Julia, Child

Julia, Child

Book - 2014
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A fictional story about Julia Child as young girl in which she and her best friend Simca have many cooking adventures.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario ; Plattsburgh, New York : Tundra Books, [2014]
ISBN: 9781770494497
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 30 cm
Additional Contributors: Morstad, Julie - Illustrator


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Sep 15, 2017

A sweet and fun tale of 2 friends stirring up yummyness and remaining joyful, despite the adult's influence! A gentle introduction to Julia Child or maybe a spoof, certainly inspiring for the young chefs to create deliciousness.

PMPL_AnaC Aug 26, 2016

Childhood is that magical period of life where we are most creative, when our imaginations run wild and everything is truly possible. Maybe even not growing up at all. Who would want to become a dull, busy and worried adult? Not Julia or her best friend Simca, for sure.

The two friends take cooking classes and want to be the oldest children in the world, cooking happily together. When they see the colorless adults around them, they decide to create recipes for growing young. The beautiful illustrations by Canadian artist Julie Morstad depict the two girls happily cooking and creating their masterpieces that will restore youth in adults. Not a physical youth, but a joie de vivre.

The adults are too hungry for joy though and start fighting for the food. They didn’t have the proper ingredients to savour Julia and Simca’s delicacies and started behaving like spoiled little children. The girls give a last shot, creating a dessert perfectly balanced that will “feed the sensible children from whom these senseless grown-ups grew”. Julia and Simca realize adults need help to remember what a good life is all about. As the adults taste the sweetness of life, they slowly get coloured in the illustrations.

Canadian author Kyo Maclear was inspired by the American culinary legend Julia Child to create the main character of this lovely picture book that reminds us to rescue our child selves. To stop hurrying, to let the “wonders rise to the surface”.

Why are these thought-provoking picture books always aimed at children by the way? I wonder if children are able to grasp the depth of the messages in these wonderful books. When I was a child, I wanted to grow up actually. I was always thinking about what it would feel to be an adult. And it is only from the adult perspective that we realize that childhood is a wonderful time in our lives. I kept asking myself this question when I was reading this book. Julia and Simca seem way too aware and wise about how it is great to be a child. I really wish I could go to their restaurant and regain some of my childhood.

No matter our age, we can always be young at heart.

Sep 06, 2015


Dec 10, 2014

This book is not a book about the actual Julia Child (as stated on the first page). It is about Julia and her friend Simca. They both love to cook and they spend much time cooking, gathering new ideas and recipes. They take cooking classes together with grown-ups. They notice how the grown-ups live a hectic paced life so they come up with foods to share that would make the adults grow young. It doesn't work out so well as the adults get greedy. The girls try again with another recipe with slightly better results.

The illustrations are beautiful. I love how the adults are drawn in black in white while the children and all things food are in color.

The story started out well with the story of two girls who love to cook, but then it took a turn into the magical and fantasy world which broke the flow of the story. The story and the girls are so adorable that the last bit seemed like too much.

There are plenty of cooking terms sprinkled throughout this book so I would not recommend for younger than school age. This is a cute book for the budding chef.

ksoles Nov 27, 2014

Perhaps more intriguing for grownups than children, "Julia, Child" hints at Child's real-life collaboration with Simone "Simca" Beck. In reality the two chefs met as adults but here, the young foodies gather new recipes on weekends, form a sisterly bond and imagine cooking together forever.

Maclear barely manages to avoid sermonizing when Julia and Simca become concerned about the dreary adults in their company and thus prepare "recipes for growing old." Luckily, the author adds just enough sentimentality to the girls' cooking and ultimately creates a lighthearted albeit slightly obscure tale of passion and inspiration.

Along with Morstad's lively, mid-century art, the story emphasizes aspiration and evokes the fearless enthusiasm of childhood.


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