Inspiration struck when Momofuku Ando spotted the long lines for a simple bowl of ramen following World War II.
Every day, Momofuku Ando would retire to his lab--a little shed in his backyard. For years, he'd dreamed about making a new kind of ramen noodle soup that was quick, convenient, and tasty for the hungry people he'd seen in line for a bowl on the black market following World War II. Peace follows from a full stomach, he believed.
Day after day, Ando experimented. Night after night, he failed. But Ando kept experimenting.
With persistence, creativity, and a little inspiration, Ando succeeded. This is the true story behind one of the world's most popular foods.
A Junior Library Guild Selection, 2019 Freeman Book Award Honorable Mention, Smithsonian Ten Best Children's Books of 2019, Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature Best Books of 2019
"The author's tribute to one of history's most important inventors is complemented by digital illustrations, which separate well-paced text and add strong visual appeal to this exceptional biography picture book. VERDICT: An inspiring story of persistence and an ideal purchase for any collection." ~ School Library Journal, starred review
"...A paean to the necessity of failure, the beauty of persistence, and the pleasure that comes after messing up 99 times only to get it right on the 100th... Magic Ramen is the kind of book that can bridge that gap between kids that like fact and kids that like fiction... This is the book that can convince a child that real life is just as full of kooky stories as anything you could make up. So here's to the little bio unafraid to try something new. And, unlike Momofuku Ando, it gets it right on the very first try." ~ Elizabeth Bird, A Fuse #8 Production
"This offering goes down easily, whether used to promote diversity, encourage experimentation and perseverance, or spice up storytime." ~ Booklist
"Persistence is at the heart of this success story as Ando presses on despite numerous setbacks. And, starry-eyed as it may sound, the goal of peace through food seems important -- and possible -- by the story's end." ~ Publishers Weekly
"With an aesthetic that’s straight out of a Hayao Miyazaki animated film, Urbanowicz’s illustrations pair deliciously with Wang’s concise, conversational text. Clever use of lighting, white space, and comic-book compositions moderate pacing in all the right places. The illustrator earns brownie points for accurate cultural details: geta (wooden sandals), cascading cherry blossoms, kanji characters, etc. Eaters of all ages will enjoy learning about the history of this popular food gone global." -- Kirkus