Delicious!: Poems Celebrating Street Food Around The World – Julie Larios, illustrated by Julie Paschkis

  Delicious!: Poems Celebrating Street Food Around The World – Julie Larios, illustrated by Julie Paschkis, Beach Lane Books, 9781534453777, 2021

Format: Hardcover book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

 Genre: Picture book

 What did you like about the book? Traveling has been a little difficult for many of us. Children have also lost many ways that they can interact with global experiences. This book centers the narrative around something that regardless of where we live, we can connect with and that is FOOD!  We go to various different countries and learn about different types of food experiences. The author created them into short poems which makes them even more intriguing to read. They almost read like short riddles. The poems start at the carts in New York. They venture to places like Greece, Morocco, Russia, Australia and then they end in Fenway Park, Boston! Each two page spread incorporates artwork that represents the food and culture. The illustrations look more like acrylic paintings that have been digitized for the book. The colors are vibrant with representation in even the skin tones of the people that are drawn into some of the layouts. At the end of the book there is a reference guide that elaborates more on the different places and food that are mentioned in each poem. 

Anything you did not like about the book? No, this book was a great blend of poetry and informational facts.

 To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for a reader aged 6-9 learning about global cultures. 

Who should buy this book? Elementary schools

Where would you shelve it? Poetry

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston MA

Date of review: 5/2/2021

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