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The Vegetable Show Hardcover – May, 1995

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Lettuce say at the outset that Brown's paean to produce is hard to beet for squashing veg-o-phobia. Framed as a theatrical offering-"the Greatest, Greenest Show on Earth"-this zany caper is emceed by one Mr. B.A. Dilly (a pickle, natch) and stars such botanical biggies as Eeny-Weeny, the Amazing Zucchini (weightlifter extraordinaire) and the Tip-Top Tomato Twins (high-wire wizards). And then there are the Veggettes, a go-go-booted chorus line who offer the perfect Broadway finish: a rousing rendition of "Veggies Are Not for Sissies" (music and lyrics included). Brown's pages are packed with a little bit of everything: bright borders, playful typeface, riddles, slogans ("beans are a tummy's friend"), fun facts-even a "serious" afterword outlining the nutritional advantages of each of her garden-fresh performers. And even the vegetably challenged will be won over by the pixiness of Brown's whimsical collages. Sit back and enjoy the show (and eat your broccoli). Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1?This vaudeville show featuring a variety of vegetable performers seems to be a bit overcooked. Mr. B.A. Dilly, the pickled emcee, leads an audience of children through eight separate acts. String Beanie tosses salad with his feet, Bud the Spud turns himself into different potato dishes, Eeny-Weeny the Amazing Zucchini lifts a heavy tray of dishes, and the Last of the Red Hot Peppers perform acrobatics. The concept is clever; unfortunately, the presentation of both text and illustrations is scattered and confusing. There is just too much material here. The text, dialogue balloons, and sometimes preachy statements like, "Vegetables help make you strong!" are jumbled across the pages. The emcee sometimes introduces acts from offstage, making it difficult to identify exactly who is speaking. For one confusing moment, the action shifts backstage. All of this makes for a frenzied and fragmentary plot that is difficult to follow. The illustrations, made from cut-paper, paint, colored pencil, rubber stamps, and linoleum-block prints, are a hodgepodge of texture and color. Each scene is framed by drawings of the featured vegetable. The veggies themselves are funny and appealing, but difficult to look at against the busy background. Despite the good intentions, the only real information about nutrition is conveyed through the short appendix. For a more basic but crystal-clear introduction to vegetables, use Lois Ehlert's Growing Vegetable Soup (1987) or Eating the Alphabet (1989, both Harcourt).?Joy Fleishhacker, New York Public Library
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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