I want to be Spaghetti

I want to be Spaghetti
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Release Date
July 11, 2023
‎ 978-0593529874
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A funny debut picture book about how one little ramen packet finds self-love and belonging in a spaghetti-obsessed world.

Even from Ramen's small shelf in the supermarket, they see spaghetti propaganda everywhere. They want to be celebrated, too. Maybe, Ramen misguidedly thinks, I have to change to be loved like that. "I want to be spaghetti!" they proclaim to the dismay of the rest of the instant noodle section.

But when Ramen's brought home and placed in a warm bowl of broth alongside new friends like Chashu, Narutomaki, and Nori, they realize they've always been perfect exactly the way they are. Colorfully illustrated by Claudia Lam (@theforestmori), this heartwarming story about identity and community from food writer Kiera Wright-Ruiz (@kierawrr) celebrates the beauty of being yourself --and being recognized for who you are.

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Ridiculously adorable!
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I loved this book!

The illustrations are absolutely adorable. Everything has a cute little face with shiny eyes, and it is great. They are playful and fun, vibrant and colorful.

The emotional and self-esteem value of this book is high. Once you get past the illustrations and food items, I Want to be Spaghetti is a story of being yourself and finding happiness in that.
This story promotes diversity while also engaging kids about different food options.
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