Expected publication: May 3rd 2016 by Amulet Books
On their mission to find only the most exotic ingredients for top-notch dishes, Rutabaga and his pet cooking pot, Pot, somehow manage to get themselves into a series of pickles. Amid the giant killer spiders, a desperate acting troupe, a nefarious thief, and a horde of toxic gubblins (nasty, goblin-like creatures) who threaten to take over the kingdom of Evanore, how is Rutabaga supposed to find any time to cook? Filled with the first volume’s same brand of humor and high jinks, this installment takes readers to new locations in the fantastical world Eric Colossal has created and showcases more out-of-this-world platters that “Ru” brings to life. As in the first book, in the back are three safe, easy-to-make recipes for all ages.
Author/illustrator Eric Colossal continues Rutabaga and Pot's journey, as they traverse further into mysterious lands to find good recipes and even better dishes. Their journeys are just as varied as the first book, with hints of adventure, mystery and even drama (!) as they outwit killer spiders, assist a melodramatic acting troupe, and an opinionated thief.
From beginning to end, Colossal's tales - much like the first book - are full of delightful humor and quirks, especially as Rutabaga continues to indulge in his joy of cooking, and for creating and feeding the perfect dish to those around him. There's a genuine joy in his ability to craft something that will subsequently inspire those around him, and younger readers will likely take both Rutabaga's passion and dedication to heart.
What's an added benefit in this Feasts of Fury, is Colossal's apparent decision to integrate more real-world ingredients into the recipes that are utilized by Rutabaga. It not only reinforces the first book's emphasis on enjoying fresh food and taking the time to make and understand what you're eating, the recipes have also become more easily replicable for budding young chefs in the kitchen.
(I know I'm definitely going to try making the Sandwich Monster for some of the younger readers in my life!)
Outside of the cooking elements, Rutabaga continues to demonstrate that he's not just a talented chef. He's able to utilize his cooking skills in other dilemmas, including a genuine moment of drama for the young chef. It's wonderful reminder that skills aren't isolated things, that there's practicality to learning how to do things that can be applied across multiple aspects of life.
Like the first book, Colossal continues to charm with his illustrations. They're vivid and bring both Rutabaga's energy and Colossal's imagination world to life.
Through Rutabaga's fearless adventures across kingdoms, forests and with the trusty Pot by his side, Colossal continues to help younger readers develop a strong appreciation for learning a craft well, and how to apply that craft to other aspects of a person's life. He's also all about the health eating, which is something that I can absolutely appreciate.
Highly recommend for graphic novel fans, and young foodies. This is the book for you.
About the author:
Eric Colossal is an artist living and working in Upstate New York. He lists his great loves as: his cats, Juju and Bear; his lovely girlfriend, Jess; and eating. He is still working on a magic spell that lets him eat all he wants without the unhealthy side effects. It’s a work in progress. www.ericcolossal.tumblr.com.