PASCUAL AND THE KITCHEN ANGELS
Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
Published January 5, 2004
G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York
Copyright © 2004 by Tomie dePaola
10 ¼” (width) x 9 ¾” (height)
Hardcover, Picture Book, 32 pages, unnumbered
Reading Level – Ages 4 up
From the book’s flap copy…
When Pascual is born, angels sing from the trees. When he sings to the sheep, they sing back. All the animals love this special boy.
So it is no surprise when he grows up and wants to join a monastery to help the poor. Mama sends him off with a big basket of food for the friars, and they send Pascual to the kitchen to cook for them.
Poor Pascual! He doesn’t know how to cook, so he prays. And that’s when the kitchen angels swoop down and prepare a feast so delicious that the friars want Pascual to cook every night.
What can he do?
Exquisite illustrations reminiscent of Italian frescoes capture the beauty and humor of Pascual’s story. Children and cooks alike will smile and wish they had their own kitchen angels.
Read Tomie’s personal notes regarding this book in…
Spotlight On… PASCUAL AND THE KITCHEN ANGELS
“This story, with a tender, light feeling, is an ideal vehicle for dePaola’s familiar images, here dappled with whimsy.”
From KIRKUS REVIEWS…
“A note about the saint and a dedication to a number of notable foodies complete this utterly charming work.”
From PUBLISHERS WEEKLY…
“DePaola adds much to amuse young readers – a kitchen cat to observe the angels, hungry friars who wait outside the kitchen, forks and knives in hand – but doesn’t lose sight of Pascual’s faith, demonstrating that a picture book can be worshipful and joyful at the same time.”
From SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL…
“DePaola brews up a delightful retelling of the life of the patron saint of cooks and the kitchen.”
Editor – Margaret Frith
Art Director – Cecilia Yung
Book Designer – Gina DiMassi and Marikka Tamura
The art was done on 140 lb. Arches handmade rough watercolor paper using acrylics and gesso.
For Eduardo Fernandez – Lalo Uno – who “introduced” me to San Pascual.
Also for Danny Meyer of Union Square Café, Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park, Tabla and Blue Smoke. “The Two Hot Tamales,” Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, of Border Grill and Ciudad.
As well as Judy Rodgers of Zuni Café, Alice Waters of Chez Panisse and Sara Moulton of the Food Network (none of whom I’ve met).
And, last but not least, my “FOODIE” friends, Cecilia Yung, Mary Ann Esposito, Carol Field, Mary Richter and Mario.
About the dedication…
Eduardo Fernandez is a friend in Mexico.
Danny Meyer is a restaurateur in New York City.
Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger are restaurateurs in Los Angeles.
Zuni Café (Judy Rodgers) is in San Francisco.
Chez Panisse (Alice Waters) is in Berkeley.
Sara Moulton is the executive chef of GOURMET and the host of “Sara’s Secrets” on the Food Network.
Cecilia Yung is the art director for G. P. Putnam’s Sons and Philomel Books.
Mary Ann Esposito is the host of public television’s “Ciao Italia.”
Carol Field wrote THE ITALIAN BAKER and CELEBRATING ITALY.
Mary Richter cooks in Minneapolis.
Mario is a doctor in Mexico City.
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