Review: Mr. Crum’s Potato Predicament
A fairy tale about potato chips?
A restaurant patron insists that his potatoes are too thick! Undercooked! Too bland! He sends them back to the kitchen, where the George Crum cooks potatoes again. And again. And again. Until he cleverly decides to slice the potatoes SO THIN and cook them SO MUCH and add A LOT of salt…… and hey! Potato chips are invented! This is some A+ historical fiction. Firstly, we are not beaten over the head with the author’s research over the subject. There is information at the back of the book on George Crum, but there aren’t facts strewn in to the book. Secondly, it’s fun, hilarious, and…. educational! The author uses Big Words in such a playful and kind of silly way that you won’t even notice that you are learning what punctilious means. Great wordplay. Thirdly, this book has representation. The subject, George Crum, was of Native American and African American heritage. There are African American and white patrons in the restaurant, but again the reader is not given instruction or even information on race except in the notes in the very back.
This book is super fun, my 5 year old and 2 year old loved it, and I think older kids would too. It’s fun to read and the illustrations are gorgeous. I would definitely give this book as a birthday present or buy it for my own kids.
Mr Crum’s Potato Predicament
Story by Anne Renaud, Illustrated by Felicita Sala
Kids Can Press
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