Good Enough To Eat
By Brock Cole
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374327378, 32pp.)
Publication Date: September 18, 2007
Categories: Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
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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.
BROCK COLE is the author and/or illustrator of many books. His picture books include Buttons, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book, and Larky Mavis, and his critically acclaimed novels include The Goats and Celine. Most recently, he illustrated George Washington's Teeth, written by Deborah Chandra and Madeleine Comora, which was selected as an ALA Notable Book. He lives in Buffalo, New York.
"Cole is a master at conveying the emotions of the characters, both animal and human. This engaging story and its resourceful heroine will appeal to many children."—Starred, School Library Journal "A beguiling mix of rhythmic prose and snatches of verse . . . Fine fare for reading alone or aloud."—Starred, Kirkus Reviews "Satisfying fare indeed."--The Horn Book "A spunky and self-contained folkloric heroine whose victory has nothing to do with getting the prince, our protagonist will be welcomed by many young listeners."—Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books "In both text and art, Cole...delivers an original fairy tale with lingering emotional resonance."—Starred, Publisher's Weekly