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Too Many Cooks (Ratatouille) Hardcover – June 2, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Ratatouille
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Press (June 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423105397
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423105398
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.5 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Margaret McNamarais the award-winning author of the popular Robin Hill School books. She is also the author ofHow Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?, with pictures by Brian Karas, which will be published in fall 2007. An avid cook and a longtime children's book editor, Ms. McNamara lives in New York City.

More About the Author

Christopher-Award winning author Margaret McNamara has written more than two dozen books for young readers, among them the popular Fairy Bell Sisters chapter books and the Robin Hill School series for early readers. Many of the ideas for her books come from her daughter's school days, or her own. Margaret and her family live in New York City, and spend as much time as they can during the summer in Maine.

"Margaret McNamara is a pen-name," says the author, whose real name is Brenda Bowen. "I write under the name Margaret McNamara because it was my maternal grandmother's name. The real Margaret grew up a very long time ago in County Clare in Ireland, and she was one of the few girls in her village who could read."

Margaret has just completed work on fifth and sixth Fairy Bell Sisters books (about Tinker Bell's Little Sisters); those two titles will release in summer and fall of 2014. Her most recent picture book is "The Apple Orchard Riddle," another book about the students in Mr. Tiffin's class, who first appeared in "How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin." Next up from Margaret is a new adventure set in Mr. Tiffin's class, "A Poem in Your Pocket," to be published on Poem in Your Pocket Day 2015. She is researching a picture book biography of Melville Dewey, inventor of the Dewey Decimal System.



[Author photo by sdp.photography]

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It's a wonderful choice, I really recomend it.
Ana Carrera
Gorgeous illustrations, wonderful vocabulary, great rhymes, counting, colors, cooking terms, French words--this is a fantastically creative book.
La Rêveuse
It is much better than most kids' movie books and would be enjoyable without the Ratatouille connection.
Lynn Ellingwood

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B. Joan Wragg on May 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Delightful!

Too Many Cooks is truly a work of art -- & so unique. It is suitable for little ones who don't know their numerls yet [but are learning to count fingers toes & gourmand rats] & for cooks who need a refresher on recipe terminology. The Menu, at the end of the book, is a mini guide to French cooking.

The beautifully illustrated inside covers bracket a tour of Paris -- from sun up to moon rise. A renound city of art, gourmets, & gourmands the happy rats of Ratatouille proove that French Cuisine is indeed for Artist.

B. Joan Wragg

PS

I am not the least biased because the artist is my grandson.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lientje on June 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
So many of the Disney animated movies have top notch illustrative work within the movies, but when books are made from those movies the art work is not as good. This is a major exception. Every page is a masterpiece. Many Ratatouille books have come out in the past couple of weeks and I haven't noticed any yet in which the illustration is indifferent, but this one is the best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shautel M. Walker on January 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
We checked this book out from the Library after being introduced to it during storytime. My 2 1/2 year old loves it. He askes me to read it at least twice a day. It teaches counting forward to 8 and backward from 8-1.. It also teaches some simple French cooking turns, it rhymes, it has a glossery at the end that explains the cooking terms (which my son also likes to hear). It is just a great book, my 9 month old daughter likes to listen too it as well. As with any book, I recommend you try and find it from your local library and read to your children and see if they like it, if they do it would make a great birthday, rainy day or just special day award.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By La Rêveuse on April 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Gorgeous illustrations, wonderful vocabulary, great rhymes, counting, colors, cooking terms, French words--this is a fantastically creative book. Yes, I loved the movie, too, but this would stand alone even if the movie didn't exist. I used to live in Paris, and the illustrations remind me of something you'd find in a children's book in France. This is a great book, and I am so glad I bought it for my daughter. Seeing her eyes light up when you turn to the flambé page? Priceless!

A must for any ratatouille fan, francophile kid, future chef--anyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ellingwood VINE VOICE on January 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a picture book based on the movie Ratatouille. It is much better than most kids' movie books and would be enjoyable without the Ratatouille connection. Rats in the kitchen cook and cook using French cooking techniques and French food. It is quite well written in a fun rhyme with beautiful illustrations. I enjoy it and I think my students will too. The colors are bright and the illustrations are joyful as we learn how to cook French food, made more familiar by the recent cinematic hit.
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