Feeding the Flying Fanellis

And Other Poems from a Circus Chef

  • Interest Level: Grade 1 - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

What do you feed a trapeze family to keep them up in the air? A fire eater with a penchant for hot sauce? Or a lion with a gourmet palate? How do you satisfy a sweet-toothed human cannonball who’s outgrowing his cannon?

Find out what keeps these performers juggling, balancing, and entertaining—meals prepared by their tireless chef! Poems from this jolly cook give a glimpse of his unusual perspective, from delightful to downright funny. Enjoy a front-row seat for this whimsical look at circus life that just might make you hungry!

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2015
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2015-10-01
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JNF042000, JNF042010, JNF039010
Dewey 811'.6
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed


  • SCBWI Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book, Commended, 2016


School Library Journal

“The verses [are] fun, read-aloud choices, and librarians and educators will find this a useful resource for sparking thought about the circus, food preferences, and poetry writing.”—School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly

“Kawa’s exuberant illustrations easily keep pace with Hosford’s rhymes, conjuring a memorable cast. . . . It’s a highly enjoyable and inventive blend of circus feats and culinary treats.”—Publishers Weekly


“Hosford’s cast of characters and unique culinary approach make for an enjoyable, coherent collection. Kawa’s detailed illustrations steal the show, injecting a wild sort of energy into the proceedings.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Enjoy a ringside seat and be enthralled by a circus that’s like no other.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Kate Hosford

Kate Hosford is the author of several picture books, including Infinity and Me which won the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award and was named an ALA Notable Children's Book. She lives in Brooklyn.

Illustrator: Cosei Kawa

Cosei Kawa is an award-winning Japanese artist. His many accolades include the CCBC Choices best-of-the-year list, the Sydney Taylor Book Award Silver Medal, and the Turry's Picture Book Award.