Take Me to Your BBQ

By Kathy Duval

Illustrated by Adam McCauley

Ages 4-8, Disney Hyperion 36 pages.
ISBN: 978-1-4231-2255-5

Aliens have landed on Willy’s farm, and they’re not leaving without a square dance and a square meal. So fire up that grill, pour on the barbecue sauce, and snatch up that fiddle. Adam McCauley’s out-of-this-world illustrations match Kathy Duval’s hoedown rhymes like ribs and taters! Get ready for some extraterrestrial, lip-smackin’ fun.

Available March 12, 2013


Many people boast that their barbecue is out of this world, but Willy’s fine-smelling and lip-smacking meal attracts visitors from outer space…Duval chooses just the right amount of Texas twang to spice up the lively rhyming text…The knee-slapping humor, retro feel of the illustrations and the included recipe for Willy’s special sauce serve up some spicy preschool fun. (Picture book. 3-6)

From Booklist

Duval has a darned good time mixing up a stew of western and sci-fi tropes, while McCauley marshals his watercolors into earth tones for the desert and pastels for the UFO lights. Occasional wordless spreads let readers bask in the goofiness, and a recipe for Willy’s Out of This World Barbecue Sauce concludes.

— Daniel Kraus


K-Gr 2–…knee-slappin’ rhythm… rich desert colors and comic proportions…play up the wacky story line. The recipe for “Willy’s Out of This World Barbecue Sauce” might inspire a tasty food-themed program.–Jenna Boles, Washington-Centerville Public Library, OH

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