Rutabaga the Adventure Chef: Book 1 by Eric Colossal
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by Harry N. Abrams
My main problem with this book is that it doesn't quite know its audience. Everything is perfectly geared towards elementary children until about the middle of the book when there is a frame of "tongue" kissing then from that point on the story's violence goes up a notch to being more suitable for middle graders. Near the end, there is also a scene elementary children may find too emotional when some Viking-type warriors cut open a creature's stomach and find the skull of their mother inside. For myself, I enjoyed it well enough. The magical recipes throughout are cute but weird and then there is a couple of real recipes at the end of the book, which makes it feel strange for a middle schooler's read. The art is cute but overall this book a bit of a strange animal.