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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Yummy Stories: Six Stories to Stimulate Your Mind and Appetite is a children's book written by Lil L. Alexander and illustrated by Anda Cofaru. Each story is a fairy tale or fable. The Pea and the Princess may remind some readers of Jack and the Beanstalk as well as the more obvious fairy tale. Cheekerchuck is the story of an old woman who finds a giant egg in her garden. The Three Garden Fairies is the story of a man and his dog who find a bridge to an enchanted wood where fairies are quarreling about who should be crowned queen. The Strawberry That Liked to Brag is an interactive story whose ending depends on what the reader decides.
Lil L. Alexander's children's book, Yummy Stories, is filled with stories about vegetables and fruits. Sounds pretty tame, right? Wrong! Each of these very yummy stories is a perfect little gem of a fractured fairy tale. They're clever and witty and designed to make you smile with delight as you read -- and, unless you're made of stone, smile you will. Alexander's rhymes are elegant and earthy all at once, and they're never forced or obvious. These stories beg to be read aloud, and I had to restrain myself from doing just that as I read. Anda Cofaru's illustrations are superb! Each page is a giant watercolor filled with lush green landscapes where giant broccoli stalk trees seem very much in place. I especially loved the asparagus-spear fence in the strawberry tale. Yummy Stories is a yummy book indeed, and it is most highly recommended.