Synopses & Reviews
For fans of The Day the Crayons Quit, Little Pea, or How Are You Peeling?
Whats a little piece of bread to do when hes feeling lonely? Find a friend, of course!
And thats exactly what Peanut Butter tries to do. But sometimes friends are hard to come by, especially when Hamburger has to walk his (hot) dogs, Cupcake is too busy building castles in her sprinkle box, and Egg laughs so hard he starts to crack up! Does Peanut Butter have a soulmate? Young readers will know the answer long before Peanut Butter does and laugh along with each mismatched pairing.
In a story that pairs silliness with poignancy, and friendship with anthropomorphic food, Terry Border, the photography mastermind behind the Bent Objects project, makes a triumphant entrance into the children's book world. Complete with a rhyming refrain, this is sure to be a favorite family read-aloud--and laugh-aloud.
"Photos of scowling oranges and gregarious scallions garnish this garden of delights from the creators of Play with Your Food. The recipe is simple and successful. Freymann and Elffers find a piece of 'expressive produce' and attach two black-eyed peas for eyes. Without further ado, the veggie becomes a face, with a knobby stem or skinny root for a schnozzola; an upended mushroom has a hilarious piglike snout, while a kiwi fruit has a button nose. The animated groceries are exhibited, actual size or larger, against crisp hues of harvest gold, melon green or late-night-sky blue. Their groupings imply close relationships: lemons trade meaningful glances and a little onion cries. Meanwhile, the rhyming text draws comparisons between the emotive plants and its audience when it queries, 'Wired? Tired? Need a kiss?/ Do you know anyone like this?' The plotless and largely superfluous narrative recommends expressing jealousy or affection ('When how you feel is understood,/ you have a friend, and that feels good'). It's a sentiment as healthy as an apple a day, but the book's real charm is derived from the almost-ready-made 'sculptures' as an afterword calls them. This wish-I'd-thought-of-that compendium provides an excellent impetus for a craft session: the ingredients are cheap, and mistakes can be eaten as salad (if artists have the heart). All ages. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Full of whimsical, vibrant, full-color photographs, this fun book depicts different varieties of foods expressing their feelings through facial expressions.
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"Who'd have dreamed that produce could be so expressive, so charming, so lively and so funny?...Freymann and...Elffers have created sweet and feisty little beings with feelings, passions, fears and an emotional range that is, well, organic."-The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Saxton Freyman received his first jacknife on his eighth birthday, which he used right away to carve his very first pumpkin. Years later, he used that same knife to create many of the characters in Play With Your Food, this time with fewer injuries!
Saxton and his wife, Mia, started eeBoo Corporation, which makes really cool, and fun products like growth charts, cookie cutters, and stacking blocks. It was through Mia that Sax learned about Joost Elfer's idea of doing a book on carving veggies. Together, they immediately began working on Play With Your Food and Play With Your Pumpkin.
Joost Elffers began creating books in the early 1970's. Since then he has come up with really fun books full of imagination, like Oragami, Cat's Cradle, and Anamorphoses and the Games of Perspective. In 1978, he created his first fruit characters in Die Radieschen Maus im Kaseloch.
Since Joost is a foreigner, he was not too familiar with the Halloween tradition of carving out jack-o-lanterns. He was surprised to see that Americans never noticed the cute nose pumpkins already have-their stem. With his friend, Saxton Freymann, he started the book Play With Your Food