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In this silly, action-packed graphic novel from Wauter Mannaert, Chef Yasmina and the Potato Panic, a young chef is the only one who can protect her town from an onslaught of scientifically enhanced, highly addictive potatoes. Yasmina isn't like the other kids in her city. Maybe it's the big chef hat she wears. Or the fact that she stuffs her dad's lunchbox full of spring r In this silly, action-packed graphic novel from Wauter Mannaert, Chef Yasmina and the Potato Panic, a young chef is the only one who can protect her town from an onslaught of scientifically enhanced, highly addictive potatoes. Yasmina isn't like the other kids in her city. Maybe it's the big chef hat she wears. Or the fact that she stuffs her dad's lunchbox full of spring rolls instead of peanut butter and jelly. She might be an oddball, but no one can deny that Yasmina has a flair for food. All she needs to whip up a gourmet meal is a recipe from her cookbook and fresh vegetable form the community garden. But everything changes when the garden is bulldozed and replaced with a strange new crop of potatoes. Her neighbors can't get enough of these spuds! And after just one bite their behavior changes--they slobber, chase cats, and howl at the moon. What's the secret ingredient in these potatoes that has everyone acting like a bunch of crazed canines? Yasmina needs to find a cure, and fast!


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In this silly, action-packed graphic novel from Wauter Mannaert, Chef Yasmina and the Potato Panic, a young chef is the only one who can protect her town from an onslaught of scientifically enhanced, highly addictive potatoes. Yasmina isn't like the other kids in her city. Maybe it's the big chef hat she wears. Or the fact that she stuffs her dad's lunchbox full of spring r In this silly, action-packed graphic novel from Wauter Mannaert, Chef Yasmina and the Potato Panic, a young chef is the only one who can protect her town from an onslaught of scientifically enhanced, highly addictive potatoes. Yasmina isn't like the other kids in her city. Maybe it's the big chef hat she wears. Or the fact that she stuffs her dad's lunchbox full of spring rolls instead of peanut butter and jelly. She might be an oddball, but no one can deny that Yasmina has a flair for food. All she needs to whip up a gourmet meal is a recipe from her cookbook and fresh vegetable form the community garden. But everything changes when the garden is bulldozed and replaced with a strange new crop of potatoes. Her neighbors can't get enough of these spuds! And after just one bite their behavior changes--they slobber, chase cats, and howl at the moon. What's the secret ingredient in these potatoes that has everyone acting like a bunch of crazed canines? Yasmina needs to find a cure, and fast!

55 review for Chef Yasmina and the Potato Panic

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melina Souza

    3.5 Peguei pra ler durante a live de sprints de leitura hoje e adorei. Gostei muito de saber qual foi a inspiração do autor para escrever essa graphic novel (tem essa informação logo depois que a história acaba) ♡ Depois falo mais sobre ele porque agora estou com fome hehe :x

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Read more graphic novel reviews at www.graphiclibrary.org. Yasmina is an aspiring young chef who fills her dad’s lunchbox with delicious and fresh foods. He works at a French fry eatery, but she insists on fresh ingredients that she often obtains from a neighborhood garden. That is, until a big conglomerate comes in, buys the land, and razes the gardens to plant potato fields. Yasmina resorts to stealing veggies and herbs from a neighbor’s garden on the roof of her building, but she’s eventually Read more graphic novel reviews at www.graphiclibrary.org. Yasmina is an aspiring young chef who fills her dad’s lunchbox with delicious and fresh foods. He works at a French fry eatery, but she insists on fresh ingredients that she often obtains from a neighborhood garden. That is, until a big conglomerate comes in, buys the land, and razes the gardens to plant potato fields. Yasmina resorts to stealing veggies and herbs from a neighbor’s garden on the roof of her building, but she’s eventually caught and made to stop. She tries to spend her meager savings on some fresh foods from the market, but she instead finds all the fresh ingredients have been replaced by potato crisps in bags, and her fellow townspeople are going nuts for them! Yasmina and her friends from the garden must get to the bottom of the mystery of these potato crisps and why they’re turning the townspeople into crazy animals, and her upstairs neighbor may have something to do with it all. Yasmina is so full of energy, and reading this made me hungry for some fresh foods. She is very passionate about food and her family, and she expresses her love for her father in being able to cook for him. There is a bit of a criticism to cultures prioritizing convenience food rather than homemade with fresh ingredients, as well as the harm being done to the environment by large corporate farming. The "mystery" Yasmina must solve is fun and slightly gross. Most of the characters around Yasmina, including her dad, are not given a ton of depth or development. Still, this is an imaginative story with some interesting social commentary. The art is a little interesting. There are whole pages without dialogue, but the story is easy to follow. There are no panel outlines like traditional graphic novels. Make sure readers have a firm grasp on narrating wordless pages and following the flow without panels. Sara's Rating: 7/10 Suitability Level: Grades 6-8 This review was made possible with an advanced reader copy from the publisher through Net Galley. This graphic novel will be on sale January 26, 2021.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This book has been published in English before, but in two volumes. Together, as one volume, the story seems to drag a little in the middle, that I didn't notice when reading it separated by a few months. This is the evil altered potatoes that people are eating, and starting to act funny, and Yasmina, who always prepares the food for her father, and doesn't eat fast food, doesn't notice until the community garden that she gets her veggies from is taken away from her. A nice enough story. Really wo This book has been published in English before, but in two volumes. Together, as one volume, the story seems to drag a little in the middle, that I didn't notice when reading it separated by a few months. This is the evil altered potatoes that people are eating, and starting to act funny, and Yasmina, who always prepares the food for her father, and doesn't eat fast food, doesn't notice until the community garden that she gets her veggies from is taken away from her. A nice enough story. Really wonderful bad guys, but, as I said, it sags a bit in the middle. Good middle grade story, though. Strong heroine. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    I thought Chef Yasmina and the Potato Panic was a fun adventure with an unexpected twist.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Review posted here: https://msyinglingreads.blogspot.com/... E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Review posted here: https://msyinglingreads.blogspot.com/...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brigid

    Chef Yasmina and the Potato Panic, by Wauter Mannaert, is one of a flurry of recent graphic novels about kids who love to cook. Yasmina whips up gourmet meals for herself and her widowed father from vegetables supplied by two friends. When a stranger comes to town and bulldozes the friends’ vegetable gardens to set up a factory farm, Yasmina is reduced to stealing produce from the mysterious woman who has a whole farm on the roof of their building. Meanwhile the factory farm is pumping out potat Chef Yasmina and the Potato Panic, by Wauter Mannaert, is one of a flurry of recent graphic novels about kids who love to cook. Yasmina whips up gourmet meals for herself and her widowed father from vegetables supplied by two friends. When a stranger comes to town and bulldozes the friends’ vegetable gardens to set up a factory farm, Yasmina is reduced to stealing produce from the mysterious woman who has a whole farm on the roof of their building. Meanwhile the factory farm is pumping out potato snacks that are not only addictive but cause the people who eat them to act like dogs. Yasmina and her gardener friends unravel the mystery and (spoiler alert!) turn the evil factory owner into a potato. Mannaert, who is Dutch, is also the artist for the graphic novel Weegee: Serial Photographer. Yasmina is totally different but it carries over Mannaert’s sly humor and eye for detail, and there is some spectacular cartooning here, with cutaway views of Yasmina’s apartment building, panoramic urban scenes filled with diverse people and neighborhoods, and of course, the teeming gardens tended by three quirky gardeners. There’s also a great section in the end where Mannaert talks about the development of the book. It’s intended for kids aged 8-12 but there’s plenty here for an adult to appreciate.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Becky B

    Yasmina loves to cook and prepare fresh veggies for her father and herself in creative ways. She relies heavily on the local community garden for her creations. When a big company growing dubious potatoes destroys the garden and starts cranking out products that have people acting VERY strangely, Chef Yasmina is on the case of how to reverse what they’ve done and take down the company. I’m totally fine with some imaginative scifi about what crazy scientists can do with wacky machines. As a former Yasmina loves to cook and prepare fresh veggies for her father and herself in creative ways. She relies heavily on the local community garden for her creations. When a big company growing dubious potatoes destroys the garden and starts cranking out products that have people acting VERY strangely, Chef Yasmina is on the case of how to reverse what they’ve done and take down the company. I’m totally fine with some imaginative scifi about what crazy scientists can do with wacky machines. As a former biology teacher, I think it is sad how people get psyched out about genetically modified foods purely because they don’t understand the science. I hope kids will view this as pure fictional entertainment and do some careful study of how recombinant DNA science really works (I’ll give you a sneak preview…you cannot incorporate the DNA of what you eat into your own DNA…unless you are feasting on viruses instead of normal dietary choices). Notes on content: No language issues. No sexual content. One person is turned into vegetable. People act like animals, including some biting. Yasmina is not above stealing veggies when she can’t get them from other places and doesn’t seem very sorry about doing so. I received an ARC of this title from Harvest House through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    I received an electronic ARC from First Second Books through NetGalley. Humorous with dark undertones that challenge readers to think about what they eat on one plane, and who/what they believe and follow on a deeper one. Yasmina loves to cook and work hard to cook healthy meals for her dad. Hints of past grief and current financial struggles are easy to pick up from the artwork. Sadly, to cook her vegetarian (by necessity) meals, she has to steal from a neighbor's rooftop garden to supplement wh I received an electronic ARC from First Second Books through NetGalley. Humorous with dark undertones that challenge readers to think about what they eat on one plane, and who/what they believe and follow on a deeper one. Yasmina loves to cook and work hard to cook healthy meals for her dad. Hints of past grief and current financial struggles are easy to pick up from the artwork. Sadly, to cook her vegetarian (by necessity) meals, she has to steal from a neighbor's rooftop garden to supplement what she gets from others she knows. When her friends' gardens are plowed under to build a huge factory farm, the real changes begin. They notice that people who eat the new chips have definite changes in personality. They follow blindly and move in packs. In fact, they appear to show dog-like characteristics. Together with her two friends and neighbor, they solve the mystery, defeat the owner, and develop a solution to change people back. The underlying themes are woven throughout and tied in by both the text and illustrations. The artwork offers further hints and background so readers can flesh out the full story. Looking forward to reading more in this series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I don't quite know what to make of this book. There was a lot going on, and it took a while to get to the point. There were some pages with almost no text and some which were almost all text, which sometimes seemed jarring when going from one extreme to the other. Several plot points were fairly bizarre, and while obviously this isn't meant to be realistic, it just seemed too difficult to suspend disbelief. I also found it hard to get past the idea that Yasmina's father didn't realize they had n I don't quite know what to make of this book. There was a lot going on, and it took a while to get to the point. There were some pages with almost no text and some which were almost all text, which sometimes seemed jarring when going from one extreme to the other. Several plot points were fairly bizarre, and while obviously this isn't meant to be realistic, it just seemed too difficult to suspend disbelief. I also found it hard to get past the idea that Yasmina's father didn't realize they had no money for food and they were only able to eat because she was getting all of her ingredients for free. He was kind of out of it, but that's pretty extreme (and I think the target age will notice that, too). I do think there are some fun parts of this book. There are some funny and gross parts which kids will probably appreciate. The art was well done and it's great that the author described his process at the end. Overall, this just kind of missed the mark for me. E-ARC provided by NetGalley and First Second in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    3.5 stars! Fun and silly middle grade story with an entertaining bad guy, evil potatoes, and a heroine who cooks! It is a quick read and for kids who love cooking I think they will enjoy seeing Chef Yasmina's creations...and maybe even be inspired to upgrade their own lunches. I also think middle grade readers will like a few of the gross parts of the book! Having spent time in Belgium I greatly appreciated the nod to french fries in a cone, but I do wonder if there will be some details that are t 3.5 stars! Fun and silly middle grade story with an entertaining bad guy, evil potatoes, and a heroine who cooks! It is a quick read and for kids who love cooking I think they will enjoy seeing Chef Yasmina's creations...and maybe even be inspired to upgrade their own lunches. I also think middle grade readers will like a few of the gross parts of the book! Having spent time in Belgium I greatly appreciated the nod to french fries in a cone, but I do wonder if there will be some details that are tricky to my students here in America...the money is in Euros, they likely have never seen french fries in a cone so that drawing may be a bit confusing and in the recipes grams is used. With thanks to NetGalley and First Second Books for an early copy in return for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley.com First scene: A female scientist seems to genetically blend a fly and a potato. ACK! Summary: A company buys a plot of land and begins producing and selling a special brand of potato chips that are addicting and make the consumers act a little off. A young chef, Yasmina, teams up with a scientist and two gardeners to stop them. My Thoughts: This graphic novel was very fun. It was a quick stand alone read, although I do see some potential for sequels I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley.com First scene: A female scientist seems to genetically blend a fly and a potato. ACK! Summary: A company buys a plot of land and begins producing and selling a special brand of potato chips that are addicting and make the consumers act a little off. A young chef, Yasmina, teams up with a scientist and two gardeners to stop them. My Thoughts: This graphic novel was very fun. It was a quick stand alone read, although I do see some potential for sequels with the same characters. Foodie kids and young teens would definitely enjoy this book. FYI: Trigger warning: vomit depiction. Gross!

  12. 5 out of 5

    BreAnna (Bre'sBooks)

    **ARC provided by NetGalley for review** Chef Yasmina and the Potato Panic was a fun middle-grade graphic novel about a healthy and ambitious young girl who's a cooking whiz and a mysterious potato company that tries to ruin everything! This was a simple story and a fun adventure for kids. Although it left me with a couple lingering questions about the characters, I didn't have any problems with the writing itself. It was nice to see how Yasmina helped out at home while dad was at work. She was su **ARC provided by NetGalley for review** Chef Yasmina and the Potato Panic was a fun middle-grade graphic novel about a healthy and ambitious young girl who's a cooking whiz and a mysterious potato company that tries to ruin everything! This was a simple story and a fun adventure for kids. Although it left me with a couple lingering questions about the characters, I didn't have any problems with the writing itself. It was nice to see how Yasmina helped out at home while dad was at work. She was such a (mostly) responsible and creative character; I think kids would really enjoy. The art was great also.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maria Rowe

    Fun, humorous story that will also make you think about what goes in your food. The illustrations help add a lot to the story and are well done. I wish the characters had been fleshed out a lot more - they’re a bit one dimensional. Why does Yasmina love to cook? How does her dad not realize they have no money to eat, and that Yasmina gets all the food from two local gardeners? Questions like these left me lingering for more story building and character development. Thanks to NetGalley for a free Fun, humorous story that will also make you think about what goes in your food. The illustrations help add a lot to the story and are well done. I wish the characters had been fleshed out a lot more - they’re a bit one dimensional. Why does Yasmina love to cook? How does her dad not realize they have no money to eat, and that Yasmina gets all the food from two local gardeners? Questions like these left me lingering for more story building and character development. Thanks to NetGalley for a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Plot: This was a really unique plot! I don't want to say too much about it, because I don't want to spoil it, but it was very unique! Characters: The characters were well done! It was easy to tell the characters apart, and they had their own personalities. The Art: I really liked it! The Cover: It fits the book, and I love all the cooking elements on it! Overall: If you're looking for a unique Graphic Novel, with good art, I would definitely recommend trying this one! I received an e-ARC of this book Plot: This was a really unique plot! I don't want to say too much about it, because I don't want to spoil it, but it was very unique! Characters: The characters were well done! It was easy to tell the characters apart, and they had their own personalities. The Art: I really liked it! The Cover: It fits the book, and I love all the cooking elements on it! Overall: If you're looking for a unique Graphic Novel, with good art, I would definitely recommend trying this one! I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    This review is based on an ARC copy provided by NetGalley. The artwork in this graphic novel is gorgeous. The artwork eloquently depicts the story of a young girl who sets out to save her town from something odd happening to the townspeople. She turns into an unlikely hero who uses her knowledge of plants and herbs to deduce what is happening. I was blown away by the beauty of the artwork. I definitely recommend this book for young audiences who love a good light hearted mystery. I mean who does This review is based on an ARC copy provided by NetGalley. The artwork in this graphic novel is gorgeous. The artwork eloquently depicts the story of a young girl who sets out to save her town from something odd happening to the townspeople. She turns into an unlikely hero who uses her knowledge of plants and herbs to deduce what is happening. I was blown away by the beauty of the artwork. I definitely recommend this book for young audiences who love a good light hearted mystery. I mean who doesn't love French fries.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Raven Black

    There was a lot of potential for this book. However, I never completely found it. The illustrations were fun, quirky and told a lot of the story. But the text fell flat; the plot was cliche, and the characters felt not as fleshed out as well as they could have. Plus, the villain was a bit stereotypical. On top of that, there were two scenes that were a bit violent compared to the rest of the book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Libby

    The advertising blurb for this title describes it well: silly and action-packed. Yasmina is a fun, unique hero who leads her father and several neighbors in tracking down and bringing the villain to poetic justice. I do wish there were more young people involved in the chase; besides Yasmina, all of the other characters are adults. Still, the zany happenings will appeal to a middle grade audience. Review based on an ARC received through NetGalley.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I received an eARC courtesy of First Second Books via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. What an odd story. Normally, I do not mind the strangeness of certain stories, but the plot holes in this are sometimes too big to look past. But the illustrations? Fantastic. I do think kids will gravitate towards this based on the plot, but I do wish the cover was a bit more telling. It will be a bit of a hard sell.

  19. 4 out of 5

    bjneary

    I read this funny, whimsical graphic novel for my 2nd #BitAboutBooks Winter Reading Challenge read a 100-200 page book for 10 pts. Middle grade readers will love the drawings, the vegetable uproar as Yasmina discovers a potato product is making anyone who eats it crazy, and act like a dog. Once her Dad is affected Yasmina is on the hunt for the bad guys. Funny and serious, readers will enjoy Yasmina's inventiveness, her push to get at the truth, and her espionage efforts. Highly recommended! I read this funny, whimsical graphic novel for my 2nd #BitAboutBooks Winter Reading Challenge read a 100-200 page book for 10 pts. Middle grade readers will love the drawings, the vegetable uproar as Yasmina discovers a potato product is making anyone who eats it crazy, and act like a dog. Once her Dad is affected Yasmina is on the hunt for the bad guys. Funny and serious, readers will enjoy Yasmina's inventiveness, her push to get at the truth, and her espionage efforts. Highly recommended!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I enjoyed the story itself, but the way the graphics were laid out took a moment for me to get used to/understand. I think my students (4th grade) would have a hard time knowing where their eyes should go, in what order they should read the text or look at the images, etc.

  21. 5 out of 5

    C

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. If you like graphic novels with few words compared to pictures, this one is for you. The overall theme of the book is do we know how modified food is effecting people.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Yung

    A fun graphic novel romp with an unsubtle, but not unwelcome, fresh-food-and-cooking-equals-good x GMOs-and-capitalism-are-bad message.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  25. 4 out of 5

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  26. 5 out of 5

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  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

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