Mealtime never looked so horrifying.

LITTLE KITCHEN OF HORRORS

HIDEOUSLY DELICIOUS RECIPES THAT DISGUST AND DELIGHT

Simple steps, nasty names, and sickening setups transform everyday foods into disgusting dishes that will leave diners grossed out but hungry for more.

A blender transforms ingredients including spinach, bananas, and yogurt into Snot Smoothies. Cake pops are transformed into eyeballs, hot dogs become writhing worms, and kale is baked into Charred Zombie-Skin Crisps. Some recipes, such as Big Ol’ Bowl of Snot (lime gelatin with pineapple chunks and raisins) and Cat Litter Cake (crumbled cake with Tootsie Rolls), might make even the heartiest eaters lose their appetites. Others—Creature-in-My-Pot Pie and Mummy Dogs (hotdogs wrapped in refrigerated dough), for instance—are more silly than scary. Disappointingly, calling graham crackers with marshmallows and raspberry jam Used Bandage Delights or burgers topped with rice Maggot Burgers cannot transform easily recognizable ingredients. But these duds are few. Many recipes call for animal products, but tips suggest substituting almond milk for dairy and using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. Ingredients are available from most any well-stocked grocery store, and many recipes require little to no cooking, relying on ready-to-eat products. Each recipe includes photographs of well-staged dishes as well as step-by-step instructions that make frightening foods accessible for even young chefs. The occasional children photographed are diverse both racially and in age. Safety tips, substitutions, and ways to personalize the recipes are included in the more than 50 barfworthy recipes.

Mealtime never looked so horrifying. (Nonfiction. 6-12)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5124-4894-8

Page Count: 156

Publisher: Lerner

Review Posted Online: May 28, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2018

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A lovely encouragement to young writers to persist.

HOW TO WRITE A STORY

This follow-up to How To Read a Story (2005) shows a child going through the steps of creating a story, from choosing an idea through sharing with friends.

A young black child lies in a grassy field writing in a journal, working on “Step 1 / Search for an Idea— / a shiny one.” During a walk to the library, various ideas float in colorful thought bubbles, with exclamation points: “playing soccer! / dogs!” Inside the library, less-distinct ideas, expressed as shapes and pictures, with question marks, float about as the writer collects ideas to choose from. The young writer must then choose a setting, a main character, and a problem for that protagonist. Plotting, writing with detail, and revising are described in child-friendly terms and shown visually, in the form of lists and notes on faux pieces of paper. Finally, the writer sits in the same field, in a new season, sharing the story with friends. The illustrations feature the child’s writing and drawing as well as images of imagined events from the book in progress bursting off the page. The child’s main character is an adventurous mermaid who looks just like the child, complete with afro-puff pigtails, representing an affirming message about writing oneself into the world. The child’s family, depicted as black, moves in the background of the setting, which is also populated by a multiracial cast.

A lovely encouragement to young writers to persist. (Informational picture book. 6-10)

Pub Date: July 7, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-4521-5666-8

Page Count: 36

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Review Posted Online: March 29, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2020

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A rich source of terrors both real and manufactured, equally effective in broad daylight or beneath the bedcovers.

DON'T READ THIS BOOK BEFORE BED

THRILLS, CHILLS, AND HAUNTINGLY TRUE STORIES

A compendium of paranormal doings, natural horrors, and eerie wonders worldwide and (in several senses) beyond.

Maladroit title aside (“…in Bed” would make more sense, cautionwise), this collection of hauntings, cryptids, natural and historical mysteries, and general titillation (“Vampire bats might be coming for you!”) offers a broad array of reasons to stay wide awake. Arranged in no discernible order the 60-plus entries include ghostly sightings in the White House and various castles, body-burrowing guinea worms, the Nazca lines of Peru, Mothman and Nessie, the hastily abandoned city of Pripyat (which, thanks to the Chernobyl disaster, may be habitable again…in 24,000 years), monarch-butterfly migrations, and diverse rains of fish, frogs, fireballs, and unidentified slime. Each is presented in a busy whirl of narrative blocks, photos, graphics, side comments, and arbitrary “Fright-O-Meter” ratings (Paris’ “Creepy Catacombs” earn just a “4” out of 10 and black holes a “3,” but the aforementioned aerial amphibians a full “10”). The headers tend toward the lurid: “Jelly From Space,” “Zombie Ants,” “Mongolian Death Worm.” Claybourne sprinkles multiple-choice pop quizzes throughout for changes of pace.

A rich source of terrors both real and manufactured, equally effective in broad daylight or beneath the bedcovers. (Nonfiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4263-2841-1

Page Count: 144

Publisher: National Geographic

Review Posted Online: May 15, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2017

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