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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Do you enjoy your veggies? Or would you prefer to have sausage for dinner? In Corina Stanescu and Bianca Silva’s book, The Veggie Mischief, there is a plot in the works inside the fridge. The veggies are making a stand. They want to be chosen as the special entrée for dinner tonight, instead of the usual menu. Mannie the Sausage is always picked. Brocco the Broccoli and Ben the Beans Prince are banding all the veggies together to make a fart attack, to stink up the fridge. Only, their plan goes ‘bad’ when Mom decides the veggies have deteriorated and she decides to chuck them in the bin. But wait! There is magic in the works and Mom makes another plan, one that will have all the food working together to make a yummy healthy meal.
Corina Stanescu and Bianca Silva’s picture book, The Veggie Mischief, is full of fun and laughter and a whole lot of good tips about healthy eating. The plot follows Brocco as he formulates his plan to take over the fridge and get recognized as the food of choice for dinner. His plan fails, but he’s ever resourceful, as are his buddies. This is a great story to entertain and educate and young readers will chuckle along as they learn about healthy foods, and how to combine foods from the different food groups to make a meal that’s not only good to eat but is good for the body. There are even some great recipes at the end of the book to encourage young readers to work in the kitchen and learn how to prepare delicious wholesome foods. The story also educates young readers about collaborating, seeing plans through to completion, and realizing when your plan really isn’t that good a plan. Brocco was able to stand up for himself and his beliefs and so can young readers. The illustrations are an added bonus and certainly add to the hilarity of the plot.