A solid cookbook emphasizing the skills kids will need to be successful in the kitchen and a range of recipes that will...




From the Super Skills series

A spiral-bound cookbook teaches solid cooking skills and presents recipes to practice those skills.

Ten essential cooking skills—using knives; peeling and grating; crushing and juicing; mashing and puréeing; frying, sautéing, and browning; boiling, steaming, and poaching; grilling, roasting, and baking; making sweet and savory sauces; beating, whipping, and whisking; mixing, folding, and kneading—are interspersed throughout the cookbook, each recipe referencing the skills needed to make it and what page they can be found on. The recipes themselves are well laid out, each with a list of ingredients, a visual list of the equipment needed, and numbered steps that are easy to follow. Quick Tip… boxes give further instructions, and Try This! boxes offer some alternative ways to prepare the dishes. Each skill is followed by two to four recipes that feature that skill (and usually others as well), and these are a nice mix of dishes, from snacks and appetizers and drinks to main courses, desserts, and breads. The section on using knives, for example, has kids making tomato sauce for pasta, minestrone soup, a veggie platter, and a fruit salad. Other recipes include French toast, cheese omelets, chicken satay, carrot and pecan muffins, steamed Asian dumplings, fish sticks, and key lime pie.

A solid cookbook emphasizing the skills kids will need to be successful in the kitchen and a range of recipes that will entice them to try new things. (table of contents, glossary, index) (Cookbook. 8-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-63322-039-3

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Quarto

Review Posted Online: Oct. 6, 2015

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A rich source of terrors both real and manufactured, equally effective in broad daylight or beneath the bedcovers.



A compendium of paranormal doings, natural horrors, and eerie wonders worldwide and (in several senses) beyond.

Maladroit title aside (“…in Bed” would make more sense, cautionwise), this collection of hauntings, cryptids, natural and historical mysteries, and general titillation (“Vampire bats might be coming for you!”) offers a broad array of reasons to stay wide awake. Arranged in no discernible order the 60-plus entries include ghostly sightings in the White House and various castles, body-burrowing guinea worms, the Nazca lines of Peru, Mothman and Nessie, the hastily abandoned city of Pripyat (which, thanks to the Chernobyl disaster, may be habitable again…in 24,000 years), monarch-butterfly migrations, and diverse rains of fish, frogs, fireballs, and unidentified slime. Each is presented in a busy whirl of narrative blocks, photos, graphics, side comments, and arbitrary “Fright-O-Meter” ratings (Paris’ “Creepy Catacombs” earn just a “4” out of 10 and black holes a “3,” but the aforementioned aerial amphibians a full “10”). The headers tend toward the lurid: “Jelly From Space,” “Zombie Ants,” “Mongolian Death Worm.” Claybourne sprinkles multiple-choice pop quizzes throughout for changes of pace.

A rich source of terrors both real and manufactured, equally effective in broad daylight or beneath the bedcovers. (Nonfiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4263-2841-1

Page Count: 144

Publisher: National Geographic

Review Posted Online: May 15, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2017

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In a large, handsome format, Tarnowska offers six tales plus an abbreviated version of the frame story, retold in formal but contemporary language and sandwiched between a note on the Nights’ place in her childhood in Lebanon and a page of glossary and source notes. Rather than preserve the traditional embedded structure and cliffhanger cutoffs, she keeps each story discrete and tones down the sex and violence. This structure begs the question of why Shahriyar lets Shahrazade [sic] live if she tells each evening’s tale complete, but it serves to simplify the reading for those who want just one tale at a time. Only the opener, “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp,” is likely to be familiar to young readers; in others a prince learns to control a flying “Ebony Horse” by “twiddling” its ears, contending djinn argue whether “Prince Kamar el Zaman [or] Princess Boudour” is the more beautiful (the prince wins) and in a Cinderella tale a “Diamond Anklet” subs for the glass slipper. Hénaff’s stylized scenes of domed cityscapes and turbaned figures add properly whimsical visual notes to this short but animated gathering. (Folktales. 10-12)


Pub Date: Dec. 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-84686-122-2

Page Count: 128

Publisher: Barefoot

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2010

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