Book of the Week: Edgar, Allan, and Poe, and the Tell Tale Beets

Edgar, Allan, and Poe, and the Tell Tale Beets by Natalie Rompella and Francois Ruyer (Illustrator)

Published: Lobster Press 2009

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

Most people I know HATE beets, I don’t. I LOVE them, and loved how this book featured them.

This book shows just how picky and choosy children can be when it comes to food. It makes me glad to know I’m not the only one!

The book pays homage to (one) of my favorite author/poet: Edgar Allan Poe. And I love how, in the book, Edgar Allan Poe isn’t one character, but three main characters.

Even though Edgar, Allan, and Poe are sneaky tricksters, they mean no harm. It’s all in good spirited fun. Well … maybe not for the beets who often get shoved under the loose floorboard.

The characters are just as imaginative as the book is. For example the boys decide to distract their mother by telling her a giant wearing an Elvis styled wig was standing outside of their window . (While she’s looking out of the window, the boys dispose of their detested dinner).

After a few days pass the food disposed under the floorboard comes back to haunt them. Edgar, Allan, and Poe begin to hear “Beet, beet – beet, beet.”

I liked how the book illustrated what could happen when food is disposed improperly. And makes people realize the importance of using a trash can.

I like how the boys, once smelling the reeking remains of the beets, realize how wrong it was of them to be wasteful.

The book shows how even though it’s okay not to like certain things, it’s important to try those things before judging them.

It also shows that when you do something wrong and are deceitful there will always be consequences for your actions.

It shows how children are often remorseful for their action, especially when they know they’ve done wrong.

The colors and the illustrations are bold, rich, and beautiful! (just like the beets!)

The writing is fun, and whimsical. This aspect of the book will make readers laugh out loud – especially when the food combines and erupts out of the floorboard and onto poor Edgar).

I really loved how the book named various kinds of food that most kids (and people in general) dislike: liver, beets, brussels sprouts, squash. This aspect added a believable quality.

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