Feeding the Flying Fanellis: And Other Poems from a Circus Chef

Kate Hosford, illus. by Cosei Kawa. Lerner/Carolrhoda, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4677-3905-4
Feeding the circus is a tall order, a boyish chef with the face of a porcelain doll reveals. Hosford’s nimble wordplay describes the demands of the circus’s hungry, finicky, and sometimes overindulgent performers: a juggler can’t be served anything round (“He’s growing thin; his plate is bare./ All his food is in the air!”), while a goateed, suit-wearing lion is revealed as a gourmet: “First comes antelope pâté,/ Followed by a consommé.” Kawa’s exuberant illustrations easily keep pace with Hosford’s rhymes, conjuring a memorable cast that also includes a soup-loving dog, homesick Ukrainian strongman, and picky tightrope walker. It’s a highly enjoyable and inventive blend of circus feats and culinary treats. Ages 6–9. Illustrator’s agency: Advocate Art. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/21/2015
Release date: 10/01/2015
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