The story starts at the Ristorante Italia, where Tyler indulges in his favorite entrée, spaghetti and meatballs. Chef Lorenzo invites Tyler to the kitchen the next day, and he and dog Tofu start by making pasta. Then it’s off to the country for juicy tomatoes, fresh basil, and stinky onions and garlic. Giant cheese wheels encourage Tofu to take a spin on them. Once home, Tyler and his dad start making the tomato sauce, the meatballs, and, finally, the spaghetti. Yum! Except for ingredients, this is not too different from Tyler Makes Pancakes (2012), but the art here may be even better. Using a bright navy blue as an outline (and with plenty of red, white, and blue accents), Frazier’s visuals complement and extend the story. He adds humor as well, particularly in the form of Tofu, who is meatball crazy and will run with a spaghetti strand or juggle tomatoes (funniest is when he and Tyler make mustaches out of basil). The recipe and a fact sheet conclude. Even if the intended audience doesn’t want to cook themselves, they’ll be delighted by the story. Grades K-2. --Ilene Cooper
Tyler is ready for spaghetti!
So is his dog, Tofu, especially if there are meatballs involved. Tyler loves spaghetti and meatballs so much he wants to make it for his family. But how? Chef Lorenzo to the rescue! Together, Tyler and Chef discover that sometimes pasta comes in a box and tomato sauce comes in a jar, but with the help of pasta capes, basil mustaches, and a wonderful ingredient with the nickname "stinking roses," it's not only much more fun to make everything yourself—it's magnifico!
They showed you everything you want to know about breakfast in Tyler Makes Pancakes! Now let Tyler Florence and Craig Frazier take you on a trip around the world of everybody's favorite pasta. Then make Chef Florence's special recipe for spaghetti and meatballs and you'll see that, while the best ingredients come from all over, the best place to eat them is right at home with the people you love.See all Editorial Reviews
great child's book. We read
it to 4 year and 2 year olds. The
4 year old seems to understand
the cooking parts.
This book is dope. Tyler Florence is the best chef of all time. The problem with this book is that it makes me want to eat mad spaghets and balls.Published 16 months ago by Matthew Mouse
Tyler thinks someone wrote this book just for him - and he loves looking at it. His mom makes him spaghetti every week!Published 23 months ago by Dianne Benson