Food Fight great fun for chidden and adults

Spoiler alert!

Tuesday I discussed post-Christmas activities to help you unwind from the stress of dealing with family in hand-to-hand combat either in enemy territory or on your own turf. This includes, of course, your children (or parents) who recognize no cease-fire during the season of peace but find this particular holiday as the most appropriate stage to launch a sneak attack and escalate the ongoing skirmishes that have bogged you down all year.

One suggestion was reading iPad interactive books like Food Fight, the one I will be reviewing today. Another suggestion is to take advantage of the sales on all those Christmas apps that developers waited until December to upload to the App Store only to see sales lost as people went into a buying frenzy for the physical presents they put off buying until the last minute.

I had all my reviews written by the first week of December because I knew that all hell would break lose in the Stephens family. Little did I realize it would break loose during Thanksgiving week and snowball into visitation rights over aging senior parents, writer’s block compounded by the stress of having to prepare a presentation for an international conference on religion and the need to watch all the seasons of Ab Fab of the new DVD release to make sure the copies were good before the deadline to return them for a full refund expired, all of which culminated in a surprise visit from animal control which put Carol into a total panic at the thought of our Siamese Rescue cats being seized and returned to the pound we rescued them from because an air conditioning repairman who didn’t even like cats (and who was mad we hadn’t prepared everything for him before he showed up unannounced for a repair that was scheduled for two days later) decided we shouldn’t keep a couple of sick cats isolated in large kennels with their own food dishes, litter boxes and bedding while we were medicating them, and called an anonymous complaint to animal control that day (as though we wouldn’t know who it was).

This means when the real deluge of Christmas apps burst through the App Store gates, I had a choice: Scrap the reviews I’d written to pay for, download and review new apps, or ignore them.

Perhaps they expected me to wait with bated breath and take time from my family holiday plans to review all their apps at the last minute. Most likely they weren’t even aware I exist. Too bad for them. I chose to mention a couple, but let the readers decide whether or not to download and review them personally.

Which leaves me with no good way to segue into Food Fight, so I won’t even bother.

Glenn Melonhorst’s Food Fight is a children’s book that’s a joy for adults to read, which should be enough to recommend it. It’s also chock full of wonderful little interactive touches that enhance the joy of the reading experience.

The story centers around a little boy who loves to eat sausages who suddenly finds himself face-to-face with an alien sausage who loves to eat little boys. The two duke it out to establish their hierarchy on the food chain.

Tim and Sammy the sausage challenge each other to a free for all face stuffing gluttony contest.

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Like the best Tex Avery cartoons, Food Fight is delightfully comic and deliciously tongue-in-cheek. I don’t want to spoil the fun by revealing the jokes, but readers will find more than a gag on every page.

Many of them are built right into the interactive content, which is actually fun to explore. Best of all, there’s no pretense of educational values in Food Fight; everything is played for laughs.

Author and artist Glenn Melonhorst reminds us of the bitter moments of childhood in the tradition of Jean Shepherd’s Christmas Story.

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The book includes a number of options, including a narrator to read the book, sound effects and a star search that reveals a hidden bonus page. The bonus page may take a moment to figure out—there are lots of colors to apply but it may take a moment to find them.

A hidden bonus page allows young readers to apply their own colors to the characters.

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The illustrations are also top-notch and drawn in a style reminiscent of modern 3D cartoons.

Food Fight makes a wonderful digital stocking stuffer even with the holidays over. In fact, just tell the kids Santa must have dropped it in the iPad when you weren’t looking. Best of all, after the kids have gone off to sleep the adults can pass the iPad around at the coffee table and get a few chuckles themselves.

Jenny Manytoes rates Food Fight

Jenny Manytoes would make biscuits all over Food Fight. Everything about the book is pure joy.

The Jenny Manytoes Rating System

Jenny Manytoes, our polydactyl cat
  • When Jenny makes biscuits on a product she thinks she’s in heaven.
  • When Jenny purrs over a product she’s very happy.
  • When Jenny naps next to a product it’s okay with her.
  • When Jenny bunches her tail she can live with a product, but she has higher expectations.
  • When Jenny leaves it in the litter box….I don’t think I need to explain this one.

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About Phillip T Stephens

Phillip T. Stephens disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle twenty years before he was born, creating a time travel paradox so confusing it remains unspoken between physicists and sci-fi writers to this day. Follow @stephens_pt
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