Publisher: Palmer and Kaufman | ISBN-13: 978-0-615136301
Publisher’s Book Summary: Jolene loves junk food. She loves it so much she wears red licorice in her hair–and pink taffy underwear! The Munch Bunch calls her “The Junk Food Queen.” Then, one night in her dreams, she meets a bunch of cool characters who take her on an incredible, edible journey into a world of juicy fruits, super salads, and yummy smoothies.
Alexa Palmer resides in Rancho Mirage, California, where she has raised three daughters- Alexandra, Stephanie and Christina. A preschool teacher who has been passionate about writing since the age of 8, Alexa also has a background in performing arts from the University of London and Oxford University. She is a published songwriter formerly studying under the tutelage of the late Buddy Kaye and is excited about launching the musical version she created for Jolene.
Catharine is a nationally syndicated food columnist, blogger, author, magazine writer and TV chef. She credits her growing expertise in good nutrition for her survival and recovery from breast cancer and shares that expertise to help keep her family, friends and fans in good health. Writing her columns under the moniker “The Kitchen Shrink,” Catharine dispenses advice on topics that include smart grocery shopping, food facts and folklore, unforgettable dinners on a shoestring, solving cooking disasters and putting the skids on colds, flu and other ailments with healing ‘food chemistry.’
Showing off her humorous culinary savvy, Catharine was featured in a “Kitchen Shrink” mini series produced by Time-Warner, which included such segments as Kitchen Play Date with Kids, and Pantry Preparedness. She also did a stint as radio host and sidekick of restaurant reviewer and food guru Merrill Shindler on KLSX, Los Angeles. As a founder and partner of www.FreeRangeClub.com, the healthy gourmet cooking and food safety blog, Catharine has been garnering kudos from foodies around the world for her featured columns on that long-established site.
Through its offbeat humor, Catharine’s well-received children’s book with collaborator Alexa Palmer, “Jolene – Adventures of a Junk Food Queen,” motivated her two daughters and other children to participate in her cooking classes, as well as to acquire healthier eating habits than many of their peers. “Jolene…” has also been endorsed by the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and is being sold on Amazon and other outlets. Ever since discovering her inner foodie, Catharine has been in her element, focusing her energy and passion on weaning as many people—but especially children and young adults—off toxic foods and guiding them on a fun journey to healthy living.
Jolene: Adventures of a Junk food Queen is written by Alexa Palmer and Catharine Kaufman. The book is illustrated by John Martinez and Hayden Mills. This book is aimed towards children ages 4-10 and is about 60 pages long. I read this book with my 9 and 11 year old sons. We enjoyed this book very much. I have one boy that loves his junk food - and this book made him realize he cannot eat to much of it.
Jolene loves junk food. She loves it so much she wears red licorice in her hair–and pink taffy underwear! She even has popcorn pillows she hides her snacks under. One day she meets the Cavity Ranger. He comes to warn her about how her teeth are rotting from all the sweets she has eaten. Jolene then goes on as she learns that too many sweets is a bad thing.
Jolene is a good example on teaching kids that sweets are ok in moderation. That healthy food can be fun. The boys and I loved this book. Thank you to to the author, publisher and the Children’s book review for allowing me to read a copy of this story - all thoughts are my own.
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