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Applesauce Is Fun to Wear

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Wearing food is much more fun than eating it in this sweet and sticky ode to toddler mealtime

Applesauce is fun to wear on your nose or in your hair. Toast is always nice and flat. What could make a better hat?

What’s more fun than eating your food? Wearing it, and toddlers are especially talented at that. This adorable picture book features a diverse cast of babies making a delightful mess at mealtime.

32 pages, Hardcover

Published April 6, 2021

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Nancy Raines Day

21 books8 followers
Nancy Raines Day is the author of fourteen picture books. Her most recent are Applesauce Is Fun to Wear and Baby's Opposites. Her first children's book, The Lion's Whiskers: An Ethiopian Folktale, was a New York Times notable book of the year. She earned a BA in journalism from the University of Michigan and an MA in literacy journalism from Syracuse University. Having raised a son and a daughter, Day lives with her husband on St. Simons Island in Georgia.

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Author 3 books33 followers
March 17, 2021
Such a delightful story told in gentle rhyme, Nancy Raines Day makes meal times fun with playful inventiveness, as each meal is explored for wearable opportunities, and of course the bath time that follows. APPLESAUCE IS FUN TO WEAR is a delicious story sure to become a firm favorite!
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Author 11 books24 followers
April 8, 2021
Absolutely delightful! And who doesn't love applesauce?
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4,117 reviews104 followers
June 18, 2021
In this charmer of a picture book, toddlers wear all sorts of food. Applesauce in the hair and toast as a nice flat hat. Milk can make a mustache and yogurt can cover your tummy. Mashed banana makes a great set of gloves for your hands and ice cream can cool your toes. Peas are great to roll on the floor and spaghetti makes celebratory confetti. Chocolate cake covers your face. Then it’s all cleaned up in the end with bubbles in the tub.

Simple and engaging, this title has fun and rollicking rhymes for toddlers to enjoy. The delight in messiness is great fun, with a focus on foods that littles ones will likely have enjoyed already. After all, it’s a lot more fun to wear your food than eat it sometimes.

Massey’s illustrations add to the appeal of the title with a diverse cast of toddlers show using simple lines and colors. They are merry in their messes. She has caught the naughty grins of children having great fun.

A terrific toddler read for those who don’t mind a mess. Appropriate for ages 1-3.
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1,293 reviews8 followers
July 12, 2021
A cutesy, rhyming baby book about messy eating. While the pictures are certainly endearingly-drawn, they are disappointing for their overrepresentation of White babies. If I'm being generous (counting each baby depicted as a separate baby, rather than the same baby shown two different times, say), there are 10 White babies, 3 Black babies (all of whom have light brown skin and curly brown hair), 2 Latin@/e/x babies, and 2 Asian babies. This means that there are cumulatively more White babies depicted in this book than all of the babies of color combined. The text of this book is totally fine and cute, with nice rhymes and onomatopoeias, but this kind of overrepresentation of Whiteness (and making all of the Black babies very light-skinned), is not acceptable.
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Author 21 books221 followers
February 28, 2021
I received an early digital arc of this picture book, and it's adorable. It's perfect for the parents of messy toddlers who end mealtime wearing more of their food than they ate. I have pictures of my kids covered in pudding or spaghetti from when they were small, and this book brings back great memories. This book is delightfully written and illustrated. Have run reading it to a messy eater in your life!
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3,373 reviews313 followers
May 10, 2021
This book is my niece Harper. Harper is this book. Bouncy rhymes about all the messy ways to eat - if you have a toddler who is also a messy eater, this one is great fun. However, be aware that while the publicity boasts a "diverse cast" of babies... while the skin tones and hair textures of the toddlers do vary in the book, all skin tones represented are fairly light and all face shapes and facial features are the same cartoony shapes for all of them.
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2,312 reviews55 followers
April 15, 2022
Age: Infant-Toddler
Food: Mealtime

Extremely relatable experience for babies that explore their textured food. A sweet way to celebrate something that gives babies & toddlers joy, yet a bit of a headache for grown-ups on clean-up duty (this experience not pictured lol).

Two sentences per spread paired with white backgrounds and "messy" patterns give this excellent storytime and circle time appeal.
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Author 17 books74 followers
March 15, 2021
I received an advance digital review copy of this book. With adorable, messy babies and a universal theme, Nancy Raines Day’s Applesauce is Fun to Wear will have young readers giggling – and parents nodding along – with this fast, fun-to-read, rhyming picture book. Be ready to read it again, and again, and again.
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1,405 reviews19 followers
May 14, 2021
A good one to read at a babytime, or for parents to read to baby. Would work especially well with an older sibling who is struggling to accept how chaotic babies are. I like that this book encourages everyone to celebrate the creative messiness that comes from babies trying to eat. It will definitely get a laugh when I read it with new parents!
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Author 3 books53 followers
March 13, 2021
I received a review copy and can tell you without a doubt that this book is all kinds of fun. Parents will relate and kids will giggle as food ends up...well...everywhere! The bouncy rhyme and adorable illustrations are sure to make this book a favorite.
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1,591 reviews13 followers
May 22, 2022
What's more fun than eating your food? Wearing it! In rhyming text, diverse babies get food all over themselves. This is a perfect one for toddler storytime, especially one about baths, food, or messes. Not too long and perfectly silly.
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390 reviews6 followers
May 4, 2021
cute rhyming story about how babies eat/play with food and ends with a bubble bath (could do bubbles for storytime at the end!)
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6,544 reviews14 followers
May 19, 2021
A book about food that babies love to play with.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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3,586 reviews45 followers
June 29, 2021
Rhyming text accompanies gorgeous illustrations of toddlers who wear their food, all kinds of food. This would be lots of fun for baby or toddler story time.
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636 reviews68 followers
January 15, 2022
Cute until your child deliberately imitates all the kids in this book. I mean, sure, they probably would be messy anyway, but why encourage it? Or is this considered leaning in? :-)
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153 reviews
February 15, 2022
Fun book about the delightful textures of food. Might encourage messiness, but it is sweet and joyful!
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249 reviews
August 20, 2022
I "dialed a tale" for my library's summer reading challenge and this was the story. Yay for food messes, LOL.
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