Get ready, get set, here comes cooking with Henry and Elliebelly! Today they're going to make up some special dishes just for you. Do you like raspberry-marshmallow-peanut-butter-waffles? Are you hungry for barbecued banana-bacon? There's never a dull moment when Henry and Elliebelly are in the kitchen. Don't touch that dial; we'll be right back!
There's so much to love about this book. Henry is a delightful character. Sure, Elliebelly might end up stealing the spotlight just a touch, but Henry is patient, loving, and able to go with the flow. I also love his idea of television and all of the conventions (like commercials) that come with it. I love that it's told entirely in voices; it makes it feel like it is their story. This book is a celebration of the imagination, and, for me, it was a jump start to my imagination. I totally picture Henry and Elliebelly living in New York City, where, when they're not hosting a TV show, they go to children's classes at art museums and have adventures in Central Park. Their mom is an architect or a fashion designer (something where she uses a drawing board). They also have an awesome babysitter for when their parents go out. None of this is present in the book itself, but it was like I knew all about what I imagined their backstory to be. Similarly, Dan Yaccarino's illustration is awesomely deceptively simple, but every object is a delight. At one point there's a hamster who's rolled in on a ball; it looks like he wandered in from another story. When even a background image has a story to tell, you know this is something special. Don't miss this book.