A SUITCASE SURPRISE FOR MOMMY by Cat Cora

A SUITCASE SURPRISE FOR MOMMY

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Age Range: 3 - 5
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Iron Chef and debut children’s author Cora obviously understands the challenges of the working mom. Here she addresses a son’s anxiety when his mother prepares to travel for work. Mommy announces an upcoming trip, and Zoran is upset at the thought of missing her so much. She comes up with an idea: Zoran should choose “something special of [his for her] to take” on her travels so that they may “both feel better.” So begins a search for the perfect item for Mommy to pack. A favorite truck is too big, and a remote-controlled robot is too noisy. Zoran is about to despair when Mommy cheers him up: “…no matter how high I fly or how far away I travel, my heart stays home with you.” This inspires Zoran to choose a sweet picture he drew at school for his Mommy. She assures him she will keep it with her throughout her journey, and all seems amazingly well. Allen successfully depicts the vacillating moods of Zoran as well as the constant loving nature of Mommy with softened bright colors in gouache and pencil. The appeal of this well-intentioned effort is limited to those experiencing a similar situation; others will find little to entertain young readers. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3332-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2011




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Kirkus Interview
Cat Cora
September 16, 2015

Cooking As Fast As I Can is renowned chef Cat Cora’s no-holds-barred memoir on Southern life, Greek heritage, same sex marriage, and the meals that have shaped her memories. Before she became a celebrated chef, Cathy Cora was a girl from Jackson, Mississippi, where days were slow and every meal was made from scratch. Her passion for the kitchen started in her home, where she spent her days internalizing the dishes that would form the cornerstone of her cooking philosophy incorporating her Greek heritage and Southern upbringing—from crispy fried chicken and honey-drenched biscuits to spanakopita. But outside the kitchen, Cora’s life was volatile. Cooking As Fast As I Can chronicles the difficulties and triumphs Cora experienced on the path to becoming a chef. She writes movingly about how she found courage and redemption in the dark truths of her past and about how she found solace in the kitchen and work, how her passion for cooking helped her to overcome hardships and ultimately find happiness at home and became a wife and a mother to four boys. “A disarmingly candid look at the highs, lows, and true grit of a culinary star,” our reviewer writes. View video >

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