Adderson, C., & Bisaillon, J. (illustrator). (2015). Eat, Leo, Eat! [e-book]. Toronto: Kids Can Press.
Leo doesn’t want to eat lunch when his family goes to Nonna’s every week. So Nonna tells him a story about a little boy venturing to his grandmother’s house, continuing the story a little every week.
This cute story combines the repetitiveness of a fairy tale with a new take on traditional tales by incorporating both pasta and Italian vocabulary. The illustrations are charming and the story is heartwarming.
The e-book version can be opened in your browser. While there are no interactive features, the story is narrated. As the narrator reads along, the words are highlighted so that readers can follow along. Compared to some mechanical and robotic read-along stories, this one was natural and enjoyable. The narrator sounded human instead of artificial.
Overall, I give this adorable story a 4.5 out of 5, especially for young children!