Children’s Book Alert! Yummy Stories by Lil L. Alexander

Yummy Stories Children's Book Cover

Yummy Stories Book Cover by Lil L Alexander

When I was a kid, I loved to read! I would have loved this book too, for many reasons. The book I am reviewing here is Yummy Stories: six stories to stimulate your mind and appetite by Lil L. Alexander. This is an honest review I am doing in exchange for receiving a copy of the book from the author, who found me through The Indie View. I do not make money in any way from this review; I support Indie writers!

The book is such fun. It is intended for kids ages 4-8. It has six stories within the illustrated book. The illustrations, by the way, are brightly colored, high-quality and fun; they enhance the story and would keep children interested in the read. The illustrator is Anda Cofaru.

As for the short stories, they are fairy tales with a very cool twist. They teach kids about the importance of eating healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables through fun lessons taught by the fictional characters in the stories. And, here’s the brilliant part, it’s not over the top at all! I mean, it doesn’t throw a hard-core message at kids to eat their vegetables; the message is done in a playful way that would, I think, appeal to youngsters.

As well, and here’s what I didn’t expect, there are fun, short poems throughout the book. Yes! I know! There is at least one poem in each story; sometimes the poem explains the message behind the tale or, other times, it’s to encourage kids to smile or laugh. I love sharing the world of poetry, so the concept that kids would be reading poems in this book is totally cool in my opinion! (Calm down Christy, hehe)

I give this children’s book 5 out of 5 stars. I mean, come on. It makes eating cabbage sound fun and endorses poetry. Plus, so many smiles would come from reading this book to a young child. Oh! And the author has very cool art on Instagram that she makes out of vegetables, fruits and greens; I started following her there and wanted to tell you in case it interests you too.

Do you read children’s books very often?
 
 
©2015 Christy Birmingham

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75 thoughts on “Children’s Book Alert! Yummy Stories by Lil L. Alexander

  1. macjam47

    I love children’s books and it sounds like this one offers a lot. I will have to get my hands on a copy to give to my granddaughter when she’s a bit older, and of course, I have to read it too. Hugs!

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  2. balroop2013

    Hi Christy,

    This seems to be a very promising book, with a modern perspective and practicalities of raising children who have to eat healthy. Stories are more effective to convey such points. Thanks for sharing yummy review.
    Are you a Kindle member?

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Hi Balroop, using stories to convey an educational message is great when it’s done in a fun way like in this book. I am not a Kindle member, no. I hope your weekend is a wonderful, my friend!

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  3. CORRIE WOERDE

    DEAR CHRISTY
    I SHOULD LOVE TO READ IT AND WHEN HE’S OLD ENOUGH READ IT TO MY GRANDSON LARS,WHO’S 5 MONTHS OLD NOW! 😉

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  4. ladysighs

    Cool book indeed! I love children’s books too and not just because I was an elementary teacher. Some books you look at or read once. Done! But so many children’s books you can read over and over again and enjoy more and more every time. Sounds like this is one of those books. 🙂

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  5. Lil L. Alexander

    Hi Christy, thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful words about Yummy Stories. They warmed my heart.
    I just made a second edition, which includes a coloring page with the Cheekerchuck character. The print format will be available in a few days for all those interested. Happy weekend everyone!

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Hi Lil,
      It was great to review this book and I loved reading the comments here from people excited to get the book 🙂 Exciting about your second edition with the added feature! I wish you all the best with the engaging book!

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  6. Elouise

    I love reading children’s books! Right now I’m reading Norman Bridwell’s Cilfford Collection (the original 6 stories). I love the idea of a children’s book interspersed with fun poetry!
    Elouise

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  7. Gingi Edmonds Freeman

    I’m actually currently on the lookout for some good childrens books! First time mommy here and being a book lover, I want to find some good ones for my little one! Thanks for sharing!

    Anyhoo, I found your blog through a fellow blogger, and just wanted to stop by and say hi! It would totally make my day if you did the same.. or better yet, keep in touch! ❤

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Hi Gingi,
      Great to meet you here and I will be over to check out your site too. I am glad you found a place to find book reviews and I also share poetry, short stories and writing-related delights! I am glad you found the review helpful for you 🙂

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Hi Dave,
      That’s wonderful to read that you will consider the book for your grandchildren. I was impressed also by how well the illustrations coordinated with the text. Sometimes it’s like there’s two different stories going on!

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  8. Indah Susanti

    Thanks so much for the review! I love children books as well – I wish I had plenty of those funny and awesome drawings book when I was little…back then there were not as many as nowadays..Actually at the beginning of learning Dutch language, I read a lot of children books, they help me to learn the language at beginner level 🙂 I will take a look for this one, who knows they have the Dutch version!

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Hi Indah!! That would be so neat if there was a Dutch version too ❤ I think funny books for kids are great because then it's not like they feel they're being forced into learning anything but instead enjoy the written word. Great to hear from you~!

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Teagan, I was just thinking of you and whether Episode 2 is out yet – will be over to check in soon! As for Lil’s book, it’s sweetness in story and there’s also some sweetness in the strawberries mentioned in the pages hehe 🙂

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        1. Heena Rathore P.

          Yay! And same pinch *giggles*, even I spent this weekend with my family… I’m so glad we both got to be with our families this glorious weekend! 😀
          As of this week, just busy with reading, reviewing and writing…! So much for being a blogger! *sigh*

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  9. Jeri Walker-Bickett (@JeriWB)

    I love to read children’s book for so many reasons! I still have a small collection packed away in my teaching stuff. I always ended my creative writing class with a unit on children’s literature. We did things like story time. It was a lot of fun.

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  10. Mike

    Eating cabbage, fun? This book goes where no other book has gone before. I recommend it already. I don’t get to read this genre any more but I can certainly gift it.

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Hi Andrea,
      It was fun to escape into the children’s book genre for a bit with this book. Now I’m reading a medical mystery book so it’s a bit different! I didn’t realize you used to be a librarian. That must have been wonderful to be surrounded by books all day!

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  11. Carrie Rubin

    I miss the days of cuddling up with my sons and reading picture books. We’d go to the library every week or two and stock up. Then we’d read as soon as they got home from preschool/elementary school. This book looks really cute. Love that it promotes healthy eating without hammering it in so heavily it takes away from the story.

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  12. Carl D'Agostino

    So many high schoolers drop out because they never had that love of reading from an early age. They can’t comptete with those who have it. Taught high school history 33 years. Except for the college bound my 11th graders were 2-4 years behind reading grade level.

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      There’s all the more reason for me to keep sharing about the books out there, hopefully to make more people understand that reading CAN be fun!! Thanks Carl for your input. I commend you for your career choice as well.

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