Happy Saturday, guys!
I had the fortune of picking up Everyone Loves Bacon yesterday, and completely fell in love with the book.
(Seriously, Anna Marie McLemore can vouch for the fact that I was laughing my head off while reading.)
Kelly Dipucchio and Eric Wight have created a fantastic short story on the importance of not giving into hubris, and staying true to one's self - as told through the eyes of bacon!
Published September 1st 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Format read: Hardcover via publisher
Sure, everyone loves Bacon—until Bacon's popularity goes right to his head. He's so busy soaking up the attention from his fans, that he soon forgets the important things in life, like friendship and family. How will things end for our deliciously crispy hero?
Author Kelly Dipucchio presents a funny, witty tale about a slice of diner bacon who gets a bit too big for his plate. Bacon goes from being admired by his fellow breakfast foods, to a piece of superstar bacon who ignores both friends and family. However, only time will tell if hubris will catch up with Bacon...
Parents and younger readers will absolutely love Dipucchio's cheery, humorous approach toward showing how popularity can easily get to a person - or bacon's! - head. Using short sentences and words that readers can easily comprehend, Dipucchio smartly shows how popularity can quickly change a once easy-going piece of bacon, into someone who is now arrogant and superficial.
Dipucchio's words are paired perfectly with illustrator Eric Wight's drawings. Wight utilizes a bold, larger-than-life scheme that anthromorphsizes Bacon and his fellow foodstuff to great effect, while also adding the small details that show just what Bacon is missing, as popularity gradually gets to his head.
While some readers may be slightly shocked by the ending, it's a nice reminder that life is unpredictable, so you should definitely live how you wanted to be treated.
Final verdict: Kelly Dipucchio and Eric Wight share a funny, vibrant story about hubris, and the importance of learning how to remain level-headed and appreciative, even in the face of strong attention.
Highly recommend for both parents and young readers who are looking for a funny read, and for parents who are looking for a story on the importance of staying true to one's self.