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Chef Yasmina and the Potato Panic



written and illustrated by
Wauter Mannaert

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmilla
Imprint
First Second
ISBN
9781250622044
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Crime: Theft
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In this silly, action-packed middle-grade graphic novel, a young chef is the only one who can protect her town from an onslaught of scientifically enhanced, highly addictive potatoes.

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, quite literally, addictive! The whole city—and even Yasmina's dad—is going mad for these potatoes. And what's more, they're slobbering, chasing cats, and howling at the moon!

What's the secret ingredient in these potatoes that has everyone acting like a bunch of crazy canines? Yasmina needs to find a cure, and fast!Author’s note. Early concept sketches. Full-color illustrations using digital colors and brush pen.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Crime: Theft

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

160

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 6"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Mar 2021

Book Genres

Graphic Novels, Science Fiction

Topics

Cooking. Food. Fathers and daughters. City life. Community gardens. Garden pests. Rabbits. Pestsicides. Organic gardening. Misuse of scientific discoveries. Villains.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-7–Eleven-year-old budding chef and amateur urban plant forager Yasmina relies on the extra bounty of her feuding gardener friends Cyril and Marco to cook delicious vegetarian meals for herself and her debt-ridden father, Omran. When a shady businessman buys and demolishes Cyril’s and Marco’s gardens to start a nefarious potato enterprise, Yasmina resorts to stealing from the rooftop garden on their Belgian city apartment. Meanwhile, city residents who are addicted to a new brand of potatoes terrorize the streets. With the help of the reclusive but brilliant upstairs scientist Amaryllis, Yasmina, her father, and her friends must address the strange behavior. The narrative relies heavily on the art, resulting in pacing that ebbs and flows until the action heats up in the final third. Often, there are long stretches of pages that contain art but no dialogue, requiring readers to pay close attention to the illustrations. Mannaert immerses readers in urban and naturalistic settings, an effect aided by borderless panel shapes that grow and shrink. While creative visuals set the book apart, it lacks character background that would have added depth. Visual clues allude to Yasmina and her father being Muslim but do not provide a clear definition of their ethnicity. Bonus features include an author’s note, a short comic about Belgians’ love of French fries, and behind-the-scenes concept art. ­VERDICT Those without a solid grounding in the graphic novel format may have a hard time making it through. Still, for intrepid readers, this is a thought-provoking tale of plant hybridization gone awry that will spur discussion on food ­genetic modification and business ethics.–Pearl Derlaga, York County P.L., VA

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-7–Eleven-year-old budding chef and amateur urban plant forager Yasmina relies on the extra bounty of her feuding gardener friends Cyril and Marco to cook delicious vegetarian meals for herself and her debt-ridden father, Omran. When a shady businessman buys and demolishes Cyril’s and Marco’s gardens to start a nefarious potato enterprise, Yasmina resorts to stealing from the rooftop garden on their Belgian city apartment. Meanwhile, city residents who are addicted to a new brand of potatoes terrorize the streets. With the help of the reclusive but brilliant upstairs scientist Amaryllis, Yasmina, her father, and her friends must address the strange behavior. The narrative relies heavily on the art, resulting in pacing that ebbs and flows until the action heats up in the final third. Often, there are long stretches of pages that contain art but no dialogue, requiring readers to pay close attention to the illustrations. Mannaert immerses readers in urban and naturalistic settings, an effect aided by borderless panel shapes that grow and shrink. While creative visuals set the book apart, it lacks character background that would have added depth. Visual clues allude to Yasmina and her father being Muslim but do not provide a clear definition of their ethnicity. Bonus features include an author’s note, a short comic about Belgians’ love of French fries, and behind-the-scenes concept art. ­VERDICT Those without a solid grounding in the graphic novel format may have a hard time making it through. Still, for intrepid readers, this is a thought-provoking tale of plant hybridization gone awry that will spur discussion on food ­genetic modification and business ethics.–Pearl Derlaga, York County P.L., VA

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