Ramen for Everyone (Patricia Tanumihardja)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Ramen for Everyone, written by Patricia Tanumihardja and illustrated by Shiho Pate, a charming tale of culinary tradition and creativity.

Hiro’s dad makes ramen for dinner every Sunday, and Hiro always watches closely and takes notes. His dad’s cooking and their family’s recipe – which has been passed down for generations – combine to make the most delicious ramen, with toppings perfectly customized to each family member’s taste. After much studying, Hiro makes a decision on his seventh birthday: it is time for him to attempt the ramen recipe. Yet despite all his preparation, there are more than a few stumbles in the kitchen that leave him disheartened. Can Hiro concoct a ramen that does his family proud?

Marvelous. Combining Japanese culinary tradition, dynamic manga-inspired illustrations, and a heartwarming story of perseverance, this story manages to deliver some exciting highs as well as some poignant quiet moments. It was a great choice to have Hiro fail his first solo attempt, as it assures young readers that they may not always get things perfectly right the first time, yet he finds a good balance in the ending that allows him to express a special talent with the support of his father’s expertise. The art is fantastic (and looks scrumptious!), especially the cooking sequences. Length is perfect for a storytime, and JJ and I both loved this one. A wonderful and tasty tale, and we absolutely recommend it – Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

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