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Cook-a-Doodle-Doo Hardcover – April 1, 1999
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In this deliciously imaginative book by sisters Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel, a hungry and fed-up rooster suddenly recalls his famous Great-Granny, a fabulous chef who penned a book of recipes for future generations. He hunts down her cookbook--The Joy of Cooking Alone by L.R. Hen.
Rooster carefully turned the pages. "So many recipes--and I thought she just baked bread! Look at the strawberry shortcake!... Yes sirree--just like Great-Granny, I'll be a cook! COOK-A-DOODLE-DO-O-O!"
Upon settling down with this remarkable tale, every child's natural curiosity for cooking will likewise come bursting forth. There is a great basic story here, with plenty of creative spins on The Little Red Hen. In this version, Rooster--rebuffed by Dog, Cat, and Goose just like his Granny was--finds companionship in the kitchen with Turtle, Iguana, and Potbellied Pig. As Turtle reads the recipe aloud, Iguana continuously confuses the instructions to great comedic effect, Amelia Bedelia-style. (He tries to cut butter with scissors and beat an egg with a baseball bat.) Pig, on the other hoof, asks over and over for a chance to taste the batter. ("Looks mighty dry in there," said Pig. "Perhaps I should taste it.") Stevens's sure, friendly illustrations evoke a tremendous amount of character and activity in lightning-fast time. Take, for example, the cooking hats all the creatures don when they get to the kitchen: Turtle sports a copper-bottomed soup pot on his head, Iguana wields a candy-striped oven mitt, and Pig is wearing a kitchen towel, tied kerchief-style. They're ready!
Scattered through the story are sidebars with cooking tips that offer information on the ingredients, measurements, and techniques mentioned in the text. (Even if kids don't want to read them, they're quite handy for adults answering questions while reading.) Kids will love this lively, slapstick story of teamwork in action, and no doubt will want to try making strawberry shortcake! Fortunately, the recipe for "Great-Granny's Magnificent Strawberry Shortcake" is in the back. (Ages 4 and older) --Jean Lenihan
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
It is a modern update of the Little Red Hen theme, "won't anybody help me make bread", but this time, although Dog, Cat and Goose wont, Rooster gets Turtle, Iguana and Potbellied Pig.
Rooster is making a strawberry shortcake (out of great gran's recipe book "the joys of cooking alone") and the animals are a delight in the kitchen.
It is uproariously funny as Roosters assistants get everything wrong and Pig keeps wanting to eat it.
The book includes a recipe at the end for the cake they bake and on the side of the pages it has information and tips on cooking!
Hints on baking powder, measuring equipment, where butter comes from and so on and so forth.
Everything you need to bake a great cake, and what's more, explain to the kids just why you're helping them do what they're doing.
The illustrations are a luscious visual delight and the cake is worth salivitating over - this book is so clever that you'll be giggling with the kids as you read it.
Ages 2 up.
What attracted me to the book initially were the educational sidebars that explaine, on a child's level, some of the concepts of cooking.
Certainly a book worth the small price.
The author and illustrator have taken the general overall theme from the classic, The Little Red Hen and turned it into a rather hilarious teaching book...a cookbook that is bound to stimulate a child's natural curiosity about cooking.
The Big Brown Rooster is sick o eating chicken food, day in and day out. He wants something different..."What's a hungry rooter to do," he moans. Ahhhh, suddenly remembers that his famous great-grandmother, the Little Red Hen was something of a legendary cook. After prowling around the chicken coop a bit he finds the Little Red Hen's cookbook and discovers she made much, much more than bread. As he flips through the book his eyes land on the recipe for "Little Red Hen's Magnificent Strawberry Shortcake." This is it..."I will make it," he says.
Of course dog goose and cat all turn him down when asked if they want to help but all is not lost because Turtle, Iguana and of course Potbellied Pig and al enthusiastic and ready to go.
And the preparations and baking begin. This is where it gets funny. They try cutting butter with a saw, sifting flower by crawling through it, measuring ingredients with a ruler and on and on. Rooter though knows his business because he has Little Red Hens book and finally the wonderful strawberry shortcake is made.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a terrific book, probably for 5-7 YO, with cooking tips and recipes as well as a very funny story.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book was suggested by a friend. I didn't think it was good for the children I planed to give it to - just a bit over their heads. Read morePublished 7 months ago by JAM
I read it to two 5 year olds and two adults, and we were all in stiches. The story is adorable and funny, particularly if you’re familiar with the Little Red Hen, and the pictures... Read morePublished 18 months ago by peachypear
I bought this my six year old grandson he loves it! He loves to cook and thought the iguana was very funn.Published 18 months ago by debbie nelson