- Book Style: Storybook for toddlers and children
- Reading Level: 2 (Read with Help due to: some mid-level vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 5-7 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Cute as a button, vibrant
- Age Target: 2-6 Years of Age
Luna & Alook’s Funny Food Book is a storybook for toddlers and children that explores the wonderful world of food. We explore the world’s different foods through the eyes of our two characters: Luna and Alook. Both are cute birds that have a different view of what eating is all about. See, Alook eats just about everything, whereas Luna tries to show the more sensible side of eating. As you read the book to your little toddler, you will both learn about different foods and also about multiculturalism. It’s a great way to introduce many food concepts!
If you have a toddler like my little guy, you know firsthand that it can be impossible to get a toddler to try a new food. I found that as I read this book, it helped him to consider trying different things. He even told me that since he was older now, he would try a tomato. This is a clear benefit of the book and really what our author, Kimberley Kleczka was going for when she wrote the book. She even states that at the back of the book, so I’m happy to report that she was successful in our case.As Luna and Alooktalk about the different kinds of foods (everything from completely natural foods, to bakery goods, to fine dining, and everything in between), you’ll find yourself getting hungry. The following days, you might also find yourself discussing trying a new food. I found myself discussing what a crepe was! Mmm, French pancakes!
Now, I’ll be honest. We’ve reviewed a few books by Kimberley Kleczka in the past (Alook’s Dance in France, Klara The Cow Who Knows How to Bow) and I can say I’m a little biased. I find that she makes sure her books include a couple things that I think are both fun and important:
- Her books develop the idea of Koolamundo. Koolamundo means ‘It’s a kool world’. It is, isn’t it?
- Her books display multiculturalism through and through. Kimberley herself has quite a multicultural background, and as such she shares a true understanding of diversity.
There is one major component to Kimberley’s writing that makes it stand out next to other books. That’s really her capability for rhyming and (as a result) inducing rhythm. Almost every page in this book includes a rhyme. This in turn causes you (the parent) to read in a song-like rhythm. I know how much it helps me to read a book with a bit of a pattern and I know it helps my toddler to retain information.Apoorva Dingar has illustrated this book, like many of Kimberley’s books. She’s done so in her typical fun style. All of the characters are vibrant and pop off the page. All of the backgrounds and objects are colorful and are fun to look at. My little guy kept pointing out that the two main characters were birds and that they liked to eat. He also pointed out that Alook liked to eat donuts when we went past that illustration (I noticed too…of course). When he stops me like this, I know he’s engaged and enjoying the story.
Kimberley’s books are always accompanied by a great number of extras. She truly brings together a package of products that are sold with all of her books. With that in mind, here’s a read along video for Luna and Alook’s Funny Food Book:
Also provided with the book is the book’s sing along!
Kimberly also has a pretty substantial website with other songs, books, and a great deal more at Koolamundo.com. Check it out!For the next 4 days – December 5 to December 9, 2016, Kimberley Kleczka’s Luna and Alook’s Funny Food Book is going to be free on Kindle! Here’s the link for that: Luna and Alook. If you happen to miss that promotion, it’s a pretty inexpensive book for all that you get (Kindle – $2.92 USD, Paperback – $9.47 USD).
Until next time, Smash, Crash, and Learn!