I Do Not Like Asparagus!

Children - Picture Book
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 05/16/2023
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Reviewed by Ana-Maria Leasa for Readers' Favorite

I Do Not Like Asparagus! by Laurel Lorenzini is a children’s book that teaches the importance of eating vegetables such as asparagus. This story takes the reader on a colorful journey full of interesting facts about the world. The story presents Daisy, her sister, Elsie, and their mother, who tries to convince Daisy to give asparagus a chance, a vegetable that does not look tempting to her. The author introduces alternatives to eating asparagus, options that are both funny and educational and will capture the reader’s attention. Will Daisy eat her vegetables and be able to have dessert afterward or will her mother’s efforts be in vain?

One of the aspects of I Do Not Like Asparagus! by Laurel Lorenzini that I enjoyed was the educational side of the story. Through Daisy's sister's and mother’s amusing and ingenious way of making her eat asparagus, new and interesting facts are presented, such as how they use seaweed in their everyday meals in Japan or how the desert can be a dangerous place because there is quicksand. I also liked the way that the illustrations by Amanda Letcher managed to capture the message and emotions of the story. I could see how Daisy was upset as she was swallowed by the quicksand in the desert, or how her mother patiently explained that you should never give up on something at least until you try it, in this case, asparagus.

Doreen Chombu

I Do Not Like Asparagus! is a children's picture book about the importance of eating vegetables. It is written by Laurel Lorenzini with illustrations by Amanda Letcher. Daisy has never tasted asparagus and does not want to eat it. Her mother and sister, Elsie, try to coax her into taking a bite, but she insists she would rather be anywhere else. Daisy envisions herself in a desert, the ocean, space, Japan, India, and many more places. Unfortunately, her mother and sister are always there, crashing her dreams by informing her that some of these locations are full of danger and vegetables are also there. Will Daisy ever eat her vegetables? And will she ever learn to like and appreciate them for their taste and nutritional value?

I Do Not Like Asparagus! is a unique tale that will grab children's attention and entertain them. Little Daisy is an adorable character with a determined spirit. Her sister and mother brought out her competitive nature and gradually taught her the importance of eating healthily. Laurel Lorenzini will take you on a wild adventure and make you fall in love with these characters. I loved the colorful illustrations because they brought the story to life. They are comical and remind me of funny family cartoon shows. What children eat is an essential aspect of their growth, and it is up to adults to help them understand how food works in their bodies. This will give children a better understanding of having a balanced diet. A cute book with an important message. Great work.