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Lunchtime [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Rebecca Cobb
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Book Description

31 Jan 2013
It's lunchtime for one little girl, but she's just not hungry. A visiting crocodile, bear and wolf, however, are starving. It's just as well that children taste revolting! A beautifully illustrated tale of food, friendship and fun.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Illustrated edition edition (31 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230749534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230749535
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 21 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Funny and charming -- as delicious as the little girl's dinner. (Julia Donaldson)

immensely touching . . . capture[s] what it is to be a child (Teach Nursery)

Bright and joyous . . . a beautifully crafted book (Library Mouse) --This text refers to the Board book edition.

About the Author

Rebecca Cobb is a rising star in children's picture books. Since graduating from Falmouth College of Arts in 2004, she has illustrated for many clients including Guardian Guide, Guardian Weekend magazine, The Independent and Waitrose Food Illustrated. Rebecca has collaborated on two picture storybooks with the Orange-Prize winner Helen Dunmore, both set in her native Cornwall. In 2011 Macmillan published Rebecca's debut solo project, the hugely accomplished MISSING MUMMY (978-0-230-74951-1) which approached the subject of child bereavement with great honesty, senstivity and integrity. LUNCHTIME is Rebecca's second solo picture book, and although wholly different in subject matter from her first, features the same stunning illustration style, child-friendly voice and warmth.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful picture book! 23 April 2012
I've been looking for a proper picture book for ages and was delighted to find this on a trip to our local bookshop. So many children's books these days seem to miss what makes childhood so special - the hours of fun that can be had just by using your imagination! I've read it countless times already to two young girls who always ask to hear it again. they loved the way the animals appeared as if by magic, and begged me to tell them whether they were real or not; the illustrations are so quirky and adorable. I'd recommend this to anyone who's looking for a refreshing change to yet more unimaginative fairy books - this is a really super book and I enjoyed it nearly as much as the children did
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely age 4 - 5 book 18 April 2012
By Kindle Customer VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
here's a little girl who's just too busy to eat her lunch (I have one just like her) so she lets the bear, the crocodile and the wolf eat it and guess what - by tea time she's really hungry! Makes th point to the "Mummy I'm too busy now" brigade far better than I can. I thought it might be too young for my five year old but she saw the joke and loves it and reads it to her friends...
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5.0 out of 5 stars eat up 22 Mar 2012
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This is a simple book covering the topic of getting children to eat. The children loved the story especially the animals in it and it lead to many discussions of whether they came across animals under their table. It also helped explain how we would feel hungry if we did not eat. This is a good book with an easy method of explaining why we need food.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 22 Mar 2012
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I got this for my 3 year old (who is most definitely a very particular eater!). In the story, a young girl doesn't want to eat her lunch as she's too busy playing (an overwhelmingly familiar scenario!) so her imagined helpmates lend a hand. The story is beautifully drawn (a particularly good crocodile) and my son really enjoyed it. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious! 20 April 2012
By Lewis
As someone who never ate lunch when I was supposed to, and used to think up all kinds of excuses for leaving the table, I utterly loved this book - and my (much) younger cousins did too. It's a deceptively simple tale, done with a lovely sense of humour and a spot-on understanding of a child's view of the world. The book is very easy to read and even better for acting out with young children. We all had fun pretending to be the animals at the table - particularly when they're reacting with comic horror to the girl's idea of what they might like to eat!

Definitely a treat to snap up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly simple picture book 8 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a wonderfully simple story about the importance of eating one's lunch, although the "lesson" is so well concealed within the charming story, that it doesn't seem like a lesson at all. The pictures are equally charming, with a cast of four -- the little girl and three loveable animals. The Mum in the story is subtly depicted in just one picture as a pointing hand. The story is written in the first person, and I like to think that it is indeed autobiographical as the little girl is seen painting pictures which resemble the animals which Rebecca Cobb has created for the story. I think young children will enjoy it all as much as I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a fussy 3 year old! 1 Jun 2013
By Anna
My three year old daughter loves this book and I will often say a crocodile will eat her lunch if she doesnt hurry up! Beautifully written with lovely illustrations. Would highly recommend.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So simple but effective 18 Mar 2012
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Read five times yesterday with a toddler not too far from three year old. With only a handful of words on each page much emphasis is needed from the reader to keep the excitement going. My son was more fascinated with the wolf not finishing his apple! The pictures are lovely and the story is typical of any child engrossed in their activities.

As an adult I wasn't that keen on the white background as it just looked like too much white space but this does make the illustrations stand out. I also felt that one second the animals weren't there and the next they were under the table - it just jumped. But the little fella enjoyed it so never mind.

For a toddler to be read to, then it is a nice story but you'll need plenty more as it only takes minutes to get from cover to cover even if you're talking about the illustrations. However, for when he is a little older and starting words on his own then I think this will be a good one as there's not much writing on each page. Really nice and one I can see being used when we only have a few minutes to spare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous book
Beautiful, quirky illustrations and a lovely interpretation of the imagination of a little girl and her reluctance to eat her dinner.
Published 7 months ago by Miss Laura M Darling
5.0 out of 5 stars Great lunchtime book
Very well written my 5 yr old loves the story and pictures are very well done I can see why they won an award for this book recommended to all
Published 10 months ago by Mr. Antonio Puccio
3.0 out of 5 stars eat your lunch!
I ordered this book for my three-year-old granddaughter based on a review and the fact that the three animals (bear, crocodile and wolf) come close behind the Gruffalo in her list... Read more
Published 16 months ago by maggiefb
3.0 out of 5 stars How do you get a child to eat their lunch?
Shortlisted for the 2013 Greenaway medal, this is a very short story about a little girl who won't eat her dinner, so 3 animals that she had previously been drawing come to life... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Book chatter
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story for children...
Well, this is a story of a girl who is just to busy to eat. Well, she is like more or less other children who would rather do other activities like play than eat their lunch or... Read more
Published on 20 July 2012 by R. Patel
4.0 out of 5 stars Eat 'em up
A charming little book aimed - I guess - at 2-3 year olds. It tells the story of a little girl who refuses to eat her lunch, which is subsequently consumed by various animals who... Read more
Published on 23 May 2012 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange But My Son Seems To Like It
As an adult I found 'Lunchtime' a somewhat strange book. Reading it for the first time with my two-year old son I wasn't sure exactly what message or ideas it was trying to... Read more
Published on 19 April 2012 by C. Green
4.0 out of 5 stars A short read
My first impressions of the book was that the cover is very thin and is guaranteed to have a short life with my two heavy handed children. Read more
Published on 19 April 2012 by Null Unit
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