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How to Eat Like a Child: And Other Lessons in Not Being a Grown-up Paperback – October 23, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (October 23, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060936754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060936754
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,549,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Delia Ephron is a critically acclaimed novelist and screenwriter. Her most recent book, Frannie in Pieces, received four starred reviews, was a Book Sense Pick, and was named to the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age list. She is also the author of Big City Eyes, Hanging Up, and How to Eat Like a Child. Her screenwriting credits include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, You've Got Mail, Bewitched, Hanging Up, and Michael. She lives in New York City with her husband and their dog, Honey Pansy Cornflower Bernice Mambo Kass.


More About the Author

Delia G. Ephron is a bestselling author, screenwriter, and playwright. Her movies include, You've Got Mail, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Hanging Up (based on her novel), and Michael. She has written novels for adults (Hanging Up and The Lion is In) and teenagers (Frannie in Pieces and The Girl with the Mermaid Hair), books of humor, (How to Eat Like a Child), and essays. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, O the Oprah Magazine, Vogue and MORE, and The Huffington Post. Recently she collaborated with her sister Nora Ephron on a play, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, which has run for over two years Off Broadway, and has been performed in cities across the US as well as in cities around the world including Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Manilla, and Sydney.

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The book is well written, funny, and so very, very true.
D. Blankenship
Birthday party guest: "If reminded, say thank you. Go home. Throw up."
Donald Mitchell
I got this book in the early 80s when I was about 10-12.
W. Martin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
Caution: Although this book might at first seem like it is made for children as one of the audiences, be aware that How to Eat Like a Child contains two instances of a vulgar four letter word beginning with "f."
How to Eat Like a Child would be a great gift to new parents . . . especially from their own parents!
This book has two appeals. First, to those who wish to remember their own youth. Second, for those who wish to remember what their children were like. In either case, you will find yourself feeling the situations in your body, in your mind, and in your emotions.
Ms. Ephron is a very good observer, and has a good memory for the way things work.
The title is actually just referring to one five-hundred word essay, that leads the book off. Ms. Ephron wrote this for The New York Times Magazine in 1977 and got a tremendous response, including an invitation to write more material. The result is this book which is filled with wit, wisdom, and love. I've captured a few brief excerpts to give you a flavor of how you will eat up the contents of this book:
Eating: "Cooked carrots: On way to mouth, drop in lap. Smuggle to garbage in napkin."
Watching television: "Your mother is calling you. Do not hear her . . . ."
Hanging up the telephone: "Are you still there?"
Playing: "After using your bed as a trampoline, transform your room into a giant spider web . . . ."
How to laugh: "Call a pizza parlor and send your teacher seven pizzas."
Caring for a pet dog: "Each day, procrastinate and complain until your mother finds it easier to feet it and walk it herself."
Birthday party guest: "If reminded, say thank you.
Go home.
Throw up.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W. Martin on January 29, 2008
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I got this book in the early 80s when I was about 10-12. My older sister and I read it, CRYING in hysterics. I think it was the first book EVER to make me do that. Snorting, sobbing laughter.

She and I quoted it for years afterward. ("Your mother is calling. ... Do not hear her. Do not hear her. Do not hear her.")

I have three kids now and think my middle one (7) is just ripe enough for this. I can't wait to share it with her. She's gonna LOVE it.

As far as this having the f-word in it (see other review), I grew up in a very conservative house (no cursing, EVER) and have absolutely NO recollection of there being "bad" words in this book.

I wouldn't hesitate for a MINUTE to share this hysterical book with children (ages 8 and up). It's not obscene or inappropriate. It's hysterically funny. If the f-word is in there, it's probably in there once or something and easily censored with a Sharpie by any concerned parent.

Delia Ephron is a goddess. This book is great and I'm ordering a new copy for a new generation.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Gallagher on March 11, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My mom had this book when I was a kid, and I thought it was funny then as it portrayed my brother and I when we were kids. Now I have three kids of my own, and they think it's pretty funny too. Anybody who has, or works with children would really enjoy the humor in this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
I think this book was first published in 1977, which, when you think about it, makes it thirty years old! What is even more amazing, again, if you think about it, had the book been published in 1877, it would still hold many truths and facts about kids which would be pertinent today! The author is an absolute mater of observation and has the ability to articulate her observations. As an example: There are two pages devoted to how to eat a cafeteria lunch. I can remember doing the exact same things when I was a school boy in the late 1940s and early 1950s. As a subsitute teacher, now in my retirement, I have the opportunity to observe the cafeteria in several different schools. The behavior is identifal to my school days, identical to that described in the book, and I have no doubt the same will hold true fifty years from now. From the caring of pets to the ritual of hanging up the phone after talking to a friend, it is all here. The book is well written, funny, and so very, very true. Childhood does indeed age well!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Auntie'sBoy on June 3, 2008
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I thought this book was hysterically funny back when I was a child, now in hindsight it's even better. Yes, there is a "bad" word here and there but it is completely in context. A perfect gift book for just about anyone (who has a sense of humor).
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