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Good Enough To Eat Hardcover – September 18, 2007

4.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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"Cole is a master at conveying the emotions of the characters, both animal and human. This engaging story and its resourceful heroine will appeal to many children."—Starred, School Library Journal
 
"A beguiling mix of rhythmic prose and snatches of verse . . . Fine fare for reading alone or aloud."—Starred, Kirkus Reviews
 
"Satisfying fare indeed."--The Horn Book
 
"A spunky and self-contained folkloric heroine whose victory has nothing to do with getting the prince, our protagonist will be welcomed by many young listeners."—Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
 
"In both text and art, Cole...delivers an original fairy tale with lingering emotional resonance."Starred, Publisher's Weekly

About the Author

BROCK COLE is the author and/or illustrator of many books. His picture books include Buttons, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book, and Larky Mavis, and his critically acclaimed novels include The Goats and Celine. Most recently, he illustrated George Washington's Teeth, written by Deborah Chandra and Madeleine Comora, which was selected as an ALA Notable Book. He lives in Buffalo, New York.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); First Edition edition (September 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374327378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374327378
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,508,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I rarely find a book that my child wants to read over and over again, but after borrowing this from a library, I just had to buy it. I read this story to children ages 5, 4, and 2 and they all just loved it. They loved screaming out the "NOT GOOD ENOUGH!!" line each time we read it.
My girls are the princess story type, but they loved this book.
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Brock Cole's GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT tells of a threatening foul ogre who demands one of the town's fair maidens - and it's easy for the town to decide on who to sacrifice: a poor girl who lives on the streets. They dress her finely and leave her for the Ogre - but it turns out he's quite fussy - and the girl uncommonly brave - in this fine, involving story.
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Greatest. This is probably the all time favorite book for my 4 and 6 year-old kids, and at this point it's probably my favorite children's book as well. Wonderful watercolors and most importantly, an excellent story that's tremendous fun to read aloud. I don't know what Brock Cole's secret is, but he's crafted a children's fable that sounds timeless, as though we'd all known it forever even though it's new. And it really is tremendous fun to read aloud. Highest possible recommendation.
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Brock Cole is one of the best children's book authors out there. When I discovered this title I was excited because I'd never seen it before. Alas, it is not on par with Alpha and the Dirty Baby, The Giant's Toe or The King at the Door. It is an interesting and clever story but the overly jumbled language is its downfall. The illustrations are typical of Cole's work.
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The author of "Buttons" (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2000) employs familiar folkloric elements to create an amusing tale about a resourceful girl who slays an Ogre and gains a fortune. When an Ogre comes to a town and demands a bride, a poor wretched girl variously called, "Scraps- and- Smells", "Skin-and-Bones", or "Sweets-and-Treats" who was considered "a pest and a bother" by the townspeople is dressed in fine clothing, placed in a bag, and set outside the town gate. The Ogre finds the bag and says, "Ha! What's this?" and the girl replies with her first name. The Ogre cries, "Not good enough!" and grabs some animals to eat. When the townspeople ask the girl, Oh, what more could he possibly want?" the clever girl tells them that the Ogre also wants a dowry. This time when the Ogre comes back for his bride, the girl responds to his question, "What is this?" with her second name, and the Ogre repeats, "Not Good Enough!" The colorful illustrations sparkle with humor: The fat ogre is dressed in a ballooning blouse, striped tights and an armored vest, and always has mice crawling on him; As the Ogre is swallowing the girl in the sack, the previously devoured goat and sheep peek out of his mouth; The girl is dressed in a green dress and wearing a "gold paper" crown, and as she is being stuffed into a sack, one large foot seems to resist; The mayor looking very self-satisfied holds his hands up to calm a group of clearly agitated townspeople. This is a delightful story to share with children, ages 5 and up.
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