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Mother-Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews hosted an amazing Kid Lit Giveaway Hop in May of this year. I won several books, so mail call has been lots of fun around here over the last few weeks. The latest book we’ve received is Jellybeans Morning, Noon and Night($), written by Maggie Pajak and illustrated by Marni Backer. They have a really fun website where you can see a trailer for the book.
The packet they sent us in the mail was so much fun! It came with a signed hard-back copy of the book, 5 rubber bracelets that say “I LOVE JELLYBEANS MORNING, NOON, AND NIGHT,” and a small container of jelly beans. (Unfortunately, while it waited for us to be picked up at the post office, the ants found the jelly beans, so it was quite an adventure getting into our package! It involved sunning on the trampoline, followed by freezing in the freezer, with a whole lot of brushing and squealing intermittently sprinkled. But that’s beside the point. It was still an amazing package!)
The book itself lived up to the excitement of the package. The kids love it! There are two boys who love jellybeans and want to eat them for every meal. Their mom says that since she doesn’t eat jellybeans for every meal, they can’t either. This causes them to hatch a brilliant plan, one in which they sneak jellybeans into their mom’s food for every meal. Being a sneaky chef myself (see my Veggie Puree Yeast Dough and our Healthy Cheese Pizza), I appreciated this. And as my kids are regularly having things snuck into their meals, they loved the reversal of kids sneaking candy into their mom’s food instead of mom sneaking healthy food into theirs. What ensues is pretty funny, and I won’t give it away other than to say that the mom gets the last laugh and the reader comes away having learned a lesson of moderation in a very fun way.
The illustrations are gorgeous. I always really like it when the words are integrated into the illustrations, and Marni Backer has done an amazing job with this. I also like how colorful the book is. The kids and I find it a very visually engaging book.
To wrap up our enjoyment of this book, (after we went and bought new jellybeans, of course), we brainstormed a food that it would be fun to sneak jellybeans into. The kids decided on oatmeal. It turned out to be a yummy treat, and all of the sneaky chefs in our house were happy! The kids snuck in their jellybeans while I, unbeknownst to them, made my Galactogogue Oatmeal and snuck in flaxmeal and chia seed, giving this mom the last laugh too! 🙂
I think you’ll really enjoy this fun book by Maggie Pajak and Marni Backer. We certainly did!