Oh, Brother! Said the Mother of Tony Pepperoni

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Tony Pepperoni is fed up with boring dinners. He's had his fill of macaroni and cheese. If nobody else is going to get creative in the kitchen, he'll just have to do it himself. Read along as his family gets a taste of what he's concocting. His uncles are shocked, his brothers can't believe it, his own mother and father recoil in astonishment when they see what this pint-sized pantry raider puts together. Written and illustrated by the entire Naganuma-Galligan family, Sam, 5, Joe, 8, and their parents John ...

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Overview

Tony Pepperoni is fed up with boring dinners. He's had his fill of macaroni and cheese. If nobody else is going to get creative in the kitchen, he'll just have to do it himself. Read along as his family gets a taste of what he's concocting. His uncles are shocked, his brothers can't believe it, his own mother and father recoil in astonishment when they see what this pint-sized pantry raider puts together. Written and illustrated by the entire Naganuma-Galligan family, Sam, 5, Joe, 8, and their parents John Galligan and Jinko Naganuma. Full-color throughout.

Tony Pepperoni decides that he's going to make a break from traditional dinners, and in the end, he finds out that other kids of varying ethnic backgrounds have had enough, too. Together they shake up the culinary world.

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Midwest Book Review
Lively, imaginative and fun, "Oh, Brother!" Said The Mother of Tony Pepperoni is a unique and highly recommended picture book addition for family, school, and community library collections.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Looking for a way to entertain your kids and perhaps nudge them out of their finicky rut? This book might be just the tool.
The Christian Science Monitor
In an age when families are sometimes hard-pressed to share a sit-down meal together, the thought of jointly pursuing any kind of long-term project may seem unrealistic. A family project that takes place over a number of months may not be easy, but it certainly can foster togetherness and creativity, says John Galligan of Madison, Wis.He speaks from experience. Mr. Galligan; his wife, Jinko Naganuma; and their two young sons, Joe and Sam, tackled an unusual family activity - writing and illustrating a children's book about a boy who concocts some kooky foods.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
the story is clever. Tony Pepperoni becomes a hero to a host of other children!
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-There are so many problems with this book that it is hard to know where to begin. Tony Pepperoni doesn't like ordinary food, so his family members suggest weird and wacky concoctions for him. Toward the end of the story, readers are introduced to a cast of characters, including Jos Maria Corn Tortilla and Wan Xai Lychee Pie. The only African-American character is Hilary (Hoss) Barbeque Sauce. The page design seems thrown together and has no continuity, and the book looks like it was written and illustrated by children. Additionally, the rhyming is forced and unimaginative. Skip this one.-Leslie Barban, Richland County Public Library, Columbia, SC Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780970409881
  • Publisher: Big Earth Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Pages: 24
  • Product dimensions: 8.72 (w) x 11.54 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2003

    Library Journal Didn't Read the Book!

    I was dismayed to read the Library Journal's review of 'Oh, Brother!' said the Mother of Tony Pepperoni. It gives an entirely inaccurate review of the book and it is clear that the person who did the review didn't read the book very carefully or the jacket flaps. I think this book is quite imaginative, and I really enjoyed it! I live in Madison, Wisconsin, and I saw the family read from their book and present the story behind it at the local Barnes and Noble recently. The reviewer laments that the book looks like it was written and illustrated by children. Well, the book WAS written and illustrated by the children, Joe and Sam, along with their parents. This was a great exercise in family bonding and creativity. And the character, Tony Pepperoni, is the brilliant kid who takes charge and comes up with ideas for unique food concoctions (good role model); these foods are not suggested by Tony's family members, as the reviewer stated. The matter of only one African American featured in the book is a ridiculous point to make. There is only one Asian and a couple of Hispanic characters, and there is even a green character. It's clear that 'peoples' of many colors are represented. Finally, the 'forced and unimaginative' rhyming is simply not true. When I've read this book to kids, they laugh hysterically and ask what sturgeon roe or hot lunch punch is. These aren't typical rhymes. I think the Library Journal review does not do this book justice. I say skip the review and read the book for yourself!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2003

    EnGROSSing Fun!

    As a 3rd grade teacher I really appreciated this family-created book. "Oh, Brother!" said the Mother of Tony Pepperoni is one of the most sought after books at silent reading. My class is in the process of writing books and it was great to find a read-aloud written and illustrated (at least in part) by children that evokes laughter, oooos and yucks from the kids. Of course they love the rhyme and the gross combinations of food. They also enjoy the idea that the mother and brother are disgusted. On a more serious note, our racially diverse classroom often discusses differences and similarities between people and this book takes this concept and lends a fun twist and in the end, the individual is celebrated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2003

    A perfect family book!

    I had a chance to read an advance copy of "Oh, Brother!" said the Mother of Tony Pepperoni, and I thought it was great. Above and beyond the story, I think the idea behind the book, and the very obvious bonding that occured because of the book is great. I don't know why this wasn't done sooner.

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