cover image Everyone Loves Bacon

Everyone Loves Bacon

Kelly DiPucchio, illus. by Eric Wight. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-374-30052-4

There are bacon potato chips and even bacon vodka, so why not a bacon-infused picture book? DiPucchio (Gaston) and Wight (the Magic Shop series) don’t just jump on the gastronomic bandwagon, however; they also tell a comically cautionary story that’s worthy of Behind the Music. Bacon is the star of the local diner: a dashing figure with pink and burgundy marbling and a roguish wink, his groupies are many, from curly fries to melon wedges. The exceptions are French Toast, who “ doesn’t like anyone,” and the other breakfast meats, who may be a teeny bit envious. But while Bacon is funny and talented, his growing cultural cachet goes straight to his head, and he starts acting—wait for it—rashly. “His picture appeared on T-shirts. And billboards. And buses,” but Bacon forgets that he’s just another item on the menu. DiPucchio’s short, direct text provides just the right setup for Wight’s boisterous, spoofy drawings and egomaniacal star. His bright-eyed anthropomorphism and visual nudges should remind many readers of Veggie Tales at its most supremely silly. Ages 3–6. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Sept.)