Monday, February 7, 2011
Review #85: You Are What You Eat
Isaac (age 12): This book is by Serge Bloch.
Lily (age 7): "You Are What You Eat" is about a boy. He was a bad eater. A picky eater. Not as picky as Gracie though.
Isaac: No one could be as picky as Gracie.
Gracie (age 10): Stop it.
Lily: Hee hee hee...
Isaac: The boy is invited to a friend's house to eat. He's nervous. Because they might make something he doesn't like. But he tries the food, and then he loves it. He even got seconds.
Lily: He learned to eat. But Gracie will never learn to eat. Poor Gracie.
Dad: What is the cool thing about the story?
Gracie: The whole entire writing is made out of puns.
Lily: All these little sayings. Puns. About food.
Dad: And how about the pictures?
Isaac: The pictures! The pictures are not like regular pictures. He takes photographs -- usually pictures of food -- and then he doodles on them so they look really cool. He turns them into stuff.
Gracie: He doodles on the food to make bodies and stuff. He can make a cookie into a head.
Isaac: I think that would be a fun, fun way to make a book. To get to doodle on photographs! I think he must really like his job. This is a fun idea.
Dad: What are your favorite examples from the book?
Gracie: "The apple of my eye." Because the mom looks really pretty... the pretty, pretty mom with a very pretty apple in her eye.
Isaac: I like "Drives me bananas." It's a picture of someone riding in a banana.
Gracie: It's the mom. She's really pretty.
Lily: I like the page that says "You are what you eat." The boy looks really funny with peas for his mouth.
Dad: Can you think of any other food expressions the author didn't use?
Gracie: "Say Cheese!"
Dad: Ahh! There you go! So is that what you are going to do for your fan art picture?
Gracie: Yep! I thought of that idea days ago.
Dad: Awesome. We'll have to look up some food pictures on the internet. Then I'll print them out and you can doodle on them. Sound good?
Dad: This was a pretty short review. But I guess the book doesn't need a ton of explaining.
Gracie: It's just awesome.
Dad: Can anyone summarize the book in a few words? Give me a blurb?
Isaac: I can't think of any right now.
Dad: How about "Expressive expressions."
Isaac: What is that supposed to mean?
Dad: He takes expressions -- common phrases -- and he makes them very expressive. He adds eyes and stuff.
Isaac: I still don't get it.
Dad: How about: "He enfreshens expressions."
Gracie: Does it have to rhyme?
Dad: Aw! "A fresh take on fresh food." How about that?
Isaac: I don't get that one either.
Isaac: Maybe you should just stop.
Author/Illustrator: Serge Bloch
Published, 2010: Sterling
Like it? Here it is