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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press (June 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582461872
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582461878
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 10.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,545,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kindergarten-Grade 3—Ethelmae, who is forced to work at the bug-infested diner for stealing a single lemon drop, shares vignettes about events at the disgusting eatery. Once, the booths became so greasy, they slid outside of the restaurant into the street. The diners kept right on eating and were never heard from again. The waitresses pinch the customers, and the chocolate milk isn't really chocolate. The narrator leads her friend to a secret room where goodbyes are banned. "Wouldn't you like a lemon drop…. Have one. They're delicious." The story is confusing and further muddled by the sentence structure, e.g., "Inside the Slidy Diner, the noise is always." While the drawings make great use of detail and color, they seem only to add to the murkiness of the narrative. It would be difficult to find an audience for this book.—Beth Cuddy, Seward Elementary School, Auburn, NY
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In as fine a game of Grossout as ever was, a child squires an anxious-looking friend around a diner in which, she claims, the cuisine runs to Pumpkin Asparagus Pie and Greasily Niblets, the floor is so slick that booths sometimes slide out into the street and the proprietor is decidedly witchy: "Sometimes Ethelmae grins at you, and you can see her tooth." Zollars's canted, full-bleed café scenes follow suit, with views of diners chowing down on a pig's head, a trophy-sized cockroach fixed to a platter above the counter and basement restrooms surrounded by a flood crawling with "nefarious wigglepedes." Still, unlike Merrilee Kutner's Zombie Nite Café (2007), as depicted by Ethan Long, or Jane Breskin Zalben's Saturday Night at the Beastro(2004), it's not all bad, for "Inside the Slidy Diner, there are dark, blue secrets. / And silver whispers. / Inside the Slidy Diner there are magic trapdoors. / To birthdays and Saturdays." Best yet, all "goodbyes have been banned!" Here's a diner well worth repeated visits--but steer clear of the "chocolate" milk. (Picture book. 6-9) -- Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2008

The Slidy Diner is one big health code violation: the proprietress wears a fly-covered sweater and "smells like rotten grill grease," the toilet is a cesspool, "someone is usually running with scissors" and the sticky buns are scraped up off the floor. Even the people are ghoulish, with their flattened, oversize heads, blank eyes and doll-like bodies. Snyder, a debut picture book author and PW reviewer, and Zollars (Not in Room 204) serve up a wealth of Grand Guignol detail, beginning with the creepy premise: Edie, the narrator, claims she is held captive at the diner for stealing a lemon drop, and she gives a young patron the insider's tour of the joint. Most of the best jokes are visual: the poison label stuck onto a countertop; pet food tins stashed amid the staples; a slice of pie garnished as if with eyeballs. The gross-out crowd will eat this up. Ages 5-8. (Oct.)--Publishers Weekly --Publishers Weekly, October, 2008

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By www.firrkids.com on January 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Edie takes us on a tour of the most disgusting diner ever. If Ethelmae's sticky buns don't make you shudder, her sticky back will. Blech! Each detail provided is more loathsome than the last.

The interior of the Slidy Diner is loud, greasy and smelly. Strange critters creep about, moldy wallpaper hugs the walls and plates of unidentifiable foods layer the tables. Bugs creep in every nook, the coffee will give you terrible hives and strange animals roam about in the kitchen. Don't be fooled by the pretty waitresses - those are only masks. Edie knows it all - she was caught sneaking a lemon drop and now spends her days trapped inside the Slidy Diner.

The illustrations serve to make adults squirm in their chairs and children squirm with delight. There is an ick factor here that is intended expressly for those who appreciate it. From the oddball customers to the kooky animal heads mounted on the wall, there are gruesome details tucked in every corner that readers will delight in discovering.

But there is also a bit of magic at the Slidy Diner, as evidenced by the birds that rest on Edie's arm, the nightcap wearing mouse and secret trapdoors. Really, it isn't so bad here! Would you care for a lemon drop?

Laurel Snyder based the book on her own experiences at a diner, which is slightly disturbing. Exactly who does Ethelmae represent? Check out Laurel's blog, which is pretty entertaining.
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The debut children's book of author Laurel Snyder, Inside the Slidy Diner is an exuberant, rhyming picturebook about a young girl's adventures in the Slidy Diner, a restaurant filled with most unusual characters. The Slidy Diner has unusual rules and isn't always quite up to health code regulations, to say the least - but how much of the weirdness could be real, and how much is from a young girl's imagination? The carefree illustrations perfectly complement the story's wild and off-the-wall sense of fun. "My mother said that before my time at The Slidy Diner, there were gigantic ginger cookies here. But the cookies got smaller and smaller and smaller and smaller and... The same thing might happen to you."
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By lmf on September 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I can't believe how my opinion differs from all of the other reviews - actually this is one of the only books I have ever wanted to discard. I would not even read it to my 7, & 9 year olds. It is gross, dark, and scarey - it seems to be a depository for lost irreverant souls. Why subject children to that? While the illustator is obviously talented she would be better served with another author - neither the premise nor the prose was cleaver or had any redeeming value.
If you want to be grossed out - go to the dump and look for this book thrown out with last week's kitchen garbage.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KKrause on November 1, 2010
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I'm not sure how a writer can infuse a book with the riotous qualities of a gross-out competition and twist it into something strangely magical and beautiful, but Laurel Snyder does just this. She slings us Lady Fingers that "really are" and wraps them in a lemon drop to help them slide down.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicole A. Seitz on October 24, 2008
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I'm an author and illustrator, so I've seen a lot of books. But when I picked up this book, I was entranced from the cover all the way to the end. First, the prose is unique, lovely, quirky...a perfect match for the brilliant illustrations. My three- and five-year-old kids and I have been reading this one nightly. Each time we see different things in the illustrations we hadn't seen before...a mouse on a cat's back, an eye peeking through a hole in the wall...It's so much fun! It's the story of a young girl who gets stuck in the Slidy Diner after nabbing a lemon drop--and what an imaginative tale! If you love quirky, dark things that are just creepy enough to be fun but not so much that it turns scary, this is for you. I haven't seen my kids quite so enamored with a book in a while.

Nicole Seitz
author/illustrator of The Spirit of Sweetgrass, Trouble the Water, and A Hundred Years of Happiness
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