Books by Norah Dooley

Released: May 1, 2001

A neighborhood celebrates America's birthday by sharing its ethnic dishes in this latest of the Everybody series (Everybody Serves Soup, 2000, etc.). When Carrie hatches the idea of a block party for the Fourth of July, she has no idea of the work it will involve. On the day of the party, she clutches her list as she crosses off each item: tables and chairs, tablecloths, ice cream, and most important, the food her neighbors have made. Fortunately for Carrie, all the dishes contain her favorite—noodles. While the countries of origin are not always mentioned in the storyline, pesto, yellow sesame noodles, Greek orzo salad, macaroni salad, Vietnamese spring rolls with peanut sauce, zaru soba, and kugel are the featured specialties. As Carrie moves through the neighborhood, readers can see through her interactions that the young girl is instrumental in bringing the community together. In fact, though she is disappointed not to be taking part in the talent show, she is pleasantly surprised when she is recognized in this capacity by the organizer of the talent show. Dooley's work is a combination of a celebration of the diversity that makes America unique, and a recipe book. Thornton's illustrations are filled with color and life, and feature the people and places found in his own hometown. Add it to the menu. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 7, 2000

Dooley (Everybody Bakes Bread, 1996, etc.) dishes up another premise for Carrie to eat her way around her multicultural neighborhood. Thornton again offers framed, lifeless illustrations that stick to a predictable text. Today is a snow day at school and Christmas approaches. Carrie is tapped out after buying gifts for everybody except Mom, who always wants "anything that comes from your heart." She hopes to earn money by shoveling snow. But when she helps Tito shovel his walk and steps, he tells her the landlord won't pay, although they can warm up with a bowl of his sister Fendra's Puerto Rican pea soup. Carrie gets the recipe. John has a cold and can't shovel, but his mom offers a cup of Greek lemon-chicken soup and the recipe. And so it goes—recipes pour in along with Mark's mom's corn chowder, Darlene's grandaunt's oxtail soup, and Wendy's mom's miso soup. Recipes, however, don't buy gifts, and at the end of the day Carrie has earned only ten dollars from Dad. That and Mrs. Max's idea are enough to buy Mom's gift—a blank book in which Carrie can write her newfound recipes. Preparing for Hanukkah, Mrs. Max reminds Carrie that "good soup with a friend warms more than the body." The recipes included give readers an opportunity to test that notion in a book more cookery than fiction, more work-a-day than holiday. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 7, 1996

The team behind Everybody Cooks Rice (1991, not reviewed) returns to the same multiethnic neighborhood on a rainy day when everyone is inside baking bread. Carrie and her little brother are fighting, so their mother sends Carrie out to borrow ``a three-handled rolling pin.'' As she makes the rounds of the neighbors' houses on this fool's errand, Carrie samples Barbadian coconut bread, Indian chapatis (readers never see these), Southern cornbread, pita, challah, pupusas, and her own mother's Italian bread. Recipes for all seven breads follow; adult help is required for most. Although the plot is very much driven by the mission—to show bread from various traditions- -and subplots about a planned kickball game or large puddles only pad it out, this is an appealing combination of story and cookbook. (Picture book. 5-10) Read full book review >