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Burger Boy Hardcover – October 16, 2006


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PreSchool-Grade 2–This rollicking British import takes the format of The Gingerbread Boy and turns it into a cautionary tale. Young Benny has never met a burger he didn't like; in fact, he will eat nothing else. After a steady diet of beef patties on a bun, he becomes one and finds himself being chased across the countryside by a pack of dogs, a herd of cows, and a group of hungry boys. He is finally saved from being a sideshow attraction at a burger franchise by his wise mother, who plies him with fruits and vegetables. The story is saved from a didactic and predictable ending by the warning that Benny should take care not to eat just vegetables, lest he finds himself transformed again. The simple lines and lively colors of the acrylic and colored-pencil illustrations add to the kid appeal. A fun addition to any library collection, Burger Boy perfectly suits a picky-eater-themed storytime that includes Russell Hoban's Bread and Jam for Frances (HarperCollins, 1964) or Mary Ann Hoberman's The Seven Silly Eaters (Harcourt, 1997).–Rita Hunt Smith, Hershey Public Library, PA
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Burgers are the only thing Benny will eat. His mom warns him, "If you don't watch out, you'll turn into a burger!" One day he does. Dogs hound him, cows threaten him, and hungry kids chase him--despite his insistence that he is really a boy. When the owner of Bigga Burger picks him up in his van, Benny thinks he is safe--until he is put on display as a "giant, talking burger." Then it's Mom to the rescue; she takes him home and feeds him veggies, which, it turns out, Benny loves. Cartoonlike collage illustrations are the perfect compliment for this cautionary tale; the spread of Benny morphing into a cheeseburger is especially comical. Enticed by the title and cover, kids will giggle over the familiar admonition. They'll certainly have no beef with the spoof; whether they'll be converted to vegetarians is another matter. Julie Cummins
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (October 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618714669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618714667
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 9.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #827,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Alan Durant is the author of books for a wide age-range, from picture books such as Burger Boy to top-end teenage thrillers (Blood, Flesh and Bones). Having worked as a copywriter at Walker Books, he is now a full-time author.

He's married, with three children and lives just outside London. He does a lot of school visits throughout the UK and abroad and also runs writing workshops.

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Highly recommended for all young children (and adults will love it too).
Lori Katz
The quick-moving story is enhanced by the humorous, cartoon-like quality of the water color illustrations, which fits well with the silliness of the narrative.
M. Tanenbaum
Why have healthy stuff like fruits and vegetables when you can eat burgers!
Mathew A. Shember

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Quick on January 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a K-2 Reading Specialist and Mom of 2. Kids just love this book! I think everyone can relate. I took little candy hamburgers to class when reading this book. It was fun to try them if you dare.....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Nusz VINE VOICE on December 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
What did your mother always tell you about only eating one kind of food? You'd turn into it, of course!

And that is exactly what happens to Benny in BURGER BOY. After eating too many burgers, he becomes one, and is harassed by dogs, cows, boys and a restaurant owner - until his mother rescues him and he changes his diet.

BURGER BOY, written by Alan Durant and illustrated by Mei Matsuoka, is a delightful tale, with a neatly hidden message: eat your veggies! Parents are sure to be as delighted by BURGER BOY as their child. Kids will love the funny tale and cute illustrations, while parents will secretly hope BURGER BOY may just convince their children to eat more vegetables.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Churchill on July 8, 2010
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My son loves this book but we both hate the Kindle version. He likes to touch the pictures in order to count the dogs etc and he can't do this because the screen changes. Because the text comes out so small, it is repeated in a larger font, which means that the text doesn't always match the picture on the screen, the words are repeated twice or even three times, making it so that you have to read ahead to figure out where you left off, and it's just plain hard to follow the story. An exercise in frustration; I'll be buying him a hard copy.

Oh, and I disagree with a previous reviewer who said this was a vegan propaganda book. The real message behind the book is that eating only veggies is just as bad as eating only burgers, or any other food. At the very end of the story, the protagonist turns into a carrot, and is chased by a mean, hungry pink bunny :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell Klooster on January 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Burger Boy is a hilarious story of a child who finds himself in a horrible situation, that his mother had been warning him about. Benny only eats cheeseburgers and eventually turns into one. The illustrations and story line are hilarious. Your child will laugh and you will laugh as well. To the person who said this book is "vegan propaganda". I think you are taking it a little bit too serious. Remember it is a childrens book, kids understand that books are not always real. When a child is read the childrens book, "Pinkalicious" where a girl eats only pink cupcakes until she turns pink, they don't really believe that next time they eat pink cupcakes the same thing is going to happen to them. It's all in fun, so relax.
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Format: Hardcover
In this hilarious cautionary tale, we encounter Benny, a small boy who hates vegetables and will only eat hamburgers. When his mother's warning comes true, and he turns into a hamburger, he is chased all over town by dogs, cows, and boys. When his mother finally catches up to him and brings him home, he vows never to eat another burger. The surprise ending will amuse young children, and the running Benny may remind some readers of the famous tale of the gingerbread boy, although with an altogether different ending. The quick-moving story is enhanced by the humorous, cartoon-like quality of the water color illustrations, which fits well with the silliness of the narrative. This cartoon-like aspect is also emphasized by the use of balloons for much of the dialogue. The two-page spread in which Benny slowly morphs from boy to cheeseburger is especially creative. Highly recommended for ages three and up; this story should appeal to children all the way through third or fourth grade, and makes an excellent read-aloud for preschool or elementary school children.
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Format: Hardcover
Benny is a boy that knows what he likes to eat. Why have healthy stuff like fruits and vegetables when you can eat burgers!

His mother warns him "If you don't watch out, you'll turn into a burger one day."

The prophesy happens while at his favorite restaurant Bigga Burger. A dog comes by sniffing and his mother screams "Run, Benny, run!"

The race is on! Chased by dogs, cows, and hungry boys; he learns his lesson!

Well until he starts eating proper but will only eat vegetables!

My girl likes this books so far. She especially likes the artwork and the bunny at the end of the book!

So far two for two from this author. Dear Santa Claus is still a favorite!

Dear Santa Claus (Hardcover)
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By Linda Boggs on February 8, 2014
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Burger Boy is a very good book. The illustrations are tops. The children that I read the book with were laughing and into the story.
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Format: Kindle Edition
My boys said the funniest part is that at the end he finally liked vegetables and then he turned into one!
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