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Boy Soup

by Loris Lesynski
illustrated by Michael Martchenko

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humorous stories
list price: $6.95
also available: Hardcover Hardcover Paperback
published: 2008
publisher: Annick Press
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
4 to 7
k to 2
Reading age:
4 to 7
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Boy Soup

In 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.

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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
some mud
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. 

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Editorial Reviews

“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
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Loris Lesynski

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Michael Martchenko

Michael Martchenko is the award-winning illustrator of the Classic Munsch series and many other beloved children's books. He was born north of Paris, France, and moved to Canada when he was seven. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Patricia.

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