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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 - 7 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #772,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My Head Start class agreed for a healthy body, Bennie needed to eat more veggies, more fruit, less burgers (bread & meat) and drink milk! I included this book in our study of "Healthy Eating." There was an extended discussion on the amount of lettuce on the hamburger and if it was enough to make a salad. The decision was it was only one veggie and salads contain more than one veggie. One student said, "Bennie should listen to his Mama!"

We cut food from the grocery sale paper and pasted the items on a plate. We made burgers from construction paper - toppings and all and glued the burger to the plate to show Bennie how other foods from the food pyramid would look with the burger. They also dictated a few comments for Bennie. This sort of evolved and was fun to see how the story connected with each child. I recommend this book! IVR
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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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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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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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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This is one my son's all time favorite books. He's 4 years old. He loves the excitement of the boy trying to escape the animals and kids, and I love that the mom saves the day! It's a good book to make funny voices. I make the boy say in a high pitch voice, "I'm not a burger, I'm a boy!" It has a great message. When encouraging my son to pick something different to eat, I tease him, "If you don't watch out, your going to turn into a chicken nugget one day" then chase him as if I'm going to eat him up. He loves the detail of the pictures. We count the dogs or pick our favorite dog. He likes to create a narration for the sets of pictures when the boy turns into a burger and a carrot. It's a great book.
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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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Cute story about a boy who only eats burgers...and I'm sure you can guess what happens?! Just like his mom tells him...he turns into a burger! I read the story to my son's 1st grade class. They loved it!
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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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