Synopses & Reviews
Leeks who believe a cow is one of Santaandrsquo;s reindeer, carrots who accept an invitation to a party given by rabbits, and a leek and carrot couple whose romance precipitates total vegetable warfare are the hapless protagonists in these satiric, snarky stories. Brief text and wildly funny drawings expertly convey the quirky, madcap humor of author and artist.
When readers tire of comforting bedtime tales they can revel in this trio of darkly funny vegetable comics from a French team making their U.S. debut. In the first leeks in a garden bed fall for a smooth talking cow that convinces them that she is one of Santa’s reindeer. “The leeks don’t believe their ears. Right there smiling at them over their fence is one of Santa’s reindeer!” The cow explains that she is headed home: “If you want I’ll take you with me!” The leeks line up eagerly and the narrator bids them goodbye (“They’ll return from the adventure changed no doubt”) as they march right into the cow’s open mouth. In the second tale the garden’s snarky carrots (“Those leeks are so stupid!”) plot to escape and tunnel into a rabbit warren—oops! In the third Romeo the leek falls in love with Julienne the carrot (get it?) and the leeks and the carrots feud. Vegetables who feud make tasty soup readers learn. While it’s not for the tenderhearted mischief minded children will howl with laughter. Ages 6–9. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
Short tales in graphic novel format describe three adventures in the vegetable garden, none of which ends happilyandmdash;but all of which are wickedly funny.
About the Author
Matthieu Sylvander is the author of eight picture books published in France.andnbsp;The Battle of the Vegetablesandnbsp;is his first USA publication. At his day job, he is a seismologist.
Perceval Barrier has illustrated four picture books published in France. The Battle of the Vegetables is his first USA publication.