Good enough to eat

by Cole, Brock.

Format: Print Book 2007
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
Available (6)
Location Collection Call #
Bethel Park Public Library Picture Books PB COLE Brock
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Picture Books
Call Number  PB COLE Brock
CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Picture Books j Fic Cole
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Picture Books
Call Number  j Fic Cole
Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Easy Readers J E Col
Location  Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale
Collection  Easy Readers
Call Number  J E Col
Cooper-Siegel Community Library Picture Book E COL
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
Collection  Picture Book
Call Number  E COL
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Picture Books j Ea COLE
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Picture Books
Call Number  j Ea COLE
Pleasant Hills Public Library Picture Book Juv Pict Col
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
Collection  Picture Book
Call Number  Juv Pict Col

Once there was a poor girl who had no mama and no papa and nothing at all, not even a name.

But then one day an Ogre comes knocking at the town's gate, threatening to ravage the town unless the townspeople give him one of their fair maidens. Of course they pick this poor girl to be sacrificed. They dress her in a gown and a paper crown, put her in a sack, and leave her for the Ogre. But this brave and clever girl manages to outwit the Ogre and all the townspeople, too, earning a purse full of gold, a fine sharp sword, and most important, a fitting name for herself: Good-Enough-to-Eat.

This satisfying story has the feel of a classic fairy tale, brought to life by Brock Cole's expressive watercolors.

Good Enough To Eat is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "An orphan girl who has nothing, not even a name, begs for food and shelter from contemptuous townspeople. Then a giant, comically hideous ogre arrives and threatens to destroy the village unless he is given a fair maiden to wed. After a cursory vote, the girl is handed over to the ogre, who roars back, Not enough! before devouring handfuls of livestock. The girl asks the villagers for gold and a knife to appease the ogre, stabs the beast when she's back in its clutches, and sets off with the gold to start a new life. Cole borrows familiar fairy-tale elements the monster who claims a maid, the occasional rhyming songs, violence that's softened by magic and weaves them into a witty, original story. The scribbly ink-and-watercolor images don't always make the most of the story's dramatic energy; the many clumps of villagers in the pictures do little to enhance the story. There are numerous standout spreads, though, and kids will easily be drawn in by the sly humor, surprising twists, and clever heroine.--Engberg, Gillian Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "As in Larky Mavis, Cole introduces an eccentric village misfit who emerges a heroine. The bedraggled lass lives on the streets, selling "stale buns and paper birds," begging for food ("Sometimes she would starve") and singing aloud, much to the displeasure of the villagers who alternately dub her Scraps-and-Smells, Skin-and-Bones or Sweets-and-Treats. The mayor, an impotently compassionate patriarch adorned in purple finery, won't let them run her out of town, claiming, "The poor are always with us, and no good deed goes unrewarded." When a foul ogre threatens to ravage the village if he isn't given a maiden to wed, the residents gladly offer up the gawky young woman, whom they truss up in an ill-fitting gown and battered paper crown. The creature rejects her on sight, but she slyly persuades the townsfolk that the ogre wants both a dowry and a sharp sword. After the ogre swallows maiden, gold and jewels, and sword, the heroine slays the creature and outwits the villagers to strike off on her own, fully equipped with treasure. Cole speeds the action with his bustling ink-and-watercolor washes of the villagers, none of them who seems to pause, neither the well-dressed man who claps his hand over his purse when asked for help nor the plump lady with the disapproving expressions. In both text and art, Cole indicts the hypocritical villagers and delivers an original fairy tale with lingering emotional resonance. Ages 5-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Orphans -- Juvenile fiction.
Homeless persons -- Juvenile fiction.
Ghouls and ogres -- Juvenile fiction.
Orphans -- Fiction.
Homeless persons -- Fiction.
Ghouls and ogres -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Farrar Straus Giroux,2007
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
ISBN 9780374327378
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