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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.