Fourteen renowned author/illustrators share musings about their favorite foods.
In this follow-up to What’s Your Favorite Color (2017), a variety of children’s-book creators present one double-page spread each about their favorite meal, snack, or dessert. Each is done in the artist’s characteristic style, from Dan Santat’s close attention to detail to Isabelle Arsenault’s painterly presentation. The text varies significantly as well. Some entries are brief, like Misa Saburi’s entry on strawberry daifuku: “Mochi stuffed with / sweet azuki paste / and a fresh strawberry / is quite magical!” Others are more informative, like Eric Carle’s opening description of tannen honig, or pine honey, and some are funny, like Laurie Keller’s assertion that French fries come from the sun. Greg Pizzoli inserts a sly admonition to vegetarianism, saying that “what I like most of all / is that nothing in my bowl / had parents.” The final two pages show photographs of the authors (majority white and also majority women) as children with their biographies. While this collection is enjoyable enough, it remains to be seen whether children will be curious enough about the topic (especially given children’s general lack of name recognition) to warrant rereading.
Good for young audiences and their grown-ups looking for something quick, enjoyable, but not too filling. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)