Icky-foodia: The Ultimate Guide to Disgusting Food
210pp., pbk., RRP $A14.99
When the blurb of the book begins, “It’s a CROOKBOOK full of INGROSSIENTS to make every kid into a DISASTERCHEF. It contains smelly and just plain horrible words, scribbles, COOKING DESTRUCTIONS and a guide to the world’s worst RESTAURWRONGS. Full of made-up history, bonkers definitions, food unfacts and packed with illustrations …” then you have an idea of what this book is like and who its target audience is. If the blurb doesn’t warn you then the realistic cockroach on the front cover should.
This is an “alphabetical guide to disgusting foods, horrible recipes and weird meals” that will appeal to those who like the weird and wacky and almost-naughty and who don’t particularly like reading but cope with tiny bits of information and lots of visual features.
The follow-up to Ickypedia which became a stage show , The Listies are comedy duo Matthew Kelly and Richard Higgins whose aim is to make kids laugh using the sort of humour that boys of a certain age relate to.
While not necessarily having a lot of literary merit, if you want to entice reluctant readers into the world of books this may be the bait you need.