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Thursday 26 May 2011

Review: All About Food

It’s so hard to believe this wonderful series of books from Gecko Press are newbies, and not some long lost relic of a delicious retro past. From its creamy almost ‘aged’ pages to its smile-enducing 70s images, this is a book that both parents and kids will tussle over. My 8-year-old football-loving son and his football-hating 10-year-old sister and their non-football-loving mother equally adore it, all three.

Opening All About Food is like opening the fridge and finding a supermarket of scrumptious things inside. We start by learning that we all must eat in order to live. If we don’t eat, we run out of fuel, just like a car.

We also learn about which foods are good, which put holes in your teeth, how to balance intake (donuts) with output (jogging) and the idiosyncrasies of people’s taste preferences. Adorable diagrams like the tongue with the varying taste receptors, are intriguing as well as educational.

The book also includes historical facts, the story of milk, eating in other countries, food groups, balanced meals, recipes and quizzes and much more – a supermarket of variety and freshness, that’s also high on entertainment value.

This is a book filled with quirky adorable cartoons, stacks of facts and pots of wit, and - given the current state of many a Western child’s diet - I would say All About Food is a must-have manual for any home containing kids.

Love it.

Title: All About Food
Author: Michèle Mira Pons
Illustrator: Marion Puech
Publisher: Gecko Press, $16.99
Publication Date: February 2010
ISBN: 9781877467516
Format: Soft cover
For ages: 6 – 12
Type: Picture Book