4 out of 4 stars
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Four Funny Potatoes, by Len Foley, is an adorably executed children's book. He gives a heartfelt and humorous dedication, which I think parents will appreciate as they start to read this story to their kids. Four Funny Potatoes is about various foods doing silly things, but the real stars are the Four Potatoes who are rehearsing. One of the potatoes is not quite like the others, but you will have to read to find out about that! This book would be good for children aged up to about five. It also would be valuable for group readings because of the opportunity for children to join in and sing the songs.
Aesthetically, this book is wonderful for children. The implementation of mixed media, using real photos of food but illustrating faces on them, is comical in a way children would revel in. It also has big bright text so that children can read with ease. Foley did a great job not only writing the text but arranging the pictures.
The story flows very well. I think that the break up of action in the middle of the book is favorable because it gives a chance for the story to swell again after. It uses mostly rhyme, which is great as well. I appreciated the use of alliteration because I think that it elevates the sentences, even if they are short and silly.
Most of the food featured is healthy; it is stupendous for children to see healthy food doing amusing things. Hopefully, this would translate into them wanting to eat healthy foods. This story also promotes individuality and talks about how it is okay to like yourself the way you are. This is a strong message interwoven into a seemingly silly tale.
I found the very end of the story a bit odd, but that is the only element that I did not love about this book. I do not have any children, but I do have a niece who is about to be born, and I would not hesitate to buy this book for her. I think that parents will enjoy reading this to their kids, and their kids will savor the experience. I wholeheartedly rate this a 4 out of 4 stars.
Four Funny Potatoes!
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