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Food Play Hardcover – November 23, 2006

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About the Author

Joost Elffers and Saxton Freymann are the creative forces behind the Play With Your Food series. Mr. Freymann, artist for the series, is also a successful photographer and writer. He lives in New York. Mr. Elffers, originator of the series, is a creative producer and packager of books. He lives in New York.
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (November 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811857050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811857055
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
"Food Play", the new book by Saxton Freymann and Joost Ellfers, presents a look at fruits and vegetables in a way that many have never quite seen them before. Who ever knew these tasty treats had a side life full of a range of emotions? From frightening pumpkins to silly scallions, prepare to laugh out loud from page one right to the end.

I was delighted to have read the original "Play With Your Food" when it was published a few years ago but this new offering takes fruit and vegetable recreation (or better yet, "re-creation") to a new level. We're treated to a pear dog holding a squash umbrella with an asparagus handle and a French poodle made completely out of cauliflower....right down to the dog bone. Yet it is the action figures that really stand out. An embarrased mushroom shows shock when he catapults his fellow mushroom off its seesaw seat...the seesaw itself being a stalk of rhubarb. And two strawberries, approaching one another somewhat amorously, end up kissing. It's enough to want to adopt them!

"Food Play" is great for all ages and I highly recommend it. I hope the authors are working on a sequel to give us yet many more reasons to laugh.
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Great book for young children. The pictures are cute and fun to look at. I got this for my autistic son as he likes these Elffers and Freymann books.
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Among the most comprehensive "food" books by Saxton Freymann, I bought this to use as a child-therapy tool... i planned to use it for projective storytelling, discussing emotions, initiate discussions, etc., but kids are too distracted by the novelty of "food faces" to actually focus on any real emotional content for themselves. However, I showed it to a colleague (who, incidentally, had been stressed out) and he said, "I feel better already." So rather than use it to facilitate therapy with kids, I use it with my adult substance abuse clients to demonstrate positive emotional experiences can be induced with non-chemical stimuli.

I also like to look through it when I need to smile.
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This is another hit from Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers! Their imagination using fruits and vegetables makes the 350 pages of pure fun and entertainment. No words are needed to keep children and adults from sitting down and reading and enjoying a book with your eyes. What fruits and vegetables is that walrus made from.... can it be it's a sweet potato? Check out the mushroom chef with frying pan, singing Kiwi, onion cat, a lemon car, orange pig, pear chick, kale picture frame with fruit inside, banana pup and puppy.... and the list goes on and on.

Find a comfortable spot and sit down and enjoy this book!
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No words at all. No "story". Just photographs. The author takes foods (fruits & vegetables, mostly), and carves, cuts and twists them into faces or animals.

The expressions are priceless! The effects are amazing - the author gets a simple piece of fruit to look just like an animal. It is a great book to sit with your children and go through, but it is also fun to just go through it yourself!!

It happens to be a great teaching tool for some children with autism or ASD. One of the issues that children with autism have is understanding facial expressions. This book is all about the expressions!! I can't say enough good things about this book. I have a copy that I keep for myself, and I have given several as gifts.

Definitely worth the price.
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We originally checked the book out of the library for our 3-year-old grandson, and we all enjoyed it. We bought another for our grandaughter. Kids and adults will enjoy the creativity and be inspired. You may never look at fruit and vegetables quite the same way again!
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I purchased this book for my grandparents after some experience with Joost and Effers' work. Four months later, they are still carrying the volume around with them to show friends and family. It's a wonderful, silly little book, all photographs of vegetables with remarkably human expressions. Certainly, we've all imagined a pumpkin as an evil face -- but who knew that oranges could throw temper tantrums?

Food Play's compact size and wordless but perfectly clear pictures make it perfect for young children, especially those that like to "read" to themselves. My siblings, ages 5-9, spent an hour trying to choose a favorite page -- with over three hundred to pick from, it's worth quite a bit of entertainment. As either an excellent icebreaker to leave out on the coffee table or a special treat for those long waits in the pediatrician's office, I highly recommend Food Play.
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This is so amazing! Each page made me smile! They are works of art!
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