I don't know what it is about illustrations of food - but I always have to stop and take a pretend bite of everything. Tonight as we were reading about that little blue engine for the millionth time, my little one had to stop and give me a taste of the "red cheeked apples,", oranges, spinach, and peppermint. Hey, I say, if they are pretend eating healthy food -- great! But mostly I just love the interaction with the book - its literally giving back with each pretend bite!
Sketch by Hablot Knight