Tim J. Myers, author, storyteller, poet, and lecturer at Santa Clara University recently published Rude Dude’s Book of Food: Stories Behind Some of the Crazy-Cool Stuff We Eat. This is a nonfiction read for kids of all ages, specifically targeted at middle graders. The book comes complete with lesson suggestions for teachers and a clearly-stated section on “How Rude Dude’s Book of Food Meets Common Core Standards.”
History, geography, cultural diversity, and more come alive as Tim Myers traces the origins and story of hamburgers, chocolate, and noodles of all things! This book is a wild read full of facts you never knew about the foods we eat. Had you heard that Mongols tenderized a slab of meat by riding around with it under their saddle all day? Did you know that cheese, loved by Americans, is considered “the putrefied mucous discharge of an animal’s guts” by people in a certain faraway land? Well, foods we think are strange are enjoyed by people of other cultures, like snails, for instance. Of course, there are items that delight just about everyone the world over, think chocolate. The history of those cacao beans will amaze you! This book invites the reader to widen horizons and go along for the ride as foods travel across oceans and around the globe.
Jess Smart Smiley, talented artist and author, illustrated the Rude Dude’s Book of Food with crazy, fun line drawings that compliment the text, like meatballs with spaghetti, and give the facts visual impact. Learning was never so much fun!
Tim Myers has been interviewed many times. Check out this YouTube interview to meet the author and hear his view on children’s literature. Mr. Myers has 12 children’s books out with several new ones due soon. He has received great reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, and SLJ, the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for Fiction, an Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award, Nick Jr. Magazine “Best Book of the Year,” made the New York Times bestseller list for children’s books, and had one of his books chosen as a Smithsonian Notable Children’s Book, among many other honors. Kudos with oodles of noodles!