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Food for thought.
– Bowl Full of Cherries


Paperback: $8.95
978-0-9826366-2-6 Amazon BN


Hardcover: $15.95
978-0-9826366-3-3 Amazon


Vanita Oelschlager
Robin Hegan

Ages 4-8
44 Pages



Give The Kid a Book

February, 2013


Beautiful illustrations and fun with idioms. Each new page was a delight. Wonderful artwork and educational at the same time!


Amazon / Goodreads

February, 2013


This book is really fun to read and explain the meanings to a child. The idioms are simple and I found them to prompt discussions between myself and my children. The pictures are very cute, bright and colorful and were pleasing even to the eye of an adult. This book made my kids laugh and have a good time and they enjoyed it enough that they wanted to read it a second time. This book has few words and would be appropriate for even a very young reader, but older children would most likely enjoy it as well. This book gives parents an easy opportunity to teach their kids about another important part of language. I would recommend this to other parents, or to teachers. We enjoyed it.


The Busy Mom Bookshelf

December, 2012


This is a great book of food-related idioms. My kids are familiar with and really enjoyed Parts by Tedd Arnold (a book of body related idioms). This book reminded me very much of that book.


The illustrations are eye-catching, colorful and humorous! Idioms like "Couch Potato" "Packed in Like Sardines" and "One Bad Apple" are used and explained in this book. The idiom is written and illustrated through a literal interpretation. Upside down on the bottom of the page is an explanation of the idiom. At the end of the book the author gives a brief history and explanation of idioms.


My 6 year old daughter really enjoyed this book and seemed to understand the expressions. Even if my 4 year old son didn't quite "get" the idioms he enjoyed looking at the illustrations. This book is a great addition to any elementary teacher's classroom library.


Perfect Chaos

Stacie Wyatt

December, 2012


The cover of the book grabbed me at first. The book discusses silly food idioms, such as "flat as a pancake" or "the big cheese". The illustrations by Robin Hagan were amazing. I loved them. The illustrations were colorful, graphic, funny, and comical. The book also discusses what idioms are.


Book Reviews
by Michelle Norris

June 5, 2012


I recently had the pleasure of reviewing an adorable children's book titled Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries: A Book of Food Idioms and Silly Pictures by Vanita Oelschlager and illustrated by Robin Hegan. Published last Spring by VanitaBooks, this is a splendid introduction to idioms experienced in the English language.

When my son hears an idiom in daily dialogue, I can just see his mind creating the picture while his nose crinkles up in semi-disbelief. He has some difficulty in fully comprehending idioms and sarcasm. I made sure to include him when I read through this book; testing his grasp of idioms. He learned quite a bit!

Vanita's interesting food idioms coupled with Robin's lively illustrations kept his attention as we discussed the idiom, its meaning, and its proper use. These ladies created a wonderful resource to help children discover couch potatoes, sweet toothes, and the big cheese.

Parents of children with special needs will find this book a great addition to their therapeutic collection. Children from all backgrounds will enjoy the word play and benefit from a better understanding of idioms and their uses.

In 2009, VanitaBooks published their first idiom book, Birds of a Feather, featuring bird, insect, and animal related idioms. As much as my son enjoyed their second book, I will be adding this one to our reading list.

{Disclosure: I was allowed to read this book digitally via NetGalley. A temporary digital copy was provided to me by VanitaBooks.}

dashThe Baytown Sun

by Joan Martin

July 10, 2011


Subtitled a book of food idioms and silly pictures, this book is a great tool for both classroom and home.


The couch potato is actually planted in the ground and can't get up.


The reader has a chance to explain words that really do not mean what they say. Then he can turn the book upside down and read the explanation.


When the dentist pulls the sweet tooth covered with candy, the reader will wish to be in the picture to satisfy his sweet tooth.


Double-page pictures draw the reader in and will tickle his funny bone (another idiom) with a can of sardines and the black spider catching more flies with honey than with vinegar.


The pie in the sky lets the moon take a vacation.


Robin Hegan's brilliant illustrations will help the reader to "read between the lines" and figure out the hidden meanings.


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