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YUM YUM! by Mara Bergman


What Fun!

by Mara Bergman and illustrated by Nick Maland

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-06-168860-7
Publisher: Greenwillow

Katie, James and their little dog Harry are aspiring chefs, but there’s one (or more) too many cooks in this kitchen in this humorous offering. As they bake, the smells waft from the children’s window, and the zoo inhabitants take note. Booming sounds fill the spread as each unusual creature enters the family home unannounced, hiding behind coat racks and lamps. Dual action is hilariously depicted as the cooks begin to fight, oblivious to the unwelcome guests’ antics. The bouncy text repetitively builds to a robust refrain until the zoo’s leading resident enters the room: “EVERYONE saw / who stormed through the window, / rough and ready, / big and heavy, / hairy and just / a little bit scary— / even Katie and James / and their little dog Harry!” Maland’s illustrations innovatively combine watercolors and photocopied drawings, exuding energy through thin, flowing lines; bold perspectives add punch as darker colors pervade the soft backgrounds. The growling giant’s slanted eyes are sheer delight. Sweet with a pinch of spice, this rhyming read-aloud serves up one flavorful treat. (Picture book. 3-6)