cover image The Very Stuffed Turkey

The Very Stuffed Turkey

Katherine Kenah, illus. by Binny Talib. Scholastic/Cartwheel, $6.99 paper (32p) ISBN 978-0-545-76109-3

For one turkey, “gobble” isn’t so much the noise he makes as how he eats: all of Turkey’s barnyard friends are hosting Thanksgiving dinners, and he plans to eat at each one. Turkey starts out strong, plowing through stew at Pig’s house and gorging on oat cakes and pie with Horse’s family. “Let’s have a race,” suggests Horse after dinner. “Turkey didn’t think that was a good idea.” Kenah (Ferry Tail) emphasizes the culinary delights that are so integral to the holiday, but it’s the “wonderful” feeling of being part of a family (several of them, actually) that Turkey comes to appreciate most, especially after additional courses of soup, casserole, and ice cream. Dominated by an autumnal palette and dotted with plaid and cross-hatched textures, Talib’s illustrations bring a fresh, modern look to this humorous holiday outing. Ages 3–5. Illustrator’s agency: Bright Agency. (Aug.)