Booklist *STAR* Freyman, Saxton and Elffers, Joost. Fast Food. Mar. 2006. 32p. Illus. by Saxton Freyman. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $12.99 (0-439-11019-X).
PreS-Gr. 2. Like Freymann and Elffers' other books, such as How Are You Peeling? (1999) and Food for Thought (2005), this picture book takes a theme (here, transportation) and illustrates it with exceptionally clear color photos of ephemeral, sometimes whimsical sculptures created from fruits and vegetables. As quietly witty as its title, the book is narrated by a little mushroom man who suggests different ways of getting about: on foot or by skateboard, wheelchair, bicycle, skis, car, bus, truck, train, sailboat, submarine, airplane, blimp, or rocket. The playful text gallops along smoothly in rhymed couplets, while the illustrations work their inimitable charm. Little mushroom, radish, and gingerroot people drive around in cars made from a variety of foods: peppers, a cucumber, a sweet potato, and (wait for it . . .) a lemon. Because the pear-based helicopter (runners made of string beans, blades of peapods, and piloted by a radish head with a confident smile) is photographed slightly from below and suspended above the tops of leafy parsley stalks, it appears to hover above trees. Clean book design and vivid color reproduction ensure that the art takes center stage here. This handsome book is both a uniquely entertaining addition to preschool and primary-grade units on transportation and an irresistible invitation for children to play creatively with their food. -Carolyn Phelan
KIRKUS STARRED 1/1/06
FAST FOOD by Freyman, Saxton ISBN 0-439-11019-X; $ 12.99; all ages; 32 pages
Freyman's parade if inventively carved and combined fruits and veggies rolls on, this time demonstrating modes of travel, He starts with feet (actual mushroom stems) of course, and continues through skates and scooters, a wheelchair, skis, automobiles, a fire truck, a passengshow more