In honor of Julia Child's 100th birthday (yesterday), I want to introduce you to Jessie Hartland's Bon Appétit: The Delicious Life of Julia Child. Although this is an illustrated children's biography, it is a wonderful book for food lovers and kids of all ages.
Right off, I need to say that I just love Hartland's illustrations and handwritten text. Each page is filled with colorful drawings, complete with fun details such as maps, animals, food, and nods to which country or state Julia was living in at the time. I also love Julia's clothes, which change (of course) over the years.
Next, Hartland manages to get across Julia's larger-than-life personality and unconventional ways with good humor and fun-to-read tidbits. Here are just four things I learned about the famous chef:
- Julia Child was a tomboy and was well known as a prankster.
- She played basketball as a girl.
- She and Paul lived in at least five different countries.
- It took Julia four years of hard study, despite living in France, to become fluent in French.
What's a Julia Child book without recipes? No worries, Harland includes two (one graphic, one written) that you and your kids can try. There is also a short bibliography so it's easy to learn more. Bon Appétit is a terrific illustrated biography to read with children and is a must-have for any self-respecting foodie.
The scan is from near the end of the book and is about Julia Child's first cooking show (click to enlarge). Isn't it great?
For more on Jessie Harland's artwork and her other books, check out her website. This review will be linked to Kid Konnection, a great feature hosted every Saturday by Julie at Booking Mama.
Published by Random House Children's Books / Schwartz & Wade, 2012
Source: Bought (see review policy)
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