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YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT by Serge Bloch

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

And Other Mealtime Hazards

By Serge Bloch (Author) , Serge Bloch (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 9

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4027-7130-9
Publisher: Sterling

Food-related idioms are imagined literally when a picky eater rejects his family's attempts to broaden his horizons. "Dad said that my goose would be cooked if I ate macaroni for every meal." He finally partakes of tofu dogs with his friend's enthusiastic endorsement and subsequently learns the joy of healthy eating. Figures of speech strung together form this loosely spun narrative, which occasionally results in rather un-kidlike dialogue: “Oliver told me I was as nutty as a fruitcake if I didn't love his mother's cooking.” Crisp photographs combine with nimble pen-and-ink sketches to provide a literal interpretation for each figurative expression, whether the child must eat [his] words or grows tail feathers when his sister asks if he chickened out. Splashes of glossy color pop dramatically against all-white backgrounds, and the child's needle-nosed dog provides an engaging sidekick and extra visual interest. There may not be a lot of food for thought in this offbeat offering, but the child’s journey into nutritious eating proves a deliciously funny ride. (Picture book. 6-9)