Can I Eat That? by Joshua David Stein, Julia Rothman, Meagan Bennett


Can I Eat That? by Joshua David Stein, Julia Rothman, Meagan Bennett

A whimsical-yet factual-series of questions and answers about the things we eat...and don't eat! Food critic Joshua David Stein whets the appetite of young readers with a wondrous and informative approach to talking about food. This humorous, stylized and entirely unexpected set of food facts will engage both good eaters and resisters alike. With questions both practical ( Can you eat a sea urchin? ) and playful ( Do eggs grow on eggplants? ), this read-aloud text offers young children facts to share and the subtle encouragement to taste something new! Food and textile illustrator Julia Rothman brings an authenticity to the text that Stein has written from the heart, for his own three year-old and for pre-schoolers everywhere. Created for ages 3-5 years


This wonderfully stylish, funny and informative book will whet the appetites of young gastronomes and fussy eaters alike. It's a book for both dubious and curious eaters that also cleverly explores the foibles of the English language. Illustrations by Julia Rothman entertain the kids while unexpected turns of phrase keep adults guessing. -Food52 Bright, whimsical illustrations... The book has a lot of fun with language. -NPR Tasty... Stein's clever words and tight phrasing are put to good effect alongside Rothman's colourful illustrations. -West Weekend magazine Adorable and hilarious. -A Cup of Jo blog An absolute beauty of a children's book... Can I Eat That? is a wonderfully playful look at all things both edible and indigestible, and how confusing the names of our foodstuffs can be. -The Guardian Rollicking... Tempting fare for venturesome children. -Kirkus Reviews Fun and informative... Not only has illustrator Julia Rothman done a brilliant job making and food and food production appealing to young readers, but the book's global perspective means new foods might be just be embraced a bit more willingly while you're away. -Olive Giddy in its sense of linguistic discovery. -Publishers Weekly A playful series of Q's & A's about food! Informative yet entertaining, as well as encouraging good eaters. -Angels & Urchins A feast of fun. -Inis (Ireland) Everyone can find something to love here. -School Library Journal Online/Betsy Bird's blog

About the Author

Joshua David Stein frequently contributes to New York Magazine, The New York Times and the Sunday Times, and he is a restaurant critic at the New York Observer. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two sons. This is his first children's book. Julia Rothman creates illustrations and pattern designs for newspapers, magazines, wallpaper, dishware, bedding, billboards, and posters. She has authored and illustrated seven books, though this is her first children's book. She lives in Brooklyn.

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40 pages


Joshua David Stein, Julia Rothman, Meagan Bennett
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Publication date

28th March 2016



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