Rutabaga the Adventure Chef: Book 1
Rutabaga the Adventure Chef: Book 1
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Annotation: Rutabaga and his magic cooking pot join three young adventurers on a culinary quest to defeat a dragon, discover new ingredients and identify monsters to invite to, or eat for, dinner.
Catalog Number: #600254764
Format: Ebook
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Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Pages: 128
Territory: North America
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-613-12885-1
ISBN 13: 978-1-613-12885-5
Dewey: Fic
Language: English
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ALA Booklist
Rutabaga loves food so much that he has set out on an adventure to find the rarest, most exotic ingredients to add to his cookbook. When he is plucking mushrooms from a sword, he is interrupted by a troupe of adventurers who are on their way to defeat a dragon, and Rutabaga, eager to try his very first dragon steak, begs to come along. He is clumsy and a bit of a goof, but his food is delicious, so they invite him to join their team. In small panels with blocky figures shaded by benday dots, Colossal playfully tells the story, originally a web comic, of Rutabaga's madcap adventures, which include a creature who eats only dream food, a cook-off with a crotchety old chef, and some fierce, grizzled warriors. And at every turn, following an enthusiastic "Let's get cooking!" Rutabaga whips up something tasty. A couple of recipes end the volume, but even Rutabaga's culinary feats in the comic re-bones instructions are included in the panels uld easily inspire young adventure chefs to make some gourmet grub of their own.
Horn Book
Chef Rutabaga's portable kitchen; his anthropomorphic sidekick, Pot; and his love of foraging for unique ingredients (e.g., "sweetened blood berries" and "pop-shrooms") may encourage readers to be more adventurous with their own culinary pursuits. The quirky series-starting graphic novel includes easy-to-make recipes and uses comic vignettes to concisely introduce such entertaining characters as sword-slinging Winn and her comrades, Manny and Beef.
School Library Journal
Gr 24 Rutabaga is on the prowl for adventure, but not the kind that most knights and warriors yearn for. As an adventure chef, Rutabaga, along with his magical walking kettle, Pot, explores magical lands and looks for rare ingredients and exotic monsters to cook in order to make the most amazing meals possible. He first follows a group of knights on the hunt for a giant and possibly tasty dragon and soon ends up cooking for everyone, from kings and royal pets to barbarians and ghosts. Things hardly ever go as planned, however, and Rutabaga often has to concoct an exquisite dish to solve his problems and help his friends. As the story continues, Rutabaga doesn't really transition between adventures and more or less just wanders off until he happens on his next quest, making this selection feel more like a collection of short comics than an actual book. Still, author Colossal perfectly mixes action and humor, similar in style to "Adventure Time" comics writer Ryan North, only with simple enough language to please the chapter book-reading crowd. And his simple, manga-influenced illustrations will be just as easily accessible. A promising first course in a series that could really take off. Peter Blenski, Greenfield Public Library, WI
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Word Count: 5,436
Reading Level: 2.5
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.5 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 173545 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.7 / points:4.0 / quiz:Q65938
Lexile: GN220L

In a world where there are dragons, wyverns, and haunted squash, you'd figure someone would have recipes for them, right? Rutabaga and his magic cooking pot, Pot, join young adventurers Winnifred, Manny, and Beef on a quest to defeat a dragon, discover new ingredients, find monsters to have for and/or to dinner, and to save the day through cooking. Rutabaga will dare any danger to uncover new tastes, and there's a whole world full of food to try--from roasted mud leech to spider soup to peanut butter on crackers. His heroic recipes combine real ingredients, fantasy ingredients, and real ingredients that sound fantastical. Rutabaga the Adventure Chef is the perfect adventure for any kid grossed out when something weird shows up on the dinner table.


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