Hello, friends! Our book today is How To Feed Your Parents, written by Ryan Miller and illustrated by Hatem Aly, a fun flip-flopped tale of a family learning to try new foods.
Matilda Macaroni absolutely loves to try new foods whenever she can, but it’s usually only ever at friends’ or family’s homes. That’s because her parents only eat the things they know they like: chicken nuggets, pizza, hamburgers, grilled cheese, mac & cheese, and sugar cereal. Because of their reluctance to expand their palates, Matilda figures that if she wants to try new foods at home, she will need to cook it herself. Always safely under the supervision of her grandma or babysitter, Matilda devours all the information about cooking and recipes she can, soon mastering some tricky dishes all on her own. Wanting to share her gifts with her picky parents, Matilda plans them a meal, even making one of their go-to favorites with a little Matilda flair. But still, her parents are apprehensive – will they find the courage to try something new?
Very, very cute. Sometimes these role-reversal storylines can get a bit muddled, but this one absolutely works for a lesson in culinary curiosity. The parents’ juvenile attitudes towards food was a little annoying at times, but it’s all for comedic effect, and there’s a nice moment that shows that their love for Matilda and how proud they are of her efforts are why they decide to try something new. It’s a great way of putting younger picky eaters into their parents’ shoes, and quite clever. The illustrations are adorable, displaying both cartoonish wackiness and the genuine warmth of a well-used kitchen. The length is great, JJ loved all the foods, and there’s even a quiche recipe to try in the back. A feast of fun, and Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)