Yummy: A History of Desserts

by Victoria Grace Elliott (Author)

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Series: Yummy

Cake is delicious and comics are awesome: this exciting non-fiction graphic novel for kids combines both! Explore the history of desserts through a fun adventure with facts, legends, and recipes for readers to try at home.

Have you ever wondered who first thought to freeze cream? Or when people began making sweet pastry shells to encase fruity fillings? Food sprite Peri is excited to show you the delicious history of sweets while taking you around the world and back!

The team-up that made ice cream cones!

The mistake that made brownies!

Learn about and taste the true stories behind everyone's favorite treats, paired with fun and easy recipes to try at home. After all, sweets--and their stories--are always better when they're shared!

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School Library Journal

Gr 6 Up—A small, winged, green-haired, brown-skinned, bespectacled "food sprite" called Peri is an enthusiastic tour guide through the world of dessert history, accompanied by two other sprites: light-skinned, pink-haired Fee, who adores stories, and brown-skinned, blue-haired Fada, who loves science and chocolate. The narrators' tiny size allows the desserts to take prominence; chapters are devoted to ice cream, cake, brownies, doughnuts, pie, gummies, cookies, and macarons. Peri's history of each type of dessert is sprinkled with stories (such as "The Legend of the Waffle Cone"), interview corners, and science labs, each of which has a different colored background to set it apart from the main narrative. Most chapters are preceded by a world map indicating where that dessert has appeared throughout history; Elliott does not shy away from the role of trade, colonization, and enslavement as she discusses how certain foods spread across the globe and baked goods were adapted to local tastes. The book is full of entertaining nuggets on an appealing topic, and recipes are included, complete with a list of ingredients and equipment and step-by-step instructions. Back matter includes a bibliography. VERDICT As Peri muses dreamily, "You ever just think about cake?" Great British Baking Show fans, as well as those who love to eat, bake, and share desserts, will devour this sweet treat of a nonfiction graphic novel.—Jenny Arch, Lilly Lib., Florence, MA

Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Kirkus Reviews

Scrumptiously entertaining and informative.
Victoria Grace Elliott
Victoria Grace Elliott is the creator of the webcomic Balderdash! or, a tale of two witches. Yummy: A History of Desserts is her graphic novel debut. She's a queer Southern illustrator and comic artist living in Austin, Texas.
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Guided Reading Level
Random House Graphic
Publication date
November 20, 2021

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