You Are the Pea, and I Am the Carrot

You Are the Pea, and I Am the Carrot

by J. Theron Elkins, Pascal Lemaitre
     
 

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We belong together. Combined, we make a dish. We’re made for one another, ’Cause together we’re delish. Some things in life are made for each other: peanut butter and jelly, pancakes and syrup, hot dogs and relish . . . and two best friends who together create the ultimate recipe for friendship! Sweet, rhyming text and sidesplitting

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We belong together. Combined, we make a dish. We’re made for one another, ’Cause together we’re delish. Some things in life are made for each other: peanut butter and jelly, pancakes and syrup, hot dogs and relish . . . and two best friends who together create the ultimate recipe for friendship! Sweet, rhyming text and sidesplitting illustrations welcome young readers into a whimsical world of tasty combinations and tender sentiments and make them hungry for another read. Perfect for friends of any age, You Are the Pea, and I Am the Carrot is a delicious gift for the one you love.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/30/2013
Debut author Elkins hits the collaborator jackpot with veteran cartoonist and master of sly visual humor Lemaitre, who takes a catalogue of cute but unsurprising rhymes about food and friendship and turns them into a showcase of inventive foodie anthropomorphism and sweet silliness. For “You are the dog, and I am the relish,” Lemaitre imagines the hot dog as a glamorous celebrity descending a staircase, with the relish acting as a coif worthy of Lady Gaga. Elsewhere, bread and butter slow dance to a gramophone (“I am the butter, and you are the bread”), and the pairing of “Sunny-side eggs with Canadian ham” inspires a Northwoods scene, with the eggs’ bright yellow yolks serving as eyes mooning over the canoe-paddling, lumberjack-outfitted bacon. Every vignette is worth at least a giggle, usually an “Awww,” and, in one instance, a book of its own: What’s the story behind the tearful reunion of macaroni and a cheese wedge on the landscape of an alien world? Ages 3–7. Author’s agent: Becky Amster, Becky Amster Literary Enterprises. Illustrator’s agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (Nov.)
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
PreS-Gr 3—In this debut picture book, a boy and girl reflect on a long list of foods that belong together: peas and carrots, macaroni and cheese, bread and butter, and extend the concept to themselves. "We belong together./Mouthwatering are we./We complement each other./We're the perfect recipe." The concept is sound, celebrating the love between friends or family members, but the execution falls flat on several levels. The rhyme scheme is forced, causing the abbreviation of "marshmallows" to "'mallows" and "flapjacks" to "'jacks," and an awkward verse ends the story. "And I am the salsa to your chip./'Cause we will always belong together/And will never-ever-ever-be split!" The cartoon illustrations, pencil with computer-added color, are engaging on some pages but slightly off on others, featuring green-colored sweet tea and a large pink marshmallow. The age of the characters depicted also seems somewhat ambiguous, making it unclear if they are youngsters playing together or teens on a date.—Martha Link Yesowitch, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NC
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-01
This slight, rhyming ode—from one mate to another—employs food pairings as metaphors for the couple's synchronous relationship, an odd subject for a children's book. "You are the pea, / And I am the carrot. // I am the butter, and you are the bread. / Warm fried chicken served with mashed potatoes, // Zesty dressing on a cold lettuce bed." Four additional quatrains sling similar imagery, sandwiched between four-line choruses like "We belong together. / We're such a tasty sweet. / We're yummy, scrumptious morsels. / We're the perfect little treat." Awkward elision is sometimes deployed for the sake of scansion: " 'mallows" and " 'jacks" are a bit bewildering without their respective "marsh" and "flap." Lemaitre's pale, digitally colored drawings stage the personified food duos in whimsical, cartoonish settings: Blueberries dive into a cup of yogurt under a circus tent; a funnel cake skis down a hill of powdered sugar. The girl and boy (both Caucasian) are depicted with enough ambiguity that readers can, by preference, interpret them as adults, teens or kids. While some pictorial details amuse, the green tint of "a glass of sweet tea" strikes a slightly discordant note. The verse verges on doggerel. The text's springboard is a cherished, symbiotic adult relationship (as Elkins' dedication attests), which is lovely—but this sugarcoated attempt to render it palatable to children falls as flat as a 'jack. A few funny visuals fail to redeem a saccharine premise. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781613125359
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
11/05/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

J. Theron Elkins is a first-time picture book author who loves spending time with his family and believes that each member is an essential “ingredient.” He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas. Pascal Lemaitre is the illustrator of Always by Alison McGhee. His editorial work has appeared in the New Yorker. He is based in Belgium, the kingdom of good food and Magritte.

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