Zips and Eeloo Make Hummus

Andrews McMeel. (Zips and ­Eeloo: Vol. 1). Feb. 2024. 80p. Tr $11.99. ISBN 9781524884352.
Gr 2-4–Certified “human experts” Zips and Eeloo, who happen to be aliens, have come to our world to tell us all about their favorite human things. In this first volume, they try to teach us all about hummus, but things go off the rails fairly quickly as the two may not know as much about human culture as they let on, mistaking a bowling ball for a bowl and confusing sugar for salt. Overall, it’s certainly a lesson in food literacy, as the two literally go through every step in making the dish, including tricks like pressing the garlic to peel it easier. With the focus so much on the recipe, there’s not much room for story, and the gags mostly revolve around small kitchen mishaps. Colorful, large panels will definitely hold readers’ attentions, while the first-person, “staring directly at the audience” approach gives a modern feel to the piece that constantly breaks the fourth wall, à la Aaron Blabey’s “Bad Guys” series, adding to the humor.
VERDICT A decent start to a series about a silly duo.

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