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Pass the Celery, Ellery! Hardcover – October 1, 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
Snappy design, an eye-popping palette and loopy rhymes characterize this high-concept picture book based on a favorite game of the author's family. "Around the table, one by one/ Match food to name until you're done." Foraging through the alphabet, Gaga and friends emerge with a series of jaunty pairings that begin with "Pass the abalone, Tony" and end with "Pass the zabaglione, Joni." Their punchy combinations (nutmeg/Oleg, veal/Emile) provide plenty of ammunition to fire readers' imaginations. Fisher's simple blocks of mouth-watering colors (in plum, salmon and cherry red hues) belie the sophisticated compositions. He extends the playful conceit and displays a keen eye for the absurd. Great swathes of color create striking backdrops for the hand-lettered text and images of a man with a giant drumstick slung over his shoulder ("Pass the meat, Pete") and a poodle-skirted woman tugging at a strand of endless pasta that spells out "Pass the spaghetti, Betty." Whole sentences alternate with single words arranged in a checkerboard pattern or scattered across the pages. One part abecedary, one part dinner table diversion, one part eye candy, this recipe adds up to one fun book. All ages. (Oct.)
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From the Publisher
-More than a book: It's a game, too! -Illustrations and hand-lettered text by an award-winning artist whose work has been published throughout Europe, Australia, and the United States -Includes an illustrated recipe card