4 out of 4 stars
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COVIDinners by Katie M Zeigler is a humorous picture book. The entire thing is a compilation of whiteboard pictures.
The year 2020 has been a hard one. Stay-at-home orders have forced a lot of families to spend more time together than they normally would. Because of this, many people have tried to find more engaging and interesting ways to interact with their loved ones. Zeigler used her whiteboard to create daily comics pertaining to “Tonight’s Dinner.” The results were extremely entertaining.
There is no storyline for me to describe. Instead, each page has a photograph of a whiteboard. The tops all say, “Tonight’s Dinner,” and underneath they all have a clever hashtag pertaining to the picture. My favorites were all ones that had to do with numbers (I enjoy simple jokes like that). For example, “Couscous Bowls” had a pair of circles with arrows labeling them as “couscous” and a single circle labeling it as “cous.” The hashtag for this was #oneflewoverthecouscousnest, which is also a clever twist on couscous. Other favorites included those where Mom clearly needed a night off. “Wine” was all one night had listed. It sported a giant wine glass next to a much shorter woman with an arrow pointing saying, “Actual Size.”
My least favorites were those with pop-culture references. They were still great, I’m just personally not a fan of this type of humor. For example, “Chicken Scallopini” included a rendering of Beavis and Butt-Head with a hashtag of #hehheh. I only have a vague understanding of these characters, so this comic was lost on me. “A Little Bit Lasagna” had a hashtag of #schittscreek. Since I don’t watch this show, I didn’t understand it at all.
There are a few pictures that are intended for an older crowd. “Twice Baked Potatoes” includes a pot reference, “Hump Day BBQ” has a sex joke, “Hors D’Oeuvres” has a hooker joke, and several include alcoholic references. That being said, I still think a majority of these pictures could be enjoyed by young children. At the very least, they could serve as inspiration for other parents and their dinner whiteboards.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. There are no spelling or grammatical mistakes, just a few play-on-words (ex: “hair apparent” instead of “heir” but this was intentional). Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and laughed out loud at quite a few of the pictures. The drawings I described above are just a small sampling of this 52-page book. There’s certainly something for everyone between these pages.
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