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by Eva Katzler & illustrated by Jess Mikhail

Age Range: 6 - 8

Pub Date: May 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-59990-847-2
Publisher: Bloomsbury

With help from her silent porcine buddy, a young cook concocts picnic treats—some of which are more yummy than feasible.

The six recipes (plus a craft project) may appear at the end, but they’re really the centerpiece of the tale. The lack of apples for Florentine’s Apple and Carrot Muffins with Sunshine Lemon Icing provides a temporary setback, but Pig overcomes it, charging up a tree on a “crunchy apple mission.” That's pretty much it as far as the story goes. A subsequent one-spread whirl of kitchen activity produces a bountiful basketful of snacks, from Cheddar Cheese and Pumpkin Seed Bites and Sticky Red Onion Hummus with Cucumber Dunkers to Homemade Lemonade with Fresh Berry Ice Cubes. The plot is strictly perfunctory, and Mikhail’s mixed-media cartoon scenes of a pop-eyed, frizzy-haired lass and her sweater-clad sidekick add more light than motion to the enterprise. Even more problematically, though most of the directions are clear enough for young novices to follow (with adult help suggested for some steps), the cheese-and–pumpkin-seed mixture is supposed to be cooked in “paper cups” for half an hour (cupcake liners are depicted, but young cooks who don't know better may encounter disaster). Also, the Rainbow Sprinkle Cookie recipe pairs an entire cup of butter to only 11/4 cups of flour, which would yield some very flat, fatty cookies.

A mouthwatering menu, but not much else. (foreword to parents) (Picture book. 6-8)