Take It From Me: Workman Publishing (Review)

February 1, 2012

Workman Publishing (Review)

"Workman Publishing Company, a medium-sized independent publisher, is the creator of award-winning calendars, cookbooks, parenting/pregnancy guides, and fun, educational children’s titles, as well as gardening, humor, self-help, and business books. From our What to Expect series and Page-A-Day Calendars to the iconic 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and Gallop!, the one-of-a-kind, moving picture book for kids, our products inspire readers and other publishers alike."
 I have quite enjoyed working with Workman Publishing and love all the great products available on their site! They gladly sent us two wonderful books to review that have really helped our New Year's resolution to read more often as a family. The two books that we reviewed and would highly recommend were The Splendid Spotted Snake and How Do You Feed A Hungry Giant?
"It’s a marvel! Every time you turn the page the little snake grows bigger. And it’s a book that teaches colors: with every page his spots change color. Amazing! But how does it work???"

My girls love this book and want to read it everyday! When you turn the first page there is a ribbon with colored spots on it which is part of the snakes body. As you turn the pages, the snake (magic ribbon) grows new colored spots! This book is extremely cute and gets you wondering how the snake is growing. My oldest daughter has this book memorized, and my 18 month old loves pointing at the colors as they magically appear with each turn of the page. It's an overall fantastic book that your kids will fall in love with!
"When a boy named Oscar discovers a giant—a very hungry giant holding a sign that says “Food Please”—in his backyard, he knows he can’t turn his back on him Yet it’s not easy feeding a hungry giant. A whole pizza disappears in a single gulp. Twelve blueberry muffins, 33 jars of peanut butter, 197 chocolate chip cookies—all just an appetizer. So what is little Oscar to do? Just how do you feed a hungry giant?"

This hardback interactive picture book is both humorous and heartfelt. From the large foldout giant who is holding a sign that says "Food Please," to a pool of chocolate milk that when you pull on the tab, the milk magically disappears! This is a hands on book that has my kids wanting to read it over and over.
Oscar thinks of everything to feed the hungry giant, but it ends up just being snack food for him. It's not until Oscar's Mom finds out there is a very hungry giant in their backyard that she volunteers her time and food to make the giant eight enormous meals, each feeding one giant, or 8 kids! This book has been a great teaching tool for my girls. Teaching them about helping others who are in need and making the world a better place. The recipes are also included in the book, in a separate pull out booklet, which is very fun.

Pizza-Size  Chocolate Chip Cookie
Vegetable Oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter chips or white chocolate chips
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 14-inch pizza pan with vegetable oil and set it aside.
2. Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together into a large mixing bowl.
3. In another mixing bowl, beat the butter, both sugars, and vanilla together until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
4. Slowly add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, beating until well blended.
5. Stir in the chocolate and peanut butter chips.
6. Spread the dough in the prepared pizza pan, pulling it
and folding over the edges to make a rim.
7. Bake until lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes.
8. Let the cookie cool slightly and then cut it into wedges to serve.
Ginormous Blueberry Muffin
For the topping
Vegetable Oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into very small pieces, chilled
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon light brown sugar
For the muffin
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting the pan
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
½ cup whole milk, at room temperature
1 cup sour cream, at room temperature
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (thawed and drained if frozen)
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch round cake pan with butter or vegetable oil, dust
it with flour, and tap out any excess flour. Set the pan aside.
2. Make the topping: Combine the cinnamon, butter, flour, and brown sugar in a small bowl, and stir together well with your fingers. Set it aside.
3. Make the muffin: Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl, and set it aside.
4. In a large mixing bowl, blend the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy. Then add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the milk and sour cream, and blend again.
5. One cup at a time, add the flour mixture to the egg mixture, stirring it in well.
6. Fold in the blueberries very gently, so they don’t break and turn everything blue.
7. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake pan. Sprinkle the topping over the batter,
and bake until a knife inserted in the center of the muffin comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes.
8. Let the muffin cool slightly in the pan, and then cut it into wedges to serve.
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A BIG THANK YOU to Workman Publishing for providing me with a copy of HOW DO YOU FEED A HUNGRY GIANT and The Splendid Spotted Snake to review.  These are my honest opinions, your experience may vary.

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