Tyler Makes Spaghetti!

Tyler Makes Spaghetti!

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by Tyler Florence, Craig Frazier
     
 

Tyler is ready for spaghetti!

So is his dog, Tofu, especially if there are meatballs involved. Tyler loves spaghetti and meatballs so much he wants to make it for his family. But how? Chef Lorenzo to the rescue! Together, Tyler and Chef discover that sometimes pasta comes in a box and tomato sauce comes in a jar, but with the help of pasta capes, basil mustaches,

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Overview

Tyler is ready for spaghetti!

So is his dog, Tofu, especially if there are meatballs involved. Tyler loves spaghetti and meatballs so much he wants to make it for his family. But how? Chef Lorenzo to the rescue! Together, Tyler and Chef discover that sometimes pasta comes in a box and tomato sauce comes in a jar, but with the help of pasta capes, basil mustaches, and a wonderful ingredient with the nickname "stinking roses," it's not only much more fun to make everything yourself—it's magnifico!

They showed you everything you want to know about breakfast in Tyler Makes Pancakes! Now let Tyler Florence and Craig Frazier take you on a trip around the world of everybody's favorite pasta. Then make Chef Florence's special recipe for spaghetti and meatballs and you'll see that, while the best ingredients come from all over, the best place to eat them is right at home with the people you love.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Veronica Bartles
In this follow up to Tyler Makes Pancakes, Florence walks aspiring chefs through the exciting process of creating the popular evening meal, spaghetti and meatballs. Tyler and his dog, Tofu, join Chef Florence in an imaginary journey around the world to discover the ingredients that make this meal delicious. Readers will discover the process by which olive oil is made and learn how to find the best tomatoes. Back matter provides aspiring chefs with more interesting facts about the various ingredients that make this meal, as well as recipes, so they can create their own delicious spaghetti and meatballs. Frazier’s colorful, yet simple illustrations are the highlight of the book, bringing a touch of whimsy to an otherwise straightforward narrative. A good addition to classroom and school libraries, this book provides a great jumping-off point for talking about nutrition and the ingredients that make up the foods we love. Fans of Florence’s Food Network programs and aspiring young chefs are sure to enjoy following Tyler and Chef Florence as they prepare dinner for the family. Reviewer: Veronica Bartles; Ages 5 up.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Young Tyler and his family eat at an Italian restaurant and are greeted by Chef Lorenzo: "Buon giorno. Welcome back!" He mentions that he could use some help the next day with making spaghetti and meatballs, Tyler's favorite dish. The boy and his dog, Tofu, get a lesson in making pasta from scratch and go with Chef to a farm to pick tomatoes and basil. They pick onions and garlic as well, and even olives from a tree. The cheese is picked off a shelf. Back in the kitchen they prepare meatballs, and the pup manages to get a bowlful for himself. Tyler heads for home with instructions and supplies in hand, and he and his father make dinner. When the family sits down to eat, there's a surprise guest: Chef Lorenzo. The cartoon illustrations are drawn in pen-and-ink and colored digitally. The pictures are simple and have very little background, and Tyler has an oversize head. Back matter includes a recipe and a little more explanation about the ingredients. The celebrity name on the cover will carry this one.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
Florence and Frazier are back (Tyler Makes Pancakes!, 2012), this time with dinner as young Tyler learns about spaghetti--how to cook it and where its ingredients come from--in this masterfully illustrated story. When Chef Lorenzo asks Tyler for help making spaghetti and meatballs, the burgeoning cook can't wait to begin. Together they take an imaginary adventure to pick tomatoes from the vine, unearth onions, visit olive groves and witness the pressing process. Even cheese-making, from cow to curds and curing, is seen. But the author conveniently evades any explanation of the origin of the meatballs, which are presented pre-made. Ingredients assembled, the industrious Tyler creates a delicious dinner for his family, with each step of the cooking process described. Sadly, the text is labored, despite the author's best intentions of connecting readers to food, land, and the people that create and care for both. However, Frazier's strong pictorial narrative carries the day. As always, he exhibits exemplary skill at creating deceivingly simple illustrations with his exceptional ability to edit. The characters, often appearing as stick figures, are incredibly expressive, and the silhouettes offer both depth and insights into the text. Florence's purpose is clear: "Good food can save the day!" A worthy message, drawn perfectly by Frazier, whose illustrations could work without the words. (recipe, additional information) (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062047564
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/23/2013
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
625,495
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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