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Inspire Kids to Eat Healthy with “Little Belly Monster” Cookbook Stories:  A Unique New Food Series


“Little Belly Monster Makes a Pizza” and “Little Belly Monster Makes French Toast”, are the first two books of a unique new genre for kids:  the Cookbook Story.

We’ve all heard of the on-going need for healthy foods and good eating habits, especially with childhood obesity on the rise.  But how do we appeal to kids?  By getting them started at a young age and by promoting nutritious options in delicious, fun and engaging ways.  The Little Belly Monster does all of this…and more.

This on-going series is a new approach to kids’ healthy cooking and eating.  Unlike traditional cookbooks, they are written for children 3 to 8 years old to read, as individual cooking stories.  There are no other books like this on the market.  Each picture book is a beautifully illustrated story of an adorable little monster, who makes a single, step-by-step recipe.  He uses lots of healthy ingredients, while sharing every day cooking terms and safety tips.

Similar to the way adults are inspired by the Food Network, the Little Belly Monster has kids reading the books over and over again, as charming stories in themselves about the love of good food, while unwittingly learning invaluable life skills.  Parents have the option of using the books as stand-alone, healthy picture stories or as family cooking activities that will put a great dish on the table by the end.  The recipes are simple enough for parents and kids to execute any day of the week.

From wholesome ingredients, simplified instructions and quick reference shopping lists, to the charming character, beautiful food illustrations, and of course, the tasty finished products, there has been much positive response from kids, parents, teachers and retailers alike.

“GREAT storybook and cookbook mom and kids will love.” – Mommy Reasons

“It’s a great way to get kids excited about eating healthy, and they won’t even realize they’re eating whole wheat pita and lots of veggies.” – Plutos Platos

By simply being able to captivate young readers’ cooking aspirations at their level, the series has the potential to become an invaluable learning tool for kids, supporting the timeless need for healthier choices.

“Little Belly Monster Makes a Pizza”

8.5” x 8.5” Paperback, 36 pages

ISBN:   9780986942402

Cover Price:  $12.99

“Little Belly Monster Makes French Toast”

8.5” x 8.5” Paperback, 40 pages

ISBN:  9780986942426

Cover Price:  $12.99


This series can be purchased at:

– Select Indigo & independent Toronto, Canada stores

– Online at Indigo, Amazon and Barnes & Noble

– For retailers, books can be ordered directly through Ingram

“Little Belly Monster Makes a Pizza” can be read online at  For review copies, more information, book events or interview requests, please contact:

Belly Productions Inc.

Margaret John


About the Author & Illustrator

Author, Margaret John, grew up in her family’s restaurant and now spends hours cooking, eating and testing new recipes in her kitchen.  She is an award-winning, multimedia producer and the mother of two young children in Toronto, Canada.  Her children are progressing well as budding foodies, eating a wide variety of healthy foods and starting their very own cooking endeavors.

Sarah Kim is an illustrator and designer based out of Toronto.  From editorial illustration to children’s books, installation or lettering, her style is approachable, clean and modern.  The work is inspired by everything from wanderlust to a good pop song, and a garden growing out of control.  She is a graduate of Ryerson University’s New Media fine arts program and also continues to develop her exhibition work.

As a team with endless food ideas, please watch for their next book, “Little Belly Monster Makes a Super Smoothie,” andlbm_rumble the fourth and fifth books of the series.


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