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Tuesday 25 April 2023

Review: Pasta!

Pasta! is an absolutely joyous, tongue-twisting romp through the fork-twirling, hair-curling world of the more-ish and magical food that is pasta!

This book is pure delight. It encourages children to become familiar with new and unusual words on the page, in an atmosphere of celebration and fun. With crazy pasta names, Italian words and silly rhymes all thrown into the mix, there won’t be a home in the country that doesn’t hear the words

‘Agnolotti, That’s a lot-ti?’

shouted with glee when it’s pasta for dinner!

The words and illustrations are a match made in heaven – just like pasta and sauce. Acclaimed author Felice Arena’s twirly and slippery words seem perfectly suited to award winning illustrator Beatrice Cerocchi’s mouth-watering and almost tactile illustrations.

Having lived for decades in a household of pasta afficionados (yes, Italians!), I had no IDEA that there were so many varieties of the stuff. And even LESS idea that they’re so fun to say out loud. With a dodgy accent. Just try it now:

Spaghettini, Fagottini, Ditalinni, More Grattini?

Manicotti, Agnolotti, That’s a lot-ti!

If this doesn’t get the pasta juices flowing, it might just be time to check your pulse!


Yes please!

Title: Pasta!
Author: Felice Arena
Illustrator: Beatrice Cerocchi
Publisher: Affirm, $19.99
Publication Date: March 2023
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781922848604
For ages: 4 - 8
Type: Picture Book