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About the Author

Mitchell Sharmat, a graduate of Harvard University, has written numerous picture books, easy readers, and novels, and was a contributor to many textbook reading programs. He was best known for the classic Gregory, the Terrible Eater, which was a Reading Rainbow Feature Selection and a New York Times Critics’ Pick. In Mitchell’s honor, The Sharmat Collection displaying the books he wrote, was established at the Harvard Graduate School of Education by the Monroe C. Gutman Library. 

Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey have illustrated many books together -- he draws the outlines and designs the pages; she paints the illustrations. Aruego, a native of the Philippines, was a lawyer before becoming an illustrator, and now lives in New York City. Dewey was born in Chicago and also lives in New York City. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reissue edition (September 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590433504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590433501
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 7.1 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,300,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Anna M. Ligtenberg VINE VOICE on December 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
ISBN 0590075861 - Gregory, a young goat, likes junk food - all the stuff his parents don't want him to eat. They try everything, taking him to the doctor and even letting him stuff himself with junk food and getting a belly-ache from it. How can they get Gregory to stop eating carrots and eggs and salad and start eating proper, healthy food - like shirts and shoes and tires??

Kids will laugh at the backwards problem in the book and the illustrations, while not superb, ARE very funny. Added bonus, of course, is the message about eating balanced meals, always a hard sell to french fry fans.

- AnnaLovesBooks
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anna on August 4, 2009
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If this book were reviewed only by kids, it would always receive 5 stars. As a kid, I adored this book. Kids are amazed by the backwards aspect of this book. The main character is a goat that, to its parents' dismay, eats human foods instead of the usual garbage that goats eat. The fact that the goat's parents push him to eat garbage--exactly what we try to get our human children NOT to eat--seems to make kids laugh hysterically. Kids are very amused by how different what's normal for a goat is from what's normal for a human. Some parents erroneously think this book's purpose is just about teaching kids to eat healthy foods. It is so much more than that. It is about exploring different perspectives.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Travis on October 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
Gregory likes normal food; eggs, vegetables, fruit, and fish. Normal food, for a normal kid, right? Wrong! You see Gregory isn't exactly normal well not in his family's eyes. To them, normal food is tin cans, boxes, tires, and mostly garbage. Well that is normal food...for a goat. You see, Gregory is a goat and since he likes eggs, vegetables, and fruits his parents think he is sick. But Gregory just wants to eat what he likes. So since Gregory and his parents haven't had dinner together in a while (and mothers like to have dinner with they're kids) they decide to take him to Doctor Ram. Doctor Ram has treated picky eaters before but not like Gregory. Yet, he comes up with a solution. That is to feed Gregory what he wants but to sneak in a little bit of garbage every meal... It is a good moral to the story I think it might teach kids to try stuff before they decide whether or not the like it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. villard on September 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I think this is a great book, I loved it as a child and now my children love it too! Gregory is a goat who doesn't want to eat garbage like the other goats he wants to eat healthy human food! His parents talk him into trying "something new" and he discovers he DOES like it (the garbage)! It's good in explaining to kids to try something new and not dislike something just because of how it looks or sounds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luvs2Teach on April 17, 2011
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This is a great book to be used for nutrition units. The illustrations are fun and children are able to relate to the story line. The ending of the story (Gregory learns to balance nutritional food with the garbage his parents want him to eat) presents a wonderful segway into learning to balance healthy meals. I would recommend this book for any classroom or home library!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Bowerbank on January 21, 2010
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Okay the person who voted 1 star has no sense of humor. This book is so funny I was laughing when I first read it. Now when my kids don't want to eat healthy (daily) I offer them a coat or a can to chew on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
i loved this book as a kid and i still think it's funny at almost 30
the point of the "lesson" is not "don't eat healthy" it's "try new things and keep "junk" foods in moderation.." the idea of the opposite problem for gregory is what is going to be funny to kids, not to mention it's great for learning to read (no hard words) learning to identify items, or how about the ideas that parents DO care about their children even if it doesn't always seem that way and you disagree on something, different people have different habits and perspectives, and the lesson of compromise..
for the people who gave it 1 star: really? you think that this book will make your child/ grandchild refuse good food? you're probably the kind of people who demanded sesame street change Cookie Monster so their children wouldn't be taught to only eat cookies.. i KNEW growing up that this sort of behavior was only a STORY and i wasn't going to be allowed to live my life that way.. try giving it to your kid anyways and let them decide, they may love it simply for silly, imperfect pictures and a goofy goat
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben W. Washburn on January 5, 2015
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My daughter who is now 35 remembered having this book when she was growing-up, and figures that it actually helped her become a better eater, and a healthier person for the rest of her life. Eating disorders do begin early-on in life. So, we ordered a copy of it as a gift for her two nieces. And we ordered the hardback version, because we wanted the next generation to still have a copy around for their children
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