Today’s Highlight at the Internationale Jugendbibliothek, International Youth Library: eating vegetables cannot be fun, but reading them definitely is!
Descubrimiento del día en la IYL: comer verduras no es divertido, pero leerlas sí.
Schneider, Antonie (text)
Pin, Isabel (illus.)
Kartoffeln in Pantoffeln (Potatoes in slippers)
Berlin: Aufbau, 2011. –  p.
Vegetables – Word play – Poetry
In »Kartoffeln in Pantoffeln«, the protagonists are asparagus, artichokes, and – oh crumbs – spinach. True, greens may not be the favourite food of little chip lovers; yet Antonie Schneider and Isabel Pin serve their miniature vegetables so lovingly and passionately that even fervent advocates of junk food cannot but devour them. The anthropomorphic vegetables often find themselves in unexpected situations. Thanks to a sophisticated dramatic arc, the texts oscillate between tragedy and partly absurd comedy. The same is true for Isabel Pin’s carefully composed illustrations. Carrot- and broccoli-adventures tempt readers to gaze at the pictures, create their own poems, and maybe even re-enact the tales; and the prospective protagonists can simply be cast on the readers’ plates at lunchtime. (Age: 4+)