REVIEW

"In 40-plus energetic poems, Larkin celebrates the good and decries the bad in the food world. Though individual poems might seem like amuse-bouches by themselves, they add up to a full meal, and the volume as a whole serves up a lively conversation about food... The overall effect of the poetry and the mixed-media, graffiti-style art (inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat) is exuberant: "Where there is food, there will be laughter (and crumbs)." A kid-friendly companion to Michael Pollan's Food Rules."—Kirkus Reviews

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR-ILLUSTRATOR

Eric-Shabazz Larkin always knew he was an artist. He didn’t discover there was a graffiti artist inside of him until he drew the Norfolk (VA) city skyline on the wall of his childhood home, forcing his mother to forbid the use of permanent markers in her house ever again. His need to draw on things did not lay dormant for very long as he started to vandalize his own books and photos, which is what led him to the illustration style of this book.

Eric-Shabazz is a multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker and poet. The first children’s book he illustrated, Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table, was named an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book and received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Booklist. A Moose Boosh marks his debut as author and illustrator. He lives in Long Island City, New York.

Excerpt from Publisher's Weekly article | 9.15.14
by John A. Sellers - Click here to read Original.

The book consists of more than 40 poems on topics that range from the existential musings of corn on the cob to the joys of slurping noodles and an ode to Marcus Samuelsson's restaurant Red Rooster Harlem. "All my poems in A Moose Boosh came from little odd experiences that I turned into stories that were much larger in my head," Larkin said. " 'Doctor Food' is a poem about two people I made into one—the first was a therapist who helped a deep depression I was in just by changing my diet, and the second is the man in the picture in front of his actual shop in the Lower East Side called Stanley’s, where he sells all kinds of home remedies that don’t include drugs. 'Food Desert in Harlem' comes from a hungry Saturday afternoon in Harlem, where I could not find one vegetable anywhere without getting on a train and going to another neighborhood." 
 

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