There comes a time in the summer holidays– after swimming, camp, bike rides, and sprinklers – for some down time. Doodle Cook, by Herve Tullet, was written for this time. It is the perfect mix of art recipes and joyful doodling. It is an invitation to make something tasty, and my girls were excited to cook.
The big size of Doodle Cook made my girls feel important and in Kira’s words “I like that I don’t have to color in the lines.” I must add that Kira is the type of kid who will sit for a very long time pain-stakingly coloring in the lines and focusing on minute details. Doodle Cook’s call to scribble was very freeing.
Kira started off timidly – as we all have with recipes – carefully following the directions. By her 4th or 5th dish, Kira was wildly adding spirals, finger prints and sprinkles as well as decorating the glass, knife and fork. At one point, she spiraled off the book and decorated the paper underneath!
Tullet gives little artists control of their art, encourages them to design beyond the instructions, and helps them to think of creating in new ways.
“…take up your crayons… create a delicious masterpiece… suit your own taste,” Tullet encourages his readers. Who wouldn’t want to grab a crayon and start making Magic Marmalade?
Recommended Age: 5+
*Please note - while I was not compensated for this review, Phaidon books did provide me with a free review copy of the book.