4 out of 4 stars
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Four Funny Potatoes is a young children’s picture book by Len Foley.
The story told in the form of a song, is about four potatoes: Jimmie, Arnie, Marvin, and Benny. Bennie keeps insisting that he is a banana and not a potato. The potatoes sing the potato song with Bennie interrupting and insisting that he is a banana. But then, a kid eats Benny, and he is shown as an angel in the clouds still insisting about a banana.
This story has eye-catching pictures of the potatoes, watermelon, sandwich, and eggs with expressions drawn on them, which made very engaging and whimsical characters. The four potatoes sleeping in the bowl and then linking their arms together to sing the potato song was very cute. Also, the repetitive and catchy nature of the song makes it a perfect sing-along for young children. The author ensures that the characters in his story teach young kids important lessons while being funny. The way Benny insisting that he is a banana when others tell him that he is a potato is a good lesson in self-confidence and self-identity. The author has a knack for making jokes, like when the donut said that he couldn’t run because he doesn’t have any feet, then the tomato suggested that he roll instead.
The only criticism I have is the concept of Bennie’s death. I am not sure the intense concepts of death, written in a however lighthearted way, would be appropriate in a children’s story. Also, the term “egg heads” is usually used in a derogatory way and although the author has taken the meaning to mean heads of eggs, I wouldn’t recommend its usage in a children's’ book.
Overall, I give this story a rating of 4 out of 4 stars for an exceptionally memorable story. I would highly recommend it to children of ages three to seven.
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