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Julia, Child

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  366 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
Julia and Simca are two young friends who agree that you can never use too much butter -- and that it is best to be a child forever. Sharing a love of cooking and having no wish to turn into big, busy people who worry too much and dawdle too little, they decide to create a feast for growing and staying young. A playful, scrumptious celebration of the joy of eating, the ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by Tundra Books (first published November 12th 2013)
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Jul 26, 2014 Eve rated it really liked it
Shelves: reread, read-2014
1. Some friends are like sisters.

2. You can never use too much butter.

3. It is best to be a child FOREVER!

This was the cutest book ever! It was worth the wait, and probably one of the handful of books that I've ever preordered. I was so tempted to use a "like buttah" Saturday Night Live meme from the "Coffee Talk" skit, but decided against it. I'm sure you've got enough of a visual.

Julia and her friend Simca love French food. They especially love cooking and creating new, interesting recip
Carrie Gelson
Oct 25, 2014 Carrie Gelson rated it really liked it
This is kind of a cheeky little book. Pay attention reader. The title is not Julia Child but Julia, Child. Yes, we see a little girl in an apron surrounded by cooking utensils, herbs and berries. Yes, this book is inspired by the idea of Julia Child and her passion for food and cooking. But this is hardly a biography. This is a playful book, full of joy and friends and butter. The message? Hang on to the best parts of being a child. For those adults who need some help with this, recipes are ...more
Apr 22, 2015 pati rated it did not like it
I am not sure if Julia Child would have sanctioned this book. The factual elements of her life are interwoven into a fantasy version and it all comes out under done! I understand that this is a picture book, but the story is really quite silly.
Jul 14, 2015 Mom rated it really liked it
In the guise of a children's book it is actually a message for adults. Loved it! Cute illustrations and imaginative text, it is a creative bundle not to be missed.
Stacy Fetters
Sep 24, 2016 Stacy Fetters rated it really liked it
Shelves: sneaky-librarian
"Mix in a swooshy rainbow, a crying lumberjack, and sprinkles"
Julia, Child is no relation to Julia Child, the wine swilling cook who wished everyone a Bon Appétit!
Julia and her friend Simca loved good food and agreed that you could never use too much butter. Paula Deen should have made an appearance.
They enjoyed the simple pleasures and knew far more than adults. Never fight over the little dilemmas in life.
The illustrations are super cute and the story matches. A great combination that feeds
Vikki VanSickle
Oh what a difference punctuation makes! If the combination of Canadian gems Julie Morstad and Kyo Maclear doesn’t fill your heart with joy I don’t know what will. As she did in Virginia Wolf and Mr. Flux, Maclear takes a real life figure (in this case, Julia Child) and imagines a whimsical moment in her life. This book will instill a love of food and kitchen play as readers join a young Julia and her amazingly hip friend Simca on various food adventures. As a side note, I would wear every single ...more
Jen (Pop! Goes The Reader)
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“You are cordially invited to this tale for all ages about a child named Julia. While the story contains no true knowledge of (the real) Juia Child and should be taken with a grain of salt and perhaps even a generous pat of butter, we hope that you will find something here to savor. If you discover, as we have, that some stories taste best when shared with others, then all the better.”

It all began with sole meunièr
Jan 05, 2015 Jill rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a lovely picture book and I can see why it's been getting such acclaim. I loved the writing style, the quirky characters, and the beautiful artwork. The design quality is exceptional and the title is perfect. I'm interested in how the author "imagined" Julia Child's childhood and where she drew boundaries in her imaginings. She notes this at the start so readers know all the details aren't true. I wonder if parts of it were based on fact or if the whole story was imagined? I write about ...more
May 09, 2016 Carolyn rated it liked it
Sweet as sugar. This is a story of two friends, sisters in the kitchen, who bake childhood innocence, marvel, and carefree spirit into their French recipes. This picture book ruminates on adulthood syndrome - - growing up and all the tragedy that goes with that painful process - - and how it appears to children, discovering your passion in life, having a closer-than-blood best friend, and the simple pleasures of cooking, eating, and sharing. Most importantly, Julie Morstad's illustrations are ...more
Jan 13, 2015 Kristen rated it liked it
The art was the most charming part of the book for me. The message that adults need to remember how to play and enjoy like children feels a bit off for the intended age group. I love all the yummy food references, but making the main character an actual historical figure and setting her in a fictional childhood seems like a recipe for confusion.
Jul 28, 2016 Beth rated it really liked it
Obviously inspired by the famous chef Julia Child, though not a biography of her life, JULIA, CHILD has a different purpose: to remind adults to view life with childlike wonder and to savor every bite.
Aug 30, 2014 Heather rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous picture book and it contains my new favorite word, "never-enoughness".
Jul 21, 2015 Crystal rated it really liked it
This is a cute reminder to have fun in life and enjoy food and friends.
Nov 30, 2016 May rated it it was amazing
Love it! The book is a play of the Julia Child's real story. But the story itself is full of metaphor of adults who have lost their inner children. Even the kids got them and loved the story.
Debra Schoenberger
Nov 30, 2016 Debra Schoenberger rated it it was amazing
Sweet and thoughtful.

Sweet Marjoram, this is a beautiful, beautiful book. Yes, I adore food writing, and yes, I adore whimsical children’s books, so yes, this is exactly within my wheelhouse and there’s no mistaking that fact. But I hope I’m somewhat objective about these sorts of things, when being objective counts, and on my oath as a Youth Services Librarian, I have not run across so perfect a book for my nieces (and, let’s face it, my sisters) as this one.

Let’s start at the beginning, though. In this most perfec

Ana Calabresi
Childhood is that magical period of life where we are most creative, when our imaginations run wild and everything is truly possible. Maybe even not growing up at all. Who would want to become a dull, busy and worried adult? Not Julia or her best friend Simca, for sure.

The two friends take cooking classes and want to be the oldest children in the world, cooking happily together. When they see the colorless adults around them, they decide to create recipes for growing young. The beautiful illustr
Darlene Ivy
If you read Julia Child's timeline at her foundation website, you will see she was born in 1912 and met Simka in 1952. They were hardly children together as this book would have you believe. There are caveats to that effect if you look carefully, but our library has it in the biographies now. WorldCat subjects list juvenile fiction only.
Apr 10, 2014 Marilyn rated it really liked it
I love the flair of the two main characters, Julia and Simca, both very good friends. They are upbeat, creative and modern and do not want to get sucked into the every day, mundane world of the average, robotic, grown-up that surrounds them. They love to experiment and cook with food and take the love of food to a whole new level. The adults seem to go through life forgetting the importance of living it to its fullest. They are big, busy people who are worried, harried and do not remember how to ...more
Jul 14, 2014 Crystalee rated it really liked it
This is a really charming picture book by the author of Spork, which I read several years ago and found both hilarious and important reading for children.

Like Spork, Julia, Child carries an important message below the surface. When Julia and Simca decide to create a feast for growing and staying young, then never expected what would happen when the grownups let go and had a little fun. This is the kind of picture book that I feel is mostly for adults; it reminds us that we're never too old to ha
Caitlin Hoffer
Mar 18, 2014 Caitlin Hoffer rated it really liked it
I got a copy of this from Net Galley.

This is one of those tough books that, while I am completely charmed, I can't necessarily think of a child I would recommend this to. It feels like Amelie or Chocolat. It's whimsy and food and I loved it.

But I would argue that this book's reading level and format are at odds. Any kiddo who would appreciate the quiet story and subtle illustrations might be already out of picture book format age.

I will try to push this one in my library and I would absolutel
DelAnne Frazee
Jul 19, 2014 DelAnne Frazee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Julia, Child
Author: Kyo Maclear
Illustrator: Julie Morstad
Publisher: Tundra Books/Random House Of Canada Limited
Published: 7-8-2014
ISBN: 9781770494497
Pages: 32
Genre: Children's Fiction
Tags: Cooking
Overall Rating: Great
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Reviewer: DelAnne

Julia, is a child that has developed a passion for food. She and her friend Simca share this passion and are often found at the local market buying fresh ingredients to test new recipes with over the weekend. These two cooking marvels pl
Michelle McBeth
Dec 10, 2014 Michelle McBeth rated it really liked it
This book is not a book about the actual Julia Child (as stated on the first page). It is about Julia and her friend Simca. They both love to cook and they spend much time cooking, gathering new ideas and recipes. They take cooking classes together with grown-ups. They notice how the grown-ups live a hectic paced life so they come up with foods to share that would make the adults grow young. It doesn't work out so well as the adults get greedy. The girls try again with another recipe with ...more
Ruth Sophia
Feb 03, 2015 Ruth Sophia rated it liked it
Adults - not children - primary audience

Julia, Child is the imaginative retelling (aka fictional) of the childhood of a girl named Julia & her friend, Simca (not subtly based off or inspired by Julia Child) This picture book contains perfect picture companions to the words composing the story.

The book, however, is not for children. The book is to remind adults room not forget how to enjoy life & to wonder as a child again. The words (English & French) are not suitable for young chi
Jan 23, 2015 Romelle rated it really liked it
This picture book was a bit deceiving. I had hoped to read about the life of THE Julia Child, whether it was creative nonfiction or informative fiction. Instead, JULIA, (note the comma) CHILD is a book about "mastering the art of childhood" and how too hurried adults are to notice the little things of life.

The book does start off by saying this: "...the story contains no true knowledge of (the real) Julia Child..." So if I did read this before my expectations got to me before I opened the book,
Apr 17, 2014 Shazzer rated it really liked it
Simply splendid. Kyo Maclear is quickly becoming a must-see author for me. Her books are insightful and delightful at the same time. First Virginia Wolf teaches children about "the doldrums" and how to rise above them, and now Julia, Child teaches us all the value of being childlike. This book is beautifully illustrated by Julie Morstad and simply hits all the right notes. It's a perfect gift for chefs (of all ages), Julia Child fans (of all ages) and the young at heart, no matter the age.
Sep 06, 2014 Kathy rated it really liked it
Absolutely delightful!
Julia, child, and her friend,Simca, love to cook. And they love French food. On weekends, they shop and then cook, trying out recipes they find. Sometimes they are successful sometimes not so much. But they have fun and they find that they give pleasure to others when they share their cooking. Because, grown ups are far to busy to enjoy life, for the girls, this is a reason to remain , a child. What the girls create for everyone, is a cook book with recipes for Mastering th
Apr 06, 2015 Samantha rated it really liked it
Not the picture book bio you might expect this to be, but more inspired by Julia's love of cooking and approach to food.

Julia and her friend love to cook and their dishes are a big hit with adults. Their food is infused with all the best intentions childhood can offer and that proves to be something the adults want to covet, but Julia and her friend manage to teach the adults in their lives some lessons about food and life in this beautifully illustrated picture book.

Highly recommended read, ev
Apr 22, 2015 Diana rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
5 star illustrations, 1-2 star story. I will look for other books illustrated by Julie Morstad because I loved her drawings! I was attracted by the cover and thought it would be a biography about Julia Childs as a child but it's merely a book capitalizing on her fame.

The message of the book would be lost on most children. "the problem," said Julia, "is that too many grown-ups don't have the proper ingredients." Sadly for this grown-up, though the illustrations were delicious the accompanying st
Freda Mans-Labianca
Jan 15, 2016 Freda Mans-Labianca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
This story is a clever play on Julia Child and her book, Mastering The Art of French Cooking. This wonderfully illustrated book will capture the minds of parents and children. Parents will enjoy the wholesome story also knowing who Julia is and her history, and the kids will love the illustrations as you read along. It helps there is a wonderful lesson on being grown up in the book too. Whether you deem it to be targeted at the parents or the kids is another story.
This gem of a book is sure to
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Kyo Maclear is a children’s author, novelist and essayist. She was born in London, England and moved to Toronto at the age of four.

Kyo is the author of several critically-acclaimed children’s books including: Spork (2010) and Virginia Wolf (2012), both illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault; Mr. Flux (2013), illustrated by Matte Stephens; and Julia, Child (2014), illustrated by Julie Morstad. Her newe
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