Bland, boring, tasteless “food”…all the time. Imagine chewing - and swallowing - cardboard, string and sawdust. Once is too often,
but Nutmeg, Cousin Nesbit and Uncle Nicodemus have always had it.
To readers it looks like they are eating toast, noodles, and a mound of rice, but there
is only our imagination to create that reality.
Boredom has set in for the three; Nutmeg is the one to stand-up and take action. Even alone she finds things to do to occupy herself. On her solo excursion, she opens a bottle and is subsequently given a magical spoon by a wish-granting genie. The spoon stirs up all kinds of things,
working hard to make Nutmeg’s wishes come true.
Nutmeg’s spicy red hair is a burst of color in the trio’s surroundings. It looks
as if they are living among collectors and inventors; lots of neat gadgets
heave off every page. The kitchen shelves, the sitting room, and the creek’s shoreline are a haven for the imaginative and the curious recycler.
Then the magic-generating genie and spoon bring a rainbow of color to the story - and possibility to their lives.
David Lucas's 2004 picture book Halibut Jackson garnered much praise, and in Nutmeg he has created another book worthy of awards.