Our November twitter chat celebrated ‘Food Glorious Food’. We were very privileged to have Hazel Edwards….the creator of the very iconic cake eating Hippo as our special guest.

As the countdown to the scrumptious food celebration began…Pre-chat snacks were shared!

Favourite food themed books included the very popular ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ by Dr Seuss, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle, ‘The Incredible Book Eating Boy’ by Oliver Jeffers and ‘Kitchen Disco’ by Clare Foges and Al Murphy.

We also had a couple of classic favourites mentioned. These included ‘Ice Creams for Rosie’ by David and Rhonda Armitage, ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi and Ron Barrett and ‘Story-time in the Land of Nowhere’ by Mary Kendal Lee. Here we saw a glorious Ice Cream shop painted cream…covered in flags and bunting.

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We all agreed that a ‘food theme’ in picture books is so popular because it’s relatable to all. It was also mentioned that picture books that include food often include enjoyment, gluttonous behavior, mischief or something that is giggle worthy!

Hazel also mentioned that food is often linked to children’s books with all the spectacular launch cakes she has had! What an awesome combo…cake and glorious Picture Books!

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A further amazing food themed book launch was ‘Antarctic Dad’. This featured white themed food including meringue ice-burgs, fish and icy-poles.

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We all agreed that the purpose of food in picture books includes connectivity,  celebration, education of smart food choices and encouraging readers to taste something new! It was also mentioned that by having food themed picture books, it gives an insight into food from different cultures.

There was a wide range of foods the chat participants would like to see more of in Picture books! Brussel sprouts and celery were given a shout out as it was though they are poorly represented! Others chose some favourite cuisines including spaghetti, sushi, bubble tea and burgers! We also agreed it would be beneficial to see more picture books showing the journey of how food gets to our plates. Furthermore the importance and benefits of sourcing local produce.

After our four ‘Food Glorious Food’ themed questions it was time to hand over to Hazel!

We discovered that ‘Feymouse’ is one of Hazel’s most favourite characters in her books. Feymouse if a big clumsy cat born into a family of highly talented mice.

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A fun fact about Hazel’s iconic Hippo! Her four year old son suggested the character! The size of our grand ol friendly Hippo makes him reassuring for children.

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We had such a fun time celebrate ‘Food Glorious Food’ !! Thank you to everyone who joined us and our special guest Hazel Edwards.

To check out the whole chat head over to storify-

Our next chat will be Thursday 7th December at 8pm AEST. Stay tuned for details of our next theme and guest by subscribing to the blog and following us on Twitter at @picturebookbc!

We look forward to seeing you then!

Join us for our last chat of 2017 and celebrate the awesomeness of Picture Books 🙂

– Nicola 🙂