artichokes everywhere

Aside from tossing some artichoke hearts into a pasta every now and then, I can honestly say that I have had little experience with an actual artichoke.  I have never bought one and have probably never actually touched one.

This may all change, however, with my children’s obsession with Scott Mickelson’s book Artichoke Boy.

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After checking this book out of the library, we have probably read the story of a boy who is surrounded by all things artichokey a dozen times.  The kids totally get the hilariousness of having an artichoke derriere and a sister named Kelly who has an artichoke belly.  The main character’s differently colored eyes do freak me out a bit, but the kids don’t seem to mind the artichoke family’s heterochromia.  All things considered, this book has been a welcome addition to our storytimes and a blessed change of pace from books on volcanoes and firehouses.

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