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My selection is: "Rude Dude's Book of Food: stories behind some of the crazy cool stuff we eat" by Tim J. Myers.
Myers combines food, fun, and facts in this very readable collection of stories about some of our favorite foods such as chocolate, hamburgers, and noodles. Myers indulges his passion for education by offering young readers (the intended audience is middle grade) a look at history through the medium of the food we eat. Along the way he deftly peppers the text with delicious bits of history. The writing is clever, the casual, slangy voice rich with humor even as it coaxes children into a greater awareness of their food choices.
Smiley's cartoon style illustrations are a perfect pairing with the text.
Be sure to check back on May 20th for a Writer's Wednesday interview with Tim Myers.