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A Moose Boosh: A Few Choice Words about Food
Contributor(s): Larkin, Eric-Shabazz (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0983661553     ISBN-13: 9780983661559
Publisher: Readers to Eaters
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Binding Type: Paperback
Published: October 2014
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Annotation: Presents a collection of children's poems about growing, making, eating, and sharing food.
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BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Cooking & Food
Dewey: 811.6
LCCN: 2014944375
Age Level: 10-UP
Grade Level: 5-UP
Physical Information: 0.4" H x 6" W x 8.4" (0.45 lbs) 96 pages
 
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Contributor Bio(s):
Eric-Shabazz Larkin didn't discover he had a graffiti artist inside of him until he drew the city skyline on the wall of his childhood home in Virginia. He made his picture-book illustration debut with Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table, an American Library Association Notable Book. A Moose Boosh marks his author-illustrator debut. He lives in New York City.


Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 September #2)

In his first book as both author and artist, Larkin assembles more than 40 food-themed poems that range from the political to the personal, pairing them with photographs that have digital doodles superimposed on them. Several poems take aim at urban food deserts, fast food, or modified food: a riff on Dr. Seuss is titled "Would You Eat Green Eggs with Dye," while another entry reads, "f the corn is born in a lab/ instead of on crop land,/ and raised by lab coats/ instead of farm hands,/ is it corn at all?" (opposite the poem, an ear of corn is shown surrounded by mathematical equations and gobbledygook). But Larkin doesn't ignore the sillier or joyful side of food, either ("Sometimes.../ Chicken tastes/ sooo good, you may/ think that they are magical," opens one poem), and his sometimes whimsical, sometimes provocative artwork gives the poems added dimension and depth. Ages 10–up. (Oct.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 October)

Gr 3 Up—Larkin presents more than 40 tasty, food-inspired poems written in the spirit of an amuse-bouche, or small appetizer offered by the chef before a meal, in this fun and innovative collection. Varied in style and tone—much like food itself—the witty, quirky poems take on many different topics. "A Desk Is Not a Dinner Table" pushes readers to consider the value in making time for a quality meal, while "Secret Meat," "Ashley Won't Eat It If She Can't Spell It," and "Food Doesn't Grow in Packages" will spark dialogue about where food comes from, who touches it along its journey, and what artificial elements it contains. The design is inspired, from the table of contents, which resembles a menu, to the photographs, which have been "vandalized" by Larkin with graffiti art, whimsically bringing each poem to life and giving it a voice (for instance, "Do It for Dr. King" is accompanied by a lush photograph of a spoonful of green peas, with a superimposed sketch of Martin Luther King Jr.). The author's note offers a sweet, journal-like description of how this title came to be written, designed in a variety of handwriting-esque fonts. Pair this collection with texts on urban farming, cooking, and the origins of foods, such as Hadley Dyer's Potatoes on Rooftops: Farming in the City (Annick, 2012) and, for younger readers, Jacqueline Briggs Martin's Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious (Readers to Eaters, 2014) and Gerda Muller's How Does My Garden Grow? (Floris, 2014). This is a charming and original book that should start some quality conversation about food.—Andy Plemmons, David C. Barrow Elementary, Athens, GA

[Page 131]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
 
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