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Baby food
Freymann, Saxton.
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New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2003.
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29 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Presents vegetables and fruits carved into the shapes of different baby animals, including a bunny, a piglet, a whale calf, a bear cub, and others.
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Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers's most accessible picture book yet--a zoo of baby animals carved out of fruits and veggies, sized (and priced!) perfectly to sell to the gift and children's market.

A menagerie of animals decorate the gloriously colored pages of BABY FOOD. Animals ingeniously carved and cut from a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables, of course--what else would you expect from the talented Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers, who brought us HOW ARE YOU PEELING?! A Chinese eggplant becomes a little penguin and a red pepper transforms into a baby hippo. A turnip becomes a baby duck and a cauliflower a sheep.

Parents, babies, and new moms and pops will love to share these animal babies! They make great winter holiday and Easter gifts for grown-ups too.

Author Notes

Joost Elffers is the producer of Viking Studio's bestselling The Secret Language of Birthdays, The Secret Language of Relationships, and Play with Your Food.

He lives in New York City.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 1. There's no end in sight to the inspiration Freymann and Elffers, the creators of How Are You Peeling? (2000) and Dog Food (2002), can find at a farmer's market. The fruit-and-veggie sculpture concept may have been off the vine for a while now, but the authors' newest theme--baby animals--shows off the team's ingenuity to full advantage. Fashioned from the plumpest of produce and given wide-eyed expressions with black-eyed peas and a few artful nicks of a knife, these freshly picked critters are as darling as they come, as well as much more appealing than the human toddler pictured on the last page. This is clearly intended as a companion to Dog Food, but the text is more straightforward and child friendly. Even if the novelty factor goes over little ones' heads, the exclamations of delight from older children will surely prove contagious. --Jennifer Mattson Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

From the team behind How Are You Peeling? and Dog Food comes another delightful book based on photos of fruit and vegetable carvings, Baby Food by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers. From a wide-eyed piglet carved out of an orange to a whale calf fashioned from an eggplant, these baby animal portraits are both clever and cute. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-Freymann and Elffers return with more whimsical fruit and vegetable creatures. This time they depict a variety of baby animals from the familiar chick, duckling, and kitten to the more unusual seal and armadillo pups. Of course the book's real fascination lies in the authors' ability to carry off such transformations as a radish into a spiderling and an eggplant into a whale calf. The clean layout with clearly labeled animals positioned against bright, colorful backgrounds enhances the visual appeal. Older children may want to try their hand at their own creations. While not an essential purchase, this book encourages readers to view familiar objects in new ways-and it's very funny.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.