Let’s Taco About How Great You Are

Doubleday. Mar. 2021. 40p. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780593182017.
Gr 1-3–“Don’t let life pasta you by.” In a pun-tastic self-esteem booster, glossy food items—mostly veggies—with dot- or googly-eyed faces pose and cavort on monochrome pages next to conventional but tweaked, typographically loud aphorisms. The wordplay isn’t limited to puns, as Holt offers readers helpful “asparagus tips” like “be yourself” and “please shower,” as well as assurances from a bright yellow citrus fruit that some days are lemons and then, from strips of bacon, that some will leave you “sizzled.” Nonetheless, he avers, it’s always possible to find a “raisin to smile.” Consider this a fruitful side dish to Saxton Freymann’s How Are You Peeling?: Foods with Moods, Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s Little Pea, and a main dish in a “food for thought” story time.
VERDICT The combination of delicious wordplay and nutritious advice adds up to a happy meal for younger librivores.

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