Sunday, June 22, 2008


Henry and the Hidden Veggie Garden is written by Kimberly Williams-Paisley (yes, that would be Mr. Brad Paisley's wife) and illustrated by Gurney Williams III. Together, they tell the story of Henry, a boy who loves junk food and hates eating vegetables. In fact, he doesn't even know what a lot of vegetables are! When Henry's mother decides it's time for some changes, she sends him to spend some time with his cousin Huck who lives on a big farm in the country.

Henry is very unsure about a lot of the things he sees on the farm, especially all the vegetables and how much Huck loves them. When Huck tells Henry a little secret about all those vegetables, Henry's mind is changed and he slowly starts to see what everyone else does in the yummy foods.

The premise of this book is good, getting kids to eat veggies, I only have one real complaint, that being that on a lot of pages, the text portion is quite long. From my experience, that can cause kids to lose interest after awhile. I think the same thoughts could be conveyed in shorter paragraphs. Just an opinion though! Other than that, it's a pretty decent offering, especially considering it was written by a celebrity. We librarians and bloggers all know how that usually turns out!

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