Saxton Freyman received his first jackknife on his eighth birthday,
which he used right away to carve his very first pumpkin. He now
runs the eeBoo gift line with his wife, Mia.
Joost Elffers has been a book packager since the 1970s, responsible for such mega-bestsellers as Tangrams, The Secret Language of Birthdays, The 48 Laws of Power, and Play with Your Food. Visit him on the web at elffers.com.
A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book
Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers have created sweet and feisty little beings with feelings, passions, fears, and an emotional range that is . . . organic . . . The easygoing, conversational text is reassuring and upbeat about social encounters for the very young . . . As a book about feelings, a kitchen-witchery tour de force or a spur to crafts action on your own or with your kids, How Are You Peeling? is charming, friendly, instructive and, of course, appealing (spell it how you will). -- The New York Times Book Review
* An eye-catching and enormously appealing book . . . Accompanied by simple rhymes, the attractive photographs burst with color. Use this book to discuss different moods, to introduce the names of many fruits and vegetables, to identify colors, and to inspire young artists to create sculptures of their own. -- School Library Journal, starred review
Children and their keepers will be astonished to discover how closely the wrinkles, bends, and creases in produce can mimic human feelings . . . Fun, and useful: what child would not be encouraged to talk about being shy when there is a cantaloupe that admits to exactly the same thing? -- Kirkus Reviews
Kids will find the inherent silliness irresistible and be drawn in by the book's visual appeal: the colors are strong, the photography is excellent, and the expressions, derived from the natural lumps and bumps of the fruits and vegetables (enhanced by a few incisions), are surprisingly masterful. -- Booklist