A Few Bites by Cybele Young

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It’s time for Ferdie to eat lunch, but he'd much rather find the special part for his fighter ship. When big sister Viola promises to help him, he comes to the table. But he finds broccoli on his plate, and carrots! Ever resourceful and imaginative, Viola convinces Ferdie that dinosaurs from the Jurassic ate broccoli to escape their fiercest predators, and that carrots are just like the Orange Power Sticks that aliens eat for super vision. Does't Ferdie want to be just like them? Viola continues to persuade Ferdie to eat up, but when her energy finally flags, it’s Ferdie's turn to create a wonderful surprise.

Just as in A Few Blocks, an ordinary event seen through a child's eyes becomes an amazing adventure. This time the children switch back and forth between the lunch table and the elaborate fantasy worlds they imagine (shown in Cybèle Young's intricate paper sculptures, which she has created from paintings of the children’s surroundings). At the end of the story, the world of the imagination and the everyday magically come together, and Viola and Ferdie each enjoy a few bites.
 

About Cybele Young

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Cybèle Young is an award-winning artist who exhibits her exquisite paper sculpture (Japanese paper printed with etched copperplates) internationally. She has illustrated several books for children, including Pa's Harvest by Jan Andrews, which was nominated for a Governor General's Award for Illustration and Jack Pine by Christopher Patton. She has most recently written and illustrated A Few Blocks, a Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book and Ten Birds, winner of a Governor General's Award for Illustration. She lives with her family in Toronto.
 
Published September 4, 2012 by Groundwood Books. 48 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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Using painted paper scenes of the city that are cut into shapes of familiar objects, Young constructs new scenes based on the children’s imaginings: Railings and staircases are cut into wave shapes, street signs are transformed into flying fish and the buildings become a giant squid.

Aug 10 2011 | Read Full Review of A Few Bites

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Viola has made lunch for her little brother Ferdie: broccoli, carrot sticks, ravioli.

Aug 08 2012 | Read Full Review of A Few Bites

Publishers Weekly

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Young's A Few Blocks pitted the imaginative powers of a girl named Viola against the stubbornness of her younger brother, Ferdie.

Aug 20 2012 | Read Full Review of A Few Bites

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