Reading/Interest Level: Primary, Intermediate
Author: Matthiev Sylvander
Illustrator: Perceval Barrier
Publisher: Clarion Books
In The Battle of the Vegetables, readers get a glimpse of what life is really like in a vegetable farm. This story follows a group of carrots and a group of leeks as they tackle problems in the garden. The leeks confront an intruder, while the carrots try to escape the garden before an intruder arrives. At the end of the story, the carrots and the leeks face a challenge greater than before, which leads to an all-out battle of the vegetables. At the end of story, the vegetables cannot find peace, and readers learn that in a vegetable garden, everyone ends up as soup.
The Battle of the Vegetables is a clever book, full of puns and sarcasm that will be found amusing by adults and by older children. Author Matthiev Sylvander uses speech bubbles, puns, jokes, and irony to make the story of the vegetable garden amusing. French artist Perceval Barrier’s simple illustrations add to the humor of the story; the leeks, carrots, and other vegetables have simple faces that show emotions. The text and the illustrations of The Battle of the Vegetables combine to make an entertaining and humorous story that will be enjoyed by most readers.