloons in battle. The bright illustrations are filled with action and enhance the odd text. Students may need an explanation of the European biscuit. A brief history of Garibaldi's life and the true origins of the biscuits are given at the end. Students may enjoy this quirky and outrageous tale of a hero, or they may just be confused by it. Additional Selection.
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Anglophones and -philes who have wondered about the origins of the Peek Freans Company's Bourbon and Garibaldi Biscuits will be entertained by Steadman's fanciful version of history and enlightened by the (somewhat) straighter dope in his afterword. No sooner, it seems, does the great Garibaldi return to his Italian hometown after many adventures than his grandmother is snatched by hungry French soldiers ("Bourbons") to cook for them. Rousing his red-shirted army-all of whom are armed with water balloons and use pizzas as belt buckles for quick battlefield snacks-Garibaldi charges to the rescue. Undaunted, his grandma takes pity on the vanquished invaders and whips up batches of chocolate and non-chocolate "biscuits" for both sides. The illustrations have a dashed-off, late-Steig-ish look, with awkwardly posed figures placed into scenes depicted with splashes of color and quick, jumbled pen strokes. Though the overall effect is quirky and comical, the snacks and historical references will mean more to young readers on the other side of the pond. Likely a miss on this side, but that's the way the cookie crumbles. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842708606
  • Publisher: Random House UK
  • Publication date: 12/16/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 8.87 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.31 (d)

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