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Comedian and Tonight Show host Jay Leno beefs up his repertoire with this meaty story in book-and-CD format.
Enhanced with S. B. Whitehead's hilarious illustrations of a young, 1950s-era Leno with slicked-back hair and rolled-up pant legs, the book begins with the famous comic’s amusing reminiscences about his colorful family -- particularly his Italian-American dad, who decides one summer to build “the greatest barbecue ever!" After an over-the-top trip to Hardware Supermax for a heap of new patio materials, construction ensues ("This is what it must have been like to watch the building of the pyramids of Egypt!"), and the family holds a big end-of-summer barbecue blast to celebrate its completion. At the party, little Jay catches a whiff of the succulent roast beef and performs a sneaky trick to get a taste. Unfortunately the trick backfires, resulting in the flying roast of the story’s title and upsetting everyone except family dog! However, all is not lost, and the party is saved by ”more than four hundred pounds of cole slaw, eight tons of macaroni, and all the salad you can eat!"
Whitehead's illustrations are loaded with witty visual extras, while the CD of Leno reading his summery tale adds an entertaining dimension. Here’s a chuckler that can proudly stand alongside picture books by comedians Jerry Seinfeld (Halloween) and Carl Reiner (Tell Me a Scary Story...but Not TOO Scary!). Shana Taylor