Author: Marsha Casper Cook
Illustrator: Mikey Brooks
Publisher: Fideli Publishing Inc.
Released: November 30, 2018
Format: Kindle, Paperback, Audio
Reviewer: Ellwyn Autumn
Rating: 4 Lemon Drops
A cautionary tale of a picky eater who learns to trust his gut!
Addison Apple is frustrated. He doesn’t like oatmeal; he doesn’t like to eat anything his mother makes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. One day, his mother agrees to let him eat whatever he wants. For three days Addison gladly eats as much candy, ice-cream, cake and potato chips as he can. Then, something unexpected happens, he starts to feel sick and learns the valuable lesson that sometimes you can have too much of a good thing.
In Snack Attack, Addison encapsulates the typical picky eater who frowns at anything without an ounce of sugar, saccharine or high-fructose corn syrup. Like all good parents, his mother, hoping to teach her son the value of good nutrition, gives him the leeway he needs to learn from making poor food choices.
Snack Attack is a terrific story to introduce children to the benefits of healthy eating and the consequences of not doing so. I also appreciated the health and safety messages woven into the story. Through Addison, children learn what happens when you eat too much junk food and how the body craves nutritious food to maintain proper health.
Brooks’ illustrations are bright, colorful and add a simple cheerfulness to the story that readers will enjoy. Together, Cook and Brooks, have created a story with meaningful lessons that unfold naturally without sounding too preachy.
I could easily see this book used as a supplement to a Nutrition themed lesson and displayed in various Pre-Kindergraten/Kindergarten classroom centers: Science, Library, Art, Writing
After an intentional read aloud and discussion of the book, students could sort healthy/unhealthy foods, write a list of their favorite healthy snacks and sample fruit and vegetables.
I give it 4 Lemon Drops!