Delicious!: Poems Celebrating Street Food Around the World

by Julie Larios (Author) Julie Paschkis (Illustrator)

Delicious!: Poems Celebrating Street Food Around the World
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Journey around the world with this poetry collection celebrating delicious international street food!

The world is a delicious place! Come along on an international journey to try a hot pretzel in New York City; saffron tea in Mumbai, India; deep fried scorpions in Beijing, China; and much, much more.

This poetry collection celebrates all the different kinds of street food from around the globe, introducing young readers to snacks they know and ones they've never heard of--showing that no matter where we live, we all appreciate a yummy treat!

Kirkus Reviews

A tasty (if slight) tour of fast-food offerings the world over.

Publishers Weekly

Opening with New York City's various food carts and closing with Boston's Fenway Park franks, this collection of short poems by Larios offers a playful look at street food around the globe, visiting Mexico, Israel, Morocco, Australia, Russia, Peru, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Greece, Senegal, and China in turn. The book feels arranged at random, but a variety of rhyming and free verse poems in simple diction keep the material accessible; "Winter Meal," representing St. Petersburg, Russia, reads: "Four pelmeni,/ three piroshki,/ two sweet blini--/ one big belly." Paschkis offers vibrant watercolor spreads for each location, with an array of people from each country shown within engaging themed borders, making for an intriguing first look at international bites. Back matter includes a brief, and unfortunately sometimes exoticizing, look at the poems' offerings. Ages up to 8. (Apr.)

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Julie Larios
Julie Larios taught for seven years on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts in their MFA in writing for children program before turning full-time to her writing. Her work has earned her a Pushcart Prize, a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship Award, and two inclusions in the annual Best American Poetry series for her poetry for adults. She has published four books of poetry for children.

Julie Paschkis is a painter, textile designer, and award-winning illustrator and author of many books for children, including Vivid: Poems and Notes about Color; Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People by Monica Brown, an Américas Award winner and an Orbis Pictus Honor book; Night Garden: Poems from the World of Dreams by Janet S. Wong, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella by Paul Fleischman; and Yellow Elephant: A Bright Bestiary by Julie Larios, a Boston Globe-Horn Award Honor Book. She lives in Seattle with her husband. Visit her at
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Beach Lane Books
Publication date
April 20, 2021
BISAC categories
JUV030000 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | General
JUV050000 - Juvenile Fiction | Cooking & Food
JUV070000 - Juvenile Fiction | Poetry (see also Stories in Verse)
Library of Congress categories
American poetry
Children's poetry, American
Food trucks
Street food

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