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From the Author

Leslie Patricelli lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, their two children, and two kitties. She sketched out her first children’s book, YUMMY YUCKY, when her then one-year-old son was putting everything in his mouth. "After hearing myself say ‘yucky!’ or ‘yummy!’ for months on end, this book seemed to write itself," she says. "Talking to and watching my young children all day gave me a voice and inspiration for these books. I write down what I say to them and what they say to me."

About the Author

Leslie Patricelli lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, their two children, and two kitties. She sketched out her first children’s book, YUMMY YUCKY, when her then one-year-old son was putting everything in his mouth. "After hearing myself say ‘yucky!’ or ‘yummy!’ for months on end, this book seemed to write itself," she says. "Talking to and watching my young children all day gave me a voice and inspiration for these books. I write down what I say to them and what they say to me."
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 3 years
  • Series: Leslie Patricelli board books
  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (September 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763619507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763619503
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

"My Grandma was a pastel artist and, for as long as I can remember, an artist is what I wanted to be too," says children's author and illustrator Leslie Patricelli. "My hobby as a kid was drawing cartoons and writing stories, and I started to consider a career in art in seventh grade. When the multiple choice career test I took resulted in a recommendation that I pursue a career in forestry, I went back and changed all my answers, so that it recommended instead that I pursue graphic design, which was the closest thing to children's book writer or cartoonist on the list."

Today, Leslie Patricelli's legions of fans are evidence that career tests are not always reliable. Her colorful trio of board books about opposites -- YUMMY YUCKY, BIG LITTLE, and QUIET LOUD -- follows a diapered protagonist as he discovers some curious contradictions, such as "ladies are big" while "ladybugs are little." Her inspiration for the series came from her son Beck who, at one year old, "was constantly putting everything into his mouth." Says the author, "I found myself saying 'Yummy!' and 'Yucky!' all the time. I began to draw a baby dramatically expressing his taste or distaste for the things he was eating. The idea of YUMMY YUCKY was born!"

Her other toddler books in the series, BINKY, BLANKIE, NO NO YES YES, BABY HAPPY BABY SAD, and her latest books -- TUBBY AND POTTY, were also based on her parenting experiences. "I am inspired by how passionate toddlers are," she says. "I love the way they are so extremely focused on things, and display such intense emotions. It is easy to see what they care about the most."

Leslie Patricelli's beloved baby character graduated to star in his first full-length picture book, THE BIRTHDAY BOX. She notes "I've watched my kids transform boxes into cars, boats, spaceships, hospital beds, dog carriers, snake houses, bass drums, forts, airplanes, sleds, and of course, robots. It's very exciting when a new box comes into our home."

Her book HIGHER! HIGHER! was selected as a Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Honor Book. "I credit my daughter, Tia, for writing this book for me," says Leslie. "I was pushing her on the swing at the park when she was two, she started shouting, 'Higher! Higher!' I noticed how the other kids were saying the same thing. We started pretending that with every push I was sending her higher into the sky until she was in space. I went home with the book almost fully formed in my head."

About her latest series, which includes, THE PATTERSON PUPPIES AND THE RAINY DAY. and THE PATTERSON PUPPIES AND THE MIDNIGHT MONSTER PARTY, Patricelli says, "Although the puppies' individual personalities are based on the personalities of my own kids, the stories for these books were inspired by incidences from my own childhood. When I was four, my friend and I decided to create an ocean in her bedroom by dumping buckets of water on the floor, just like the puppies do in THE PATTERSON PUPPIES AND THE RAINY DAY. I will never forget the feeling of being caught by our parents and torn from our imaginary world to realize that we had done something very wrong! Their was no doubt in my mind that we would succeed at making an ocean. I love how a child's imagination can carry them right out of their present situation into an imaginary world that is so real to them. This is the feeling I tried to capture in the Patterson Puppies books.

"My favorite part of writing books is the moment when a new idea comes into my head," says Leslie. "If I give it my attention, a book will start forming in my mind. At this moment, I most certainly have a smile on my face."

Leslie Patricelli lives in the mountain town of Ketchum Idaho with her husband, Jason, her son, Beck, her daughters, Tia and Tatum, two cats, Oreo and Elvin, two rabbits, Olivia and Chewy and a fluctuating population of guppies. Her husband is a drummer, music engineer, ski instructor, and her on-request editor. Her kids have become her editors, whether she requests it or not!

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By JulieRez VINE VOICE on September 21, 2005
Format: Board book
I got this book for my shower along with the Quiet/Loud book. Now that my son is a year old, we've only recently gotten interested in these books. I do understand others' comments about not wanting to introduce boogers and earwax, but really why not? They're not bad things... they're just yucky. While my son is still a little young to really get the humor of this book (it really is very funny), he loves the colors and the pictures of the baby on each page. And I think he does get the concept of things that are yummy (we make yummy noises at every meal) vs things that are yucky (every time he goes to put something he shouldn't into his mouth, I repeat "that's yucky. we don't eat that)

All things considered, an entertaining and unique children's board book.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Katherine E. Heile on October 28, 2005
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I am a speech therapist who works with children ages 0-3, and this book is probably one of my favorites to use in speech therapy. Many of my clients are kids who have not started talking by age 2, and nearly all of them will sit for this book. Visually, I like the simplicity of each page, with a single illustration on each page, and all of the "yummies" on the left, and the "yuckies" on the right. Also, the simple repetitions are good for stimulating speech and cognitive development.

Many people in their review of this book have mentioned the more questionable "yucky" items, such as hot sause, earwax, and sand. Now I've presented this book to dozens of kids, and I've never had behavior problems result from this book. However, part of its enjoyment is the humor that derives from the yucky items - if you find the phrase "Burgers are yummy, boogers are yucky" distasteful, then I recommend trying Laura's "Big Little" or "Quiet Loud" books instead. These books will give you the same development benefits, without having to venturing into your personal definitions of "yucky"!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Reader on February 9, 2005
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We introduced this book to my toddler at an age when he was eating sand in the sandbox and grabbing pretty much anything else he could get into his mouth. This book was a fun way to explain why we don't eat sand, kitty litter, or worms. He loves this book, and we do too! We all always laugh out loud when reading it. The illustrations are really colorful and bold, and the text is downright funny. Some people are offended by the advice not to eat earwax or boogers, but if you think it's not bad to warn a toddler about that (or even funny!) then your family will love this book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kind Bean on August 1, 2009
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This is a wonderful book and my toddler loves it! It has simple pictures and bright colors to engage young ones. I love the simple, but very effective design of the book, yummy things on the left and yucky things on the right. These pairs include: spaghetti/worms, blueberries/blue crayons, soup/soap, sandwiches/sand, mommy's cookies/mommy's coffee, chocolate sauce/hot sauce, apple pie/mud pie, burgers/boogers, eggs/earwax, fish sticks/fish food, and ice cream/too much ice cream. The last page includes several small pictures of more yummy (pizza, banana, milk, toast, peach, cheese, cupcake, and chicken) and more yucky (garbage, dog food, dish soap, apple core, kitty litter, toilet paper, stinky socks, and a centipede) things. This is a very fun book to read to your children, who are able to learn important lessons about what is ok to eat and not, while they have fun.

I referenced being a vegetarian because many of the negative reviews seemed to be from vegetarians upset that meat foods were listed as a yummy. Well, I would have preferred meatless yummy foods, but since most people are meat eaters, I wasn't surprised or upset to see them under the yummy foods. Nor was I upset to see a few treats in there either. I think the point was to pick very common and basic foods that MOST children are familiar with. The book works very well for getting the point across of what items are safe or not to eat. I try not to take my baby books very seriously.

Anyway, I highly recommend this for young children, as well as any books by Leslie Patricelli.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Fleur M. on November 25, 2004
Format: Board book
We have a blast reading this book - it cracks my kid up everytime! Leslie's illustrations are bright and textural, and the baby character is hilarious! We've read all three of her books over and over. I see that there are a couple more coming out soon -- looking forward to reading them as well!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Book Girl on August 5, 2012
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No vegetables in this book, and barely any fruit. Milk, ice cream, *fried* chicken, pepperoni pizza, a lump of cheese, hamburgers, fish sticks, cookies, pie, eggs, and cupcakes are listed as yummy. It's like an animal product and junk food bonanza. Blueberries are the only fruit the author could be bothered to include, with a tiny picture of a banana and peach on the last page pictured as an afterthought...and zero veggies. While I agree, not all toddlers are up for the "broccoli is yummy" discussion, and children resent inauthentic messages, some veggies are truly very yummy AND fun to most, if not all, toddlers: Corn on the cob. Mashed potatoes. Pickles. Sweet potatoes. Roly poly peas. And fruit is a no-brainer! I normally like this author's books but this one missed a great opportunity. Vegetarian or not, you can't tell me hamburgers are more fun to illustrate (and look at) than giant triangles of juciy watermelon, or grapes picked straight off the vine. Even popcorn would've been nice compromise between junk food and health food, since it can be either. This book will be a hassle for parents who are trying to teach good eating habits, especially since many toddlers haven't been introduced to junk food yet and don't know what they're missing, and some of us would like to keep it that way, at least in the early years. Do you think children lack for the message, "Burgers are yummy"? We're in America, after all, where fast food chains are permitted to advertise directly to children. And we wonder why obesity is at am epidemic level.
UPDATE: I ended up doctoring the book to my liking. Used a similar font to change the ice cream to oatmeal, the fish sticks to carrot sticks, and the burgers to veggie burgers. On the back pages, I put an image of an apple over the fried chicken drumstick, etc. The book is a little less yucky to this particular health food mama after these clever edits, but still...author could've done MUCH better.
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