|Chef Yasmina and the potato panic|
Author: Mannaert, Wauter
Eleven-year-old Yasmina and her single dad lead a modest life in a cramped apartment in a bustling city. But even though money is tight, they eat like kings. Every day, Yasmina uses her cookbooks and fresh vegetables from the community garden to whip up gourmet meals. That is, until the day the garden is bulldozed and replaced by a field of scientifically enhanced potatoes that are addictive and that alter the behavior of those who eat them! In graphic novel format.
Kirkus Reviews (01/01/21)
School Library Journal (00/01/21)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/12/20)
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Booklist - 01/01/2021 Yasmina is a whiz in the kitchen, whipping up healthy, delectable vegetarian dinners for her dad every night and sending him off to work at the french-fry shop with another one every morning. She knows her way around the local gardens, too, both the one on the roof of her building, overseen by a mysterious recluse, and the one down the street, where two local gardeners wage war with each other. All forces must band together, though, when Tom de Perre and his menacing agri-business take over and start manufacturing a potato product that sends the public quite literally to the dogs. A delicious and nutritious concoction of fun, thrills, and consumer consciousness, this comic from the Belgian Mannaert cooks up heartfelt characters, an exciting sci-fi mystery, and a bunny gag worthy of old Bugs himself. This feast doesn’t just taste good, though; Mannaert’s use of the comics form is expert, offering engagingly clever visuals and a wonderfully evocative sense of place in his detailed splash pages and realistic, inviting depiction of Yasmina's city neighborhood. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.