________________ CM . . . . Volume XIII Number 1 . . . . September 1, 2006


My Mom Loves Me More Than Sushi.

Filomena Gomes. Illustrated by Ashley Spires.
Toronto, ON: Second Story Press, 2006.
24 pp., cloth, $14.95.
ISBN 1-897187-09-2.

Subject Headings:
Cookery, International - Juvenile fiction.
Mothers and daughters - Juvenile fiction.

Kindergarten-grade 2 / Ages 5-7.

Review by Gregory Bryan.

*** / 4



My mom loves me more than Sushi.

While the rolls squirt and squish out of my chopsticks, she easily brings the fish and sticky rice to her lips and smiles with her eyes closed.


One evening, after making her appreciation of a delightful meal of sushi well known, Filomena Gomes was asked by her eldest daughter if Gomes loved her daughter more than sushi! One reading of Gomes’ first book reveals the depths of her love for food and, given that Gomes insists that she does love all of her three children more than sushi, it is obvious that she is a woman with a lot of love to give.

     Gomes’ brief text takes readers through a world tour of culinary delights—Asian sushi, Italian biscotti, houska bread from the Czech Republic, just for starters—that is the perfect way to get the taste buds tickling. Canada prides itself on multiculturalism, and this book is an ideal way to open for children the doors to varied cultures and gastronomic creations. Multiculturalism is all about celebrating and embracing differences, and this book approaches the foods of the world with a hearty appetite.

     Second Story Press promises that their webpage will soon host Gomes’ recipes for each dish mentioned in the book. At the time of reviewing the text, the recipes were not yet posted. By the time the review is published, however, I expect that the recipes will be available at www.secondstorypress.ca. It will be a fun addition, and I expect children who have enjoyed the book will love to assist a parent in preparing a meal from one or more of the recipes.

     The playful watercolour illustrations of illustrator Ashley Spires complement the bright and bubbly text. Each illustration includes the family pets—a cat with a nose for mischief and a dog that appears to have perhaps eaten one too many French crepes.

     The descriptive writing and abundantly colourful illustrations leave one feeling more than just a little hungry. I could write more, but I’m off to scare up some supper.


Gregory Bryan, who teaches language arts and children’s literature in the Faculty of Education, the University of Manitoba, says he starts each day with Vegemite on toast.


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