- Book Style: Storybook for children
- Reading Level: 2 (Read with Help due to: some mid-level vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 5-7 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Colorful, expressive, cute
- Age Target: 2-6 Years of Age
Luna & Alook’s Funny Food Book is a children’s storybook that explores the different cuisines in the world. We find two differing personalities in the two main characters and they each go about trying food in a different way. Alook eats just about everything, whereas Luna tries to show the more sensible side of eating. Both of the main characters are birds after my own heart, as they’re avid eaters of just about anything! In the end, your child will learn about different foods and also about multiculturalism and the difference between many countries…at least in terms of their food.
You’ll probably find yourself hungry at the end of this book. What’s more, you might find yourself making some different foods for your child or toddler to try. The book runs through a ton of different foods from different cultures and societies. Luna and Alook run through everything from completely natural foods, to bakery goods, to fine dining, and everything in between.
If you have a child anything like mine, you know how difficult it can be to get a child to try a new food. I find myself wanting to pin my toddler down and force feed him. I, of course, don’t (please don’t call social services) but I did find that this book helped him to consider trying different things. He even told me that since he was older now, he would try a tomato. This is a clear benefit of the book and really what our author, Kimberley Kleczka was going for when she wrote the book.
She wanted to introduce the idea of different foods to children; she wanted to bring the idea of different parts of the world having different cuisine; she wanted to encourage trying different foods.
- They develop the idea of Koolamundo. Koolamundo means ‘It’s a kool world’, and our author really embodies this spirit with each and everyone of her books.
- They help children to see the multicultural nature of our world. They drive an understanding of diversity.
All of Kimberley’s books do those things, but they also all nail rhythm and rhyming, which as I’m sure you know are a key component to your child enjoying a book. Almost every page in every one of the author’s books are two sentence rhymes that drive a song-like rhythm in you and your child’s reading. It’s a great pattern and I think the author executes this really well in this latest book. As I’m sure you can imagine, it is a little difficult to rhyme food! Empanadas, anyone?
Another thing this book does exceptionally well is found in its illustrations. Apoorva Dingar has illustrated this book, like many of Kimberley’s books. She’s done so in her typical cute, vibrant, and fun way. All of the characters are such fun to look at. My little guy kept pointing out that the two main characters were birds and that they liked to eat. He pointed out that Alook liked to eat donuts when we went past that illustration. These kinds of interactions prove to me that he’s engaged and enjoying the story.
As always, the books by our author is accompanied by a great number of extras. She truly brings together a package of products that are sold with all of her books. For example, here’s a read along video for Luna and Alook’s Funny Food Book:
Also provided with the book is the book’s sing along!
Kimberly also has a pretty substantial website with other songs, books, and a great deal more at Koolamundo.com.
For the next few days, Kimberley Kleczka’s latest book entitled Luna and Alook’s Funny Food Book is going to be free on Kindle! Here’s the link for that: Luna and Alook. If you happen to miss that promotion, it’s a pretty inexpensive book for all that you get (Kindle – $2.92 USD, Paperback – $9.47 USD).
Until next time, Smash, Crash, and Learn!