All Four Stars: Book Review

April 12th, 2015 by

all-four-starsRegular Kidsmomo readers are well aware that I love food. Oh, sorry, did I say I love it? What I meant to say is that I loooooooooooove it. LOVE LOVE LOVE. If I could marry food, I would. I’d dress up a delicious slice of salmon sashimi in a tux and vow my lifelong devotion. Then wedding guests would throw cookie crumbs as I walked down the aisle and I’d try to catch them all in my mouth.

Oops, I think I got a little carried away there… You get the idea. I positively lurve food!

And so does Gladys, the sixth grade star of All Four Stars by Tara Dairman. Gladys has been perfecting her cooking skills and taking notes about every meal she eats since she was 7 years old. But she’s had to do it in secret because her parents want her to focus on more “normal kid” activities like playing video games and going to the mall.

So what can Gladys do when she’s mistaken for a professional food reviewer and assigned a story for one of the biggest newspapers in the country? Well, she obviously can’t turn it down because it’s her dream — but she can’t tell her parents either.

What ensues is a series of hilarious misadventures as Gladys attempts to visit the dessert restaurant in New York that she’s been assigned to review — before her deadline and without her parents finding out!

If you love food as much as I do —wait, I’m not sure that’s even possible… But if you love food anywhere close to how much I do, then you will thoroughly enjoy this book. Dare I say you’ll gobble it up? (Har har.)

Just check out this food description from Gladys, about some cakes that sound pretty delicious:

“Layered high on their plates, they’re as tall and teetering as a lady in high-heeled shoes, but feel as moist in your mouth as the Amazon rain forest on a rainy day. Their flavors will send your taste buds on a trip around the world: the Moroccan cake features pistachio and cardamom, the Chinese cake has green tea and sesame seeds, and the Belgian cake has chocolate and… well, more chocolate.”

Even if you’re not a foodie, I think you’ll still like reading about Gladys’ funny exploits. She definitely goes to great lengths in her attempts to make her dream come true. And it’s also fun just to read about her interactions with the other kids in town.

If you’ve already read this book, please leave a comment and let me know (including how many stars you would give the book, obviously)! Or leave a comment telling everyone your favorite food, or the worst thing you’ve ever eaten!

— Karen

The worst thing Karen ever ate was fermented soybean, which is a Japanese delicacy. But actually, she tried it again at a different restaurant later and it wasn’t so bad!

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