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The Seven Silly Eaters Paperback – August 1, 2000
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Grade 2-3?In this highly comic rhyming romp that surprisingly (and nicely) twists into a birthday story, Hoberman and Frazee tweak fussy eaters with style and panache. The author's lighthearted touch takes readers swiftly through the arrival of the Peters's seven children?each with a distinct bias for the food that he or she will or will not eat. Peter likes milk of a certain temperature, Lucy demands homemade pink lemonade, Jack limits his menu to applesauce, Mac insists his oatmeal be strained, Mary Lou consumes only "soft and squishy homemade bread," and the twins are strictly egg eaters. While Mrs. Peters lovingly accommodates her brood, Frazee's illustrations energetically depict the true story. Chaos reigns throughout the house as Mrs. Peters squeezes, strains, peels, kneads, and bakes, becoming wearier with every passing year. The minutia of a seven-child home spills around the pictures in a realistic but never obtrusive way, and the artist further bolsters the scenes with individualized and effective facial expressions and body postures. When Mother's birthday approaches, the children, taxing in their dietary demands but nonetheless loving, decide to treat her to "A breakfast made of all the foods/that kept them in such happy moods." The result, both hilarious and satisfying, could add humor to classroom units on nutrition and to discussions on sibling relationships; the book will also be a good companion to Lee Bennett Hopkins's Munching (Little, Brown, 1985).?Barbara Elleman, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Ages 4^-8. The combination of food and farce makes for an affectionate rhyming picture book about a family of picky eaters who drive their mother frantic. As each baby is born, it makes its rigid nutritional tastes known through bellowing demands. For example, Peter wants milk, but it must be warm, not hot, not cold. Mary Lou has to be fed "soft and squishy homemade bread. Jack--all he'll eat is applesauce. One twin wants poached eggs, the other fried. The line-and-color illustrations extend the silly fun as the comfortable house gets more and more cluttered and chaotic. Father is somewhere in the background, but the focus is on Mrs. Peters, nearly always pregnant, trying to play her cello, and increasingly overwhelmed by the appetites of her family. Then the kids surprise her, and themselves, in a gloriously messy climax that allows everyone to eat and Mom to have a life. Hazel Rochman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Frazee, the illustrator is a genius, so much to look at, that house, that mom, all those kids, just amazing. The detail, the faces, the love. And the SEVEN kids! And that all-in-one-bunkroom, and the ridiculous ending! As much fun to look at as to read. I'm not sure who loves it more me or my kids. We love the simple, ridiculous story and the easy to read rhymes. Thank you Mary Ann Hoberman, my fav. of the many we love that you have written. The whole book is perfection. Have a well worn copy and give it as a present regularly and hear absolute raves from everyone. They should pair up again and do another. It's time!
(Hysterical some of the one star comments. This is a CHILDREN'S books people! We are not teaching a morals lesson about entitlement, we are enjoying a SILLY book, that delights on every single page. Shall we not like the "Cat In The Hat" because the mom left two kids alone all day and they opened the door to a cat in a hat? Hellloooo. Have some fun! Childhood is fleeting...
I think it also makes me laugh because I can just see my mom being just like the mom in the book, although my mom only had 6 kids.
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