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Thursday 16 January 2014

Review: You Are the Pea, and I Am the Carrot

Some things in life are just made for each other. They're perfect partners. A match made in heaven. There's butter and bread. A burger and chips. Caramel chip and vanilla bean ice-cream. Eggs and ham. You get the idea …

It's these kinds of blissful pairings that are celebrated in You Are the Pea, and I Am the Carrot, as a couple of friends together create the perfect 'recipe' for friendship.

Local readers might not be familiar with some of the American terms ('jelly' instead of 'jam', for example), but this doesn't really affect the enjoyment of the food-infused rhyming text and quirkily entertaining illustrations.

After all, who could resist lines like:

We belong together.
A match this good is rare.
Together we're just better.
We're an appetizing pair.

While this is a fun celebration of life-long friendship that kids will enjoy (especially the often laugh-out-loud partnership scenarios!), it's a book that would also make a whimsically endearing (although potentially hunger-inducing) gift for the one you love.

Title: You Are the Pea, and I Am the Carrot
Author: J. Theron Elkins
Illustrator: Pascal Lemaitre
Publisher: Abrams, $33.95 RRP
Publication Date: November 2013
Format: Hardcover with jacket
ISBN: 978149708503
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book