Rats in the kitchen are not normally a welcome sight, but kids will be delighted to spy the amusing and assuredly appetizing antics of the rodents that star in this comical culinary caper, a tie-in to the new Disney/Pixar film Ratatouille. First seen scampering into a fancy Parisian restaurant, the cheerful rats are introduced in a counting rhyme ("One rat, two rats, three rats, four") as they assemble (and sample) ingredients in the kitchen. After some prep work, the cooking begins-with decidedly delectable results. Reflecting the gourmet fare being prepared, the verse's vocabulary (defined at the back of the book) is quite sophisticated: "Blanch the chestnuts for ragout./ Poach a scallop! Make a roux!/ Whip the cream in copper bowls./ Pile puff pastry for profiteroles." McNamara (the Robin Hill School books) adds dollops of wry humor: as the frantic chefs retrieve a sumptuous concoction from the oven ("All at once-finished, done") one of them frets, "Will the critics just make fun?" The bubbly rhymes trip off the tongue, but the real pièce de resistance here is the energetic art by Pixar artist Wragg, a first-time picture book illustrator. At his clever hand, the comically expressive, toque-wearing rats execute gastronomic moves that kids will relish-and return to devour again. Ages 3-7. (June)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Too Many Cooksby Margaret McNamara, Nate Wragg
Beat the egg whites into froth. Will too many cooks spoil the broth? Find out in this delightful picture book starring Remy, Emile, and the rest of the stars of Disney/Pixar's next blockbuster, Ratatouille. As the adorable rats join the cooking party one by one, the kitchen grown more and more chaotic. Will Remy and his friends be able to please Ego, the toughtest food critic in the world? With lilting rhyme and whimsical illustrations, this picture book is brimming with five-star fun!
Meet the Author
Margaret McNamara is the award-winning author of the popular Robin Hill School books. She is also the author of How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?, with pictures by Brian Karas, which will be published in fall 2007. An avid cook and a longtime children's book editor, Ms. McNamara lives in New York City.
Nate Wragg was born and raised in the small town of Davis, California. Growing up watching cartoons and drawing every day, he knew from a young age that he wanted to work in animation. So he moved down south to Los Angeles to study animation and design at Cal Arts. He is currently a sketch artist at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California. This is his first picture book.
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