So, what do you fancy right this minute?
A little sushi, falafel, spicy chili, or a pulled pork sandwich? Wanna wrap your lips around some Brazilian barbecue, dim sum, kimchi tacos, Indian dosas or souvlaki?
If you’re craving something sweet, there’s ice cream, Filipino halo-halo, cupcakes, frozen yogurt, red velvet pancakes, or mini donuts.
What’s that? You’d like a bite of everything? Well, you needn’t drive to a dozen places — just go to the Food Truck Fest!
Brooklyn author Alexandra Penfold and Google Doodles illustrator Mike Dutton joyfully invite readers to rustle up their appetites and sip, slurp, chew, lick and munch right through their tasty new picture book, Food Truck Fest! (FSG, 2018).
Told in rollicking rhyming couplets, this lipsmacking romp details an exciting and oh-so-satisfying outing featuring our favorite kitchens-on-wheels.
Over at the depot and up with the sun,
the food trucks get ready. Today will be fun!
Time to hustle, there’s prep work to do.
Bring in the groceries. Here comes the crew.
While the hipster crews get up and running, a family of four hurries through their morning routine.
Family’s up. It’s a hullabaloo.
First, get dressed. Where’s baby’s shoe?
The sky is clear. The weather’s great.
The lines get long. We can’t be late!
Let’s get moving, no time to rest.
Everybody’s going to the food truck fest!
The energy and anticipation are positively infectious as we see cooks stirring chili, flipping burgers, and firing up their grills. Busy, busy, busy, mixing, slicing, stirring, washing, drying.
The family loads up the car and takes to the road, joining the caravan of food trucks heading out of the city. After a quick ferry ride, everyone arrives at the festival site. The crowd’s pumped up, eager, rowdy, loud and hungry!
They wait in long lunch lines before settling down “with their hot dogs and ices, burritos, kebabs, pretzels and slices.” Yum!
But it’s about more than just the food. There’s rousing music, dancing, and a man making balloon animals. And don’t worry, there’s lots of ice cream and frozen yogurt to go around!
The best part of a food truck festival is its diversity — not only with the variety of foods being offered, but because of the people attending. Dutton’s mixed media illos depict a realistic, multi-ethnic crowd — people of all colors, sizes, shapes, and ages mingling, wandering the grounds, enjoying their al fresco treats. There’s a nice feeling of family togetherness as well as a spontaneous forging of community.
Food is what all humans have in common, after all, and it’s good to see food bringing people together. A festival such as this one is a positive socializing experience. People get to know each other while standing in line, sitting on the grass and relaxing, tasting samples, or showing off their best dance moves.
Kids will also see how hard the food truck crews work — up at dawn and doing a lot of prep even before the crowds arrive. It’s a wonder they can feed that many people from such small kitchens! And of course readers who love vehicles to begin with will enjoy seeing the different types of trucks, each with its own personality and “brand” to attract customers. I’d like to taste something from “Fro YoYo,” “Pho Sho,” and “Slow Your Roll.” 🙂
Penfold, who’s also co-written an adult food truck cookbook (New York à la Cart: Recipes & Stories from the Big Apple’s Best Food Trucks), has penned an upbeat, fun-to-read aloud text, easily convincing readers that a Food Truck Fest is one heck of a good time. Another cup of coconut coffee and two Belgian waffles, please!
FOOD TRUCK FEST!
written by Alexandra Penfold
illustrated by Mike Dutton
published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux BYR, March 2018
Picture Book for ages 2-6, 40 pp.
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