Omnivore’s Dilemma, the secrets behind what you eat, Young Reader’s Edition

Omnivores Dilemma

Omnivore’s Dilemma, Young Readers Edition, by Michael Pollan for Dial Books. This is the kid-size version of Michael Pollan’s best selling Omnivore’s Dilemma,  one of the most referred to books that  reveals our current eating habits, challenges our present day agriculture system, and engages the reader to think about what a more sustainable agricultural system could look like, and work.

Though most of the books reviewed on this blog are for young children, this one is for middle school children, or older. Written with a zippy and hip tone, the text, adapted from the original by Richie Chevat, reaches out to  young readers with periodic barrages of questions – giving the reader the impression that they are involved in a conversation, and not a lecture. The style works. As do the frequent and informal Post-Up notes and note pad memos used to deliver bite size bits of information and commentary.

This book  probably won’t light up the faces of kids like when you gave them a Harry Potter novel but – it’s a good read and could be excellent for families who are interested in exploring how to eat in a more sustainable manner.

You can get both books; Omnivore’s Dilemma, and the Young Reader’s version,


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