Cover image for ABC pasta : an entertaining alphabet / Juana Medina.
ABC pasta : an entertaining alphabet / Juana Medina.
Title Variants:
A B C pasta
Publication Information:
New York, New York : Viking, 2017.

Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : coloured illustrations ; 19 cm
General Note:
Includes a recipe for Cacio e Pepe.
Introduce the letters of the alphabet that depicts a circus of performers and animals created out of yummy noodles, tasty veggies, and whimsical utensils.
Audience/Reading Level:
Interest age level: 0-3.


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Material Type
Home Location
MED Book Easy Collection

On Order



A is for angel hair acrobat M is for Macaroni the Magician and T is for tortellini trapeze artist. It's an ABC circus that's good enough to eat!

Author Notes

Juana Medina ate a LOT of pasta while making this book! She grew up in Colombia and now lives and works in Washington, D.C. She is the illustrator of Smick! by Doreen Cronin, and is the author/illustrator of Juana and Luca s and 1 Big Salad- A Delicious Counting Book . Please visit her and her work at

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

In an alphabetical companion to 1 Big Salad, Medina combines photographs of pasta, cheeses, and herbs with scribbly digital drawing to create a spirited cast of circus performers. Medina introduces the performers using tongue-twisting alliterative phrases-"Pecorino and Parmigiano, plate spinners," for instance-and makes playful use of varying shapes of pasta: twisting gemelli forms the bodies of two gymnasts, and nests of thin pastas often (perhaps too often) serve as the performers' hair. Vocabulary-wise, it's a mouthful, from "campanelle clowns" to a "vermicelli vanishing act," and a cacio e pepe recipe awaits hungry readers. Up to age 3. Agent: Gillian MacKenzie, Gillian MacKenzie Agency. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.