Ian is back on an Olivia kick and his two favorite books to read over and over are Olivia Opens Up a Lemonade Stand and Olivia Cooks Up a Surprise. Last weekend, I devoured The Glass Kitchen. Then my review copy of All Four Stars by Tara Dairman arrived.
I have a sweet spot for Gladys Gatsby. (Coincidentally, Gatsby was the name I was going to use if Greenlee was a boy) Gladys is a girl after my own heart enjoying fine dining. I wish I could hire her to cook for my family. We both enjoy crème brulee. Gladys is such a likeable character.
“But she never abandoned a cooking experiment just because her parents didn’t have the right kitchen equipment. Just last week she’d rolled out pie dough with the stick of a broken umbrella, and it had turned out great.”
Ironically her parents have punished Gladys from cooking in the kitchen and prefer she play video games (of all things). Gladys’ parents live on fast food/take-out, including Sticky Burgers, Pathetti’s Pies and Palace of Wong. “But the food we eat is gross. It tastes awful and makes me feel sick. That’s why I like to cook my own food.”.
Author Tara Dairman uses very appropriate metaphors:
“Now, like a forgotten pot heating on the back burner, her anger was boiling over.”
“Gladys’s dad’s eyes were now as round as the measuring cups he never used.”
This book is intended for 8-12 year olds (grades 3-7) so its too older for my kids but I’m excited to pass it along to my friend’s children who are young foodies and enjoy cooking already.
Disclaimer: I did receive a an unadvanced uncorrected galley, but all opinions expressed are 100% my own.