Who loves a good book?

Last weekend I spent some time with my daughter looking through a lovely new book. ‘Kiss or Cook?’, by Lulu Lotus, aims to get young children thinking about the food they eat through an interactive book with beautiful graphics. ‘Kiss Or Cook?’ is the first in a series of children’s books that advocate for all animals andkiss or cook vegan children's book cover image instil compassion through living peacefully. It also includes a few added bonus pages… find out more about that later!

But what did my daughter and I think of it?

Kiss or Cook: A Vegan Book

My daughter is 3 and a half years old. The first things that drew her attention when we opened the book were the bright and colourful graphics. The book has rainbow colours throughout, perfect for pre-schoolers. Before we even started reading, she was eager to get out her colouring pens and recreate some of the images!

Each double page has a graphic of an animal on the left, and an item of food on the right. This is to help children clearly see the difference between ‘friends’ and food. My daughter loved distinguishing between the two, pointing out if she liked the food item (“fava beans…yuk!”) and telling me facts that she knew about each animal.

Even though the book doesn’t have a story as such, it gets children involved by asking questions such as ‘how many kisses

kiss or cook vegan children's book food page

can you count?’. The colours of food items are pointed out, every animal has a sweet name, and these prompts are a great way for child and parent to start a meaningful discussion, or just bond.

The book has some lovely vegan quotes at the end for the accompanying adult to read too. You can also find out more about the rescue animals featured in the book, to carry on the child’s learning about compassion.

I do think that the book was probably a little ‘young’ for my daughter as she can already count, recognise many colours, and she found the book quite easy to go through. Of course, that does depend on each child’s developmental progress. I’d probably recommend the book for 2 – 3 year olds so they can get the most out of it.

Bonus Vegan Features!

Near the back of the book is a lovely doughnut recipe, which I wasn’t expecting – it was a lovely surprise! Very appealing for children, and simple so that they can help make them too. My daughter has been asking me to make these ever since we first looked at the book! It also encourages children to use vegan ingredients, rather than animals as food. This ties in nicely with the moral of the book, and is a great excuse to keep revisiting the themes. Thinking about it, it might have been even nicer to have a recipe using the ingredients mentioned

kiss or cook vegan children's book colouring

throughout the book. Although we do like a good doughnut in this house, so no complaints here!

Lastly, there was a lovely colouring page that my pre-schooler wanted to get started on straight away. The picture features many of the animals in the book, allowing you to talk about the themes of the book whilst they colour away. Grab a pencil and join in!

We loved this book!

It was so nice to see a children’s book that teaches about compassion in a way that isn’t forced. This book is a great indirect way of getting your children thinking about the role of animals and food. Because there weren’t any scary facts about the animal industry, or masses of writing, it’s ideal for really young children. I actually think a longer, more detailed version of the book for ages 4-8 could work too.

Interested in the book? You can get a copy here. I’d personally recommend a hard copy rather than the Kindle edition, due to the interactive nature of the book. The pictures just look so stunning in real life. The kids will thank you for it! You can also check out LuluLotus Books on Facebook for future news and releases. She does have another book called ‘Free or Force?’ that has just been released. We look forward to checking it out.

What’s your favourite vegan book? Let me know in the comments!

NB: We received a free copy of ‘Kiss or Cook?’ in exchange for an honest review. I hope you like it!

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