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Big Jimmy's Kum Kau Chinese take out
Lewin, Ted.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
The sights, sounds, and smells of a busy Chinese take-out restaurant are seen through the eyes of the owner's young son.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 55899.

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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Even before Kum Kau Chinese Take Out opens, there's so much to do. The deliveryman arrives. The cooks clean the kitchen from top to bottom. Then chop, chop, chop, they slice and dice the fresh meat and vegetables. But when the customers arrive, Kum Kau really comes alive. Woks sizzle. Pots steam. The cooks whip up tantalizing dishes for hungry patrons. A young narrator shares a behind-the-scenes look at the hustle and bustle of a busy Chinese take-out restaurant. Then it's time for his favorite dinner.

Delectable tastes and savory smells will make mouths water as Caldecott Honor artist Ted Lewin takes us to a favorite Chinese restaurant in his Brooklyn neighborhood.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5-8. In Lewin's latest, children look on during a fast-paced day at a popular family-owned Chinese take-out restaurant. The owners' young son is the guide, describing the hustle and bustle of the morning vegetable delivery, the finely orchestrated food preparations, and a hectic mid-afternoon lunch rush. He introduces Uncle Wing, who is slicing meat; Uncle Loong, who is chopping mountains of green peppers and broccoli; and his mother and aunty, who are taking orders over the phone. Children discover that the boy's job is to stuff each bag with the condiments and, of course, the fortune cookie. After a long day, the boy realizes he has worked up an appetite. What he has for dinner will be a surprise. The realistic watercolor paintings bring the action up close; kids can almost smell what's cooking in the kitchen. --Cynthia Turnquest

Publisher's Weekly Review

A young narrator takes readers behind the scenes at his family's restaurant, and serves up a surprise in the end, in Big Jimmy's Kum Kau Chinese Take Out by Caldecott Honor artist Ted Lewin. Realistic watercolors depict the food, family and Brooklyn neighborhood with flair. A recipe for "Buddha's Delight," a vegetable dish, is included. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-Irrepressible energy propels a young narrator through a day at his parents' Brooklyn restaurant (a real place), from early morning deliveries to dinnertime. Lewin's photo-realist scenes take viewers from quiet, sun-drenched sidewalks to the gleaming kitchen's busy nether reaches, all to a mouthwatering commentary: "Uncle Ming, Chung, and Wing work side by side, moving around each other like dancers in a ballet. Subgum Chow Mai Fun. Sam Gap Tai. Moo Goo Gai Pan.-Flip. Flip. Flip. Done!" After a day of greeting regulars, handing out menus, and chucking packets of condiments into bags of takeout, "It's time for my favorite dish-PIZZA!" Lewin himself puts in an appearance at the end, happily chowing down on his favorite dish, Buddha's Delight. Serve up this tribute to a neighborhood establishment with the likes of Alexa Brandenberg's Chop, Simmer, Season (Harcourt, 1997) or Marissa Moss's Mel's Diner (BridgeWater, 1996) for a taste-tempting storytime.-John Peters, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.