So much more than your typical kids’ cookbook!

McCluskey’s cookbook offers kid-friendly recipes while providing a glimpse into the Inuit way of life.

Inspired by a kids’ after-school class the author leads in Apex, Nunavut, this cookbook is suited for use at home or in a group environment. While the direct audience is Inuit communities, any child who loves pizza or meatballs will enjoy learning and cooking from it. Each recipe aims to teach basic kitchen skills such as measuring ingredients, cracking eggs, and dicing vegetables, and little cooks will find the simple recipes easy to follow. Sugar cookies require only seven ingredients and are ready in nine easy steps. Certain recipes highlight Indigenous ingredients like caribou, musk ox, and seal meat. Readers below the Arctic regions need not worry—there are always store-bought substitutions. Palaugos—hot dogs or sausages wrapped in traditional Inuit palaugaaq (bannock)—is one recipe children will devour. Additionally, many recipes offer examples on community involvement. Cookies and muffins can be served at school events; the mini-quiche recipe can be timed with egg-gathering season in Nunavut or World Egg Day. Full-page photographs and a well-organized layout make the cookbook fun and easy to use. Backmatter offers practical steps to setting up a cooking club, from finding funding to developing a weekly schedule and community involvement, plus a glossary of Inuktitut terms.

So much more than your typical kids’ cookbook! (Nonfiction. 4-8)

Pub Date: April 28, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-77227-255-0

Page Count: 60

Publisher: Inhabit Media

Review Posted Online: Feb. 29, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2020


From the Professor Astro Cat series

Energetic enough to carry younger rocketeers off the launch pad if not into a very high orbit.

The bubble-helmeted feline explains what rockets do and the role they have played in sending people (and animals) into space.

Addressing a somewhat younger audience than in previous outings (Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space, 2013, etc.), Astro Cat dispenses with all but a light shower of “factoroids” to describe how rockets work. A highly selective “History of Space Travel” follows—beginning with a crew of fruit flies sent aloft in 1947, later the dog Laika (her dismal fate left unmentioned), and the human Yuri Gagarin. Then it’s on to Apollo 11 in 1969; the space shuttles Discovery, Columbia, and Challenger (the fates of the latter two likewise elided); the promise of NASA’s next-gen Orion and the Space Launch System; and finally vague closing references to other rockets in the works for local tourism and, eventually, interstellar travel. In the illustrations the spacesuited professor, joined by a mouse and cat in similar dress, do little except float in space and point at things. Still, the art has a stylish retro look, and portraits of Sally Ride and Guion Bluford diversify an otherwise all-white, all-male astronaut corps posing heroically or riding blocky, geometric spacecraft across starry reaches.

Energetic enough to carry younger rocketeers off the launch pad if not into a very high orbit. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 4, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-911171-55-3

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Flying Eye Books

Review Posted Online: July 15, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2018


A broad, if hardly more than skin-deep, introduction to the topic.

Four double-foldout spreads literally extend this first gander at our body’s insides and outsides—to jumbo, if not quite life, size.

Labels, basic facts, and one-sentence comments surround full-length cartoon images of the skeleton, musculature, and major sections of the body on the foldouts. Selected parts from the brain on down to blood cells are covered on the leaves in between. Lacey dishes out explanations of major body systems and processes in resolutely nontechnical language: “When you eat, food goes on a long twisty journey, zigzagging through tubes and turning into a soupy mush for your body to use.” It’s lightly spiced with observations that, for instance, the “gluteus maximus” is the largest muscle or the spine is made up of “vertebrae.” So light is the once-over, however, that the lymphatic, renal, and most of the endocrine systems escape notice (kidneys, where are you?). Moreover, though printed on durable card stock, the foldouts make for unwieldy handling, and on some pages, images are so scattered that successive stages of various processes require numbering. Still, Web links on the publisher’s page will presumably help to cover the gaps (unavailable for review). An overview of human development from fertilization to adulthood precedes a closing flurry of height extremes and other “Amazing body facts” that provide proper closure for this elementary survey.

A broad, if hardly more than skin-deep, introduction to the topic. (Nonfiction. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-7945-3596-4

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Usborne

Review Posted Online: Nov. 2, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2015

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