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Along the way to becoming a bestselling children's book writer and illustrator, Laura Numroff walked dogs, worked at a jazz radio station, and ran a carousel. She is best known for her popular books If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Give a Moose a Muffin. Ms. Numeroff lives in Los Angeles.
A writer and illustrator with more than a dozen children's books to his credit, Barney Saltzberg is also a composer of music for children. His original songs, such as "Where, Oh, Where's My Underwear?," show the same delightful humor that inspires Two for Stew. A native Californian, Mr. Saltzberg was born and raised in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and two children.
Because the restaurant has no more stew, and the grandmother who makes it is out for the evening, two friends find a different way to enjoy themselves.
The illustrations bop along in sync with the light verse and occasionally expand into full-blown musical sets, complete with a chorus line of dancing chefs. The rhymes and Big Apple setting recall Debra and Sal Barraccas's The Adventures of Taxi Dog (1990), with an airier touch. It's satisfying fare, all except for the microwave ending: Those ravenous would-be diners ignore their hunger pangs to go bowling.