What are you eating? is a little book that is a lot of fun for young kids. It is by a Dutch team called "Sieneke & Tineke" by their fans. They take the subject of eating and make a story-game of it. The book is a series of 10 scenes, each one of a child eating. On each page the narrator asks, "What are you eating?"
The children, pictured with a meal, give an answer that instead reveals what they are pretending. On the first page, a little boy is tossing his peas back and forth, so he says he is eating, "Frogs that jump from my fork!". Tap on the boy in the illustration and he makes a "ooh, ooh" sound like he's trying to catch the frogs. And if you touch the peas, a crisp 'bouncing' sound is heard.
Every page is like this, with a 'party hat' that's a pizza, a banana that's a gun, spaghetti that's 'wriggly worms' and much more. Not all parents will be happy about the banana-gun, but other than that, this is a delightful take on kids & food. My son really loved the creative kids with their big imaginations. I was worried he might decide to 'play' this type of game at our next meal, but he seemed to understand that this wasn't exactly dinner-table behavior.
The illustrations are hand-drawn and almost everything in the picture has a corresponding sound effect when tapped, even the plants evoke a 'rustling' noise (as if the plant is alive). The first few times we read this book, neither my son or I realized how many sounds it had, probably because we were enjoying the story so much. Once he discovered that nearly everything has a sound effect, he was even more amused by this book. The sounds are very authentic (even the banana, if tapped right at it's tip, sounds like a gun going off). The children, when tapped, make noises ranging from scared to silly. The meals themselves can even make a noise!
The artwork is lovely, but I also really appreciated the diversity of the children, showing lots of different ethnicities and also diverse foods. Check the synopsis for a full list of each meal and it's alter ego. This book, released about a month ago, is one of several books by this developer. I look forward to seeing more of them in the future.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Sieneke de Rooij/Tineke Meirink
4 - 6 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 2 - 6 +
English • Spanish •Dutch •
The narrator asks "What are you eating?" on each page, and a child answers back with an imaginative explanation. The foods they pretend with include the following: Peas become frogs, a banana becomes a gun, spaghetti becomes worms, spring rolls become 'hot pockets' [Maybe they don't have the frozen food called "Hot Pockets" in Europe – which is not a big loss, culinarily speaking.], meatballs and spinach becomes a 'castle with a swamp where a scary dragon lives', pizza becomes a crown, mashed potatoes with sausage becomes sunshine (with the sausages arranged on the plate like rays of sun around the circular mound of mashed potatoes), rice with shrimp becomes 'rice with little monsters', and a peanut butter sandwich becomes 'a really nice mud sandwich'. The only other food is soup, and it doesn't 'become' anything, although the child is trying to eat it with a fork and answers, "I eat soup, but it's really difficult".