When screenwriter Yves Stening and illustrator Nigel Buchanan met at the school gate it was inevitable that one day they would merge their creative talents. Together they have created an inspired new kid’s series, Dinner Detectives, which begins with Case #101, A Fearsome Beast and a Dumpling Feast.
Yves says “Having a young child, I was curious as to why children liked certain foods and disliked others. Through friends, we became aware that many children were very fussy eaters but at the same time some dishes were universal hits.”
A Fearsome Beast and a Dumpling Feast is the result of Yves’s curious stories and Nigel’s wonderful illustrations, bringing to life an original and intriguing way to encourage kids to develop a healthy interest in food. Aimed at infant and primary school kids, this unique series incorporates friendship, humour, the power of imagination and a love of food.
The series features dinner detective siblings, Clementine, (who loves ‘all types of food’) and Aksel (who eats ‘only white things’). They travel back in time and around the world to uncover magical stories behind the food we eat every day.
In their first adventure, A Fearsome Beast and a Dumpling Feast, they travel with their cousin, Ying, to ancient China to discover where dumplings came from. Each story includes a recipe that kids can make with their parents. Parents will enjoy reading these stories with their children as it opens up a discussion about where food comes from and how much fun it is to cook.
Please join us on Thursday, July 13, when Yves will read A Fearsome Beast and a Dumpling Feast to the kids (to whet their appetite!). Yves will pre-prepare dumplings for the kids to try. And as a special treat the kids will also be able to make their own to eat as well! While this is aimed at kids 5 and up, younger kids are also welcome. Please be advised that PARENTAL SUPERVISION IS REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES.
See below for a clip of Yves discussing the book…