It's Disgusting-- and We Ate It!: True Food Facts from Around the World-- and Throughout History!
It's Disgusting-- and We Ate It!: True Food Facts from Around the World-- and Throughout History!
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Annotation: A collection of poems, facts, statistics, and stories about unusual foods and eating habits both contemporary and historical.
Genre: Cookbooks
Catalog Number: #159404
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Aladdin
Copyright Date: 1998
Edition Date: 2001
Illustrator: Brace, Eric,
Pages: 37 pages
Availability: Available (Limited Quantities Available / While Supplies Last)
ISBN: Publisher: 0-689-84393-3 Perma-Bound: 0-605-02389-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-689-84393-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-02389-5
Dewey: 641.3
LCCN: 96007406
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Brace's zany illustrations, somewhat reminiscent of Lane Smith's, add a blast of color to this picture book of food trivia, which focuses on some of humankind's weird grub choices. Solheim's menu is a mishmash--from seaweed, which shows up in products ranging from ice cream to salad dressing, to horse blood and earthworm soup, which were enjoyed by various cultures in times gone by. The layout is busy and sometimes disjointed, with lists, cartoons, straight text, a selection of recipes, and poems (which tend to get lost in the mix). The facts, however, are fascinating and fun, and Solheim has included a good list of additional readings as well as a selected bibliography. (Reviewed April 1, 1998)
Horn Book
Termites, rotten fish, and opossum stew are just a few of the odd items gobbled down at different points in history, according to this chaotic yet entertainingly informative compendium of international food lore. The crazed-looking cartoon illustrations help all the random snippets fit together reasonably well, with the exception of the author's gratuitous food-related poems, which are printed in small, hard-to-read type. Bib., ind.
Publishers Weekly

"With enough information for several sittings, this compendium lives up to its title's rich promise," said PW. Ages 5-10. (July)

School Library Journal
Gr 3-6--Solheim appeals to the gross-out side of kids in this exploration of edible grub (larvae and otherwise) around the world, past and present, and it's more laughs than a barrel of monkey brains (the one delicacy he missed). Divided into three sections, the book begins with "People Eat the Wildest Things," a look at some of the less common foods eaten today, such as frog legs, earthworms, snakes, insects, flowers, and seaweed. "From Mammoth Meatballs to Squirrel Stew" considers strange fare from the past, such as a menu from a medieval royal feast in England (14 oxen and 50 swans, among other things), the rat stew eaten by sailors, and the robins popular in Colonial America. "If You Think That's Sick, Look in Your Fridge" takes a look at how many common edibles, such as milk, cheese, honey, and mushrooms, are grown or produced. Each double-page spread includes basic facts and lots of interesting trivia written in a wacky, off-the-wall style that children will love. There are also poems-amusing, tongue-in-cheek odes to unusual delicacies (a haiku celebrates sushi). Brace's cockeyed, whimsical illustrations, done with colored pencils and acrylic paints, are delightful. The pages are filled with colorful characters who make wry observations about the text. Fact-packed fun from beginning to end.--Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 36) and index.
Word Count: 4,160
Reading Level: 6.0
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 6.0 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 36624 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.8 / points:3.0 / quiz:Q18775
Lexile: AD1010L

An interesting and nose-wrinkling collection of true food facts from around the world and throughout history.

How about a nice dish of Colonial Squirrel Pie with a side of milkweed shoots? If that doesn’t grab you, you might think about trying some Garbage Stew, just like they made in medieval England. But if you’re feeling a little tired and need a boost, your best bet is roasted spiders. They’ve got three times the protein of cooked beef. (Is your mouth watering yet?)

Illustrated by the wildly-creative Eric Brace, It’s Disgusting and We Ate It! is a fascinating look at culinary creations from all over the world!


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