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Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly Hardcover – October 26, 2010

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PreS-Gr 2–The conceit of this picture book is a make-believe episode of a kids' cooking program, and the show for the day is “Pirate Cooking with Henry, Elliebelly, and Baby Anne.” The featured recipe is “raspberry-marshmallow-peanut butter waffles with barbecued banana bacon,” and the description is so yummy that readers can almost smell it. Henry is clearly in charge, until two-year-old Elliebelly voices her opinions and concerns (over and over and over again). Her contributions clearly frustrate her brother, and their delightful exchanges add some zest to the production. The entire story is written in dialogue and the sibling relationship is presented with skill; the joys and irritations that the two experience are clear. Mom's off-camera additions (“Work it out, you two”) ring as true as the minor spats throughout. While the cooking-show concept may be lost on kids unfamiliar with the medium, the pure adventure of creative play and experimentation will be a treat for any reader. As can be expected, Yaccarino has created characters and an environment that grab readers' attention and won't let go. His interpretation of Elliebelly, with her wild curls, peek-a-boo bellybutton, and ever-present pink butterfly wings, is especially perfect. Parkhurst's carefully chosen dialogue and Yaccarino's deceptively simple art create a delicious delicacy.Heather Acerro, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN
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Henry, the older of the two sibling chefs, sees himself as the lead of his pretend cooking show; however, it is two-year-old redhead Elliebelly who adds her personal touch by insisting, much to Henry’s chagrin, that they both don pirate hats for the show. Although they purport to be concocting “raspberry-marshmallow-peanut butter waffles with barbecued banana bacon,” it appears that the ingredients put in the mixing bowl are more pretend than anything else. After a complication and a commercial break, the two chefs sample their invisible fare, a concept Elliebelly doesn’t grasp. However, before it becomes too much of an issue, Mom—who is offscreen refereeing and apparently cooking—calls them over for real waffles. The appealing cartoon-style illustrations in a bold color palette show Henry and Elliebelly against a white backdrop, so that they, and the few attractive accoutrements that clutter their workspace, really pop out. For stories about other budding chefs, check out Cari Best’s Easy as Pie and Liz Rosenberg’s Nobody (both 2010). Preschool-Grade 2. --Randall Enos

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends; First Edition edition (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312548486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312548483
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As I work in the main branch of New York Public Library, sometimes I get to see the occasional celebrity. Not long ago, Mario Batali was in my children's room with a carefully assembled group of adorable munchkins for a storytime photo op (he read Green Eggs and Ham and Bee-Bim Bop!, in case you're interested). For the most part I think the kids gathered were the children of parental cooking show fans. There was one kid who caught my eye, though. Decked out in a full chef outfit, from his white hat to his smock, one five-year-old was clearly a lifelong Mario Batali disciple. When Mario asked what a particular ingredient in Bee-Bim Bop might be, the child answered with zero hesitation, "BASIL!" I think often of that young man, particularly when I read books that have to deal with cooking. If only Cooking With Henry and Elliebelly had been out when Mr. Batali came to visit. Not only could I have suggested that he read it to the kids (which would have been a blast) but I bet that boy in the audience would have been delighted beyond measure to lay his hands on this story. Author Carolyn Parkhurst takes the idea of two kids playing TV, and turns it into a universal tale of big brotherhood vs. squirmy attention-sucking little sisterhood. Complemented by Dan Yaccarino's pitch perfect pictures, your kid won't have to own his own garlic press to get a kick out of this delightful new offering.

You're just in time! Before us are our hosts, Henry and Elliebelly. Henry, age five, stands behind a table announcing the name of their show as his little sister Elliebelly (age two) proclaims loudly, "Cooking! I help!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Caliboots on October 28, 2010
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You MUST read this one aloud (and you will, over and over). Or the older kid in your house will read it to the younger one(s). Doesn't matter if they're boys or girls -- here's a universal story of dealing with a little one and channeling patience. The art is amazing -- your kids will enjoy knowing this is the artist who created Oswald, if they are fans. A lovely stew.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Claire T. Carney on December 8, 2010
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This is quite a cute read for children . I bought twenty for all the little children on my Christmas list.
Elliebelly is so authen tic to every day living. Aside from being interesting the dialogue is unique.

Actually it is a picture book as well for Dan Yaccarino has portrayed the young ones as they truly are.

I particularly liked the mother's advise to Henry when he complains about his sister.

This is a fun book for little people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 26, 2010
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Any household with an older sibling and a 2-year-old will enjoy this delightful tale of compromise and acceptance. My 7-year-old and I took turns reading it out loud to the whole household: I read Henry's lines and she read the parts of Elliebelly. It not only inspired conversations about living with a younger sibling who isn't always reasonable, but we got to talk about the ridiculousness of commercials ("Buy a car! Buy a giraffe! Buy a rocket ship! Buy some pudding! NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW!!!").
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What made me pick this one off the library shelf? I loved the title and the cover. One of the reasons for this was that Elliebelly has red hair, and so do my two girls. We are always drawn to characters with hair the color of theirs...even in movie picks, Brave is one of their favorites, so what can I say, WE do judge books by their covers or characters by their hair color. However, before checking it out, I flipped through the pages and based on my quick perusal felt it had just the right amount of text for a three year old. So in the library basket it went. It was not my daughter's first choice to read once we got home, but it eventually made its way to the top of the pile, and what fun we had reading this one.

Think kids version of a cooking show where things never seem to turn out right, or do they? The co-hostess Elliebelly, just does not cooperate, and mom seems to interrupt at inopportune times too, but Henry is the consummate host and rolls with the punches, taking everything in stride. He never forgets the most important ingredient of all: Have Fun! Henry has a wonderful imagination. and wait till you see what these two kids have cooked up for their show. Recipes to make kids of all ages giggle fill the pages of this cooking show on paper, think Oscar the Grouch and his chicken soup skit on Sesame Street.

So, if you are looking for a fun read that is guaranteed to make you laugh pick up a copy of Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly. If you are still unsure it this ones for you read below for a recipe to whet ones appetite for this wonderful picture book by Carolyn Parkhurst, and don't forget, Bon Appétit!
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