Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 4 to 7
- Grade: k to 2
- Reading age: 4 to 7
When Giant wakes up with a giant cold, he turns to his home medical guide for help. The prescription? A bowl of Boy Soup. Catching the boys is easy, but what he doesn’t count on is Kate. Accidentally kidnapped along with the boys, clever Kate convinces Giant that what the guide really means is a soup made by boys, not one with boys in it.
Kate and the boys proceed to concoct a particularly nasty broth:
They put in
and some thick yellow glue
and a generous dollop of dandruff shampoo.
Giant spits out the soup with a mighty blast, which carries the children to safety. The happily-ever-after ending sees Kate and the boys opening up their own restaurant (minus Boy Soup) and Giant learning a valuable lesson.
Originally published in 1996, this delightfully silly story has been a consistent favorite. Now reissued with hilarious illustrations by renowned artist Michael Martchenko, Boy Soup is sure to attract a whole new generation of young readers.
About the authors
LORIS LESYNSKI is a bestselling author of brilliantly funny poems, and a frequent visitor to schools where she gets kids excited about poetry. She lives in Toronto, ON.
MICHAEL MARTCHENKO est né à Carcassonne, en France. Il s'installe au Canada avec sa famille alors qu'il a 7 ans. En 1966, il décroche son diplôme du Collège des arts de l'Ontario et devient bientôt directeur d'une agence publicitaire. C'est lors d'une exposition d'art graphique que Robert Munsch découvre le travail de Michael Martchenko. Michael a reçu le prix Libris 2006, Illustrateur de l'année.
MICHAEL MARTCHENKO has illustrated dozens of books, and is most famous for his work with Robert Munsch, including Smelly Socks (Tes chaussettes sentent la mouffette!), Makeup Mess (Maquillage à gogo) and We Share Everything! (On partage tout!). He lives in Burlington, Ontario.
“Loris Lesynski has a gift with rhythm and rhyme. Highly recommended.”
CM Reviews, 11/08
“Lesynski’s clever rhyming text and Martchenko’s masterful illustrations combine to make this a wonderful new picture book.”
Canadian Teacher, 03/09
Boy SoupIn this playful poetic caper, a giant decides that the only remedy for his head cold is a bowlful of boy soup! Originally published in 1996 by Annick Press as Boy Soup or When Giant Caught Cold with illustrations by Loris Lesynski (Our Choice 1996/1997).
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.