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I Will Not Ever Never Eat A Tomato (Charlie and Lola) Paperback – 27 Apr 2001
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Brilliant (Sunday Telegraph)
So good, it's exhilarating (Independent)
A superb book to make you laugh out loud (Bookseller)
A fun look at the problem of fussy eating (motherandbaby.co.uk)
A mischievous wit and cunning simplicity which, although it may have baffled some traditionalists, is still instantly embraced and understood by children (Books For Keeps)
A paean to the early resistance years that are toddlerdom (The Guardian)
One of my favourite books for children...The story is compelling and the pictures enchanting, but the typography is not what you would expect. The letters vary in shape and size, some lines are straight and others meander across the page. Young children love this; those who cannot yet read pick out the letters; those who can, love the variation and delight at being able to cope with it. (Sue Walker Books For Keeps)
Brilliant design and a delight to share (NLA Guide to Literary Resources)
A wonderful corrective for picky eaters (The Sunday Times)
Your offspring will be drawn in by the off-the-wall visuals that mix line drawings and patterns with photographs, creating a world that is absolutely grounded in reality yet also wildly imaginative (The Guardian)
A fresh and very funny picture book (Bookseller)
A brilliantly designed book from cover, typography and illustration to endpapers and will amuse all those fussy eaters out there (Literacy & Learning)
Brilliant design and a delight to share (Guide to Literary Resources)
Teatime will never be the same again after this glorious book by the Smarties Prize-winning author (Daily Mail)
Only Lauren Child could come up with an idea as successfully wacky as this (Nicholas Tucker The Independent)
[Child] brings an eclecticism and freshness to her work that appeals directly to children (Financial Times)
A fun look at fussy eating (Mother and baby.co.uk)
Quirky imagination and wry humour make this a wonderful book (Time Out)
A book designed for tackling fussy eaters in a fun way. The story's central characters are Charlie and Lola. There are many foods which Lola doesn't like, so one day Charlie decides to play a trick on her, and you can guess from the title what happens.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
A deserving winner of the prestigious Kate Greenaway medal for 'distinguished illustration in a book for children' this book would nevertheless not work nearly as well without the author's uncanny ability to get inside a child's mind and wrap the result in such disarmingly charming prose.
The story is narrated in the first person by Charlie establishing a very firm child's perspective from the outset. Additionally the absence of adults from the storyline other than by reference (a la the famous 'Peanuts' strips by Charles Schultz) serves to seal the story almost hermetically into a children's world allowing them to explore, seemingly without inhibition, this often angst-ridden theme.
I must have read this story to Alice (now 3 1/2) over a hundred times over the last three years, and despite her having watched it countless times on DVD as well there seems to be no end in sight for its run of popularity.
If you want Charlie and Lola in book form this is absolutely the place to start. If you like this I would also recommend "I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go To Bed" and "I Am Too Absolutely Small For School". The books that follow are reverse-engineered from the scripts of the TV episodes (and not even written by Lauren Child!) and in my opinion do not work well in book form, becoming tediously repetitive "Lola says ... so I say ..., so Lola says ..." etc. ad nauseam.
Any parent will tell you this is not uncommon - children lock into books and love repetition - the big '5 star' difference here is that I enjoyed reading it every night too! As my son developed his speech and understanding, they way we read the story developed too. He now 'reads' (like Lola - from memory) along with me - regularly shouting out his favourite parts about not eating tomatoes!
Similarly, the benefits have not been just his involvement with books. The story revolves around Charlie having to feed his little sister, a very fussy eater, her dinner. Lola doesn't like anything - particularly peas, fishfingers, potatoes, carrots and of course tomatoes - so Charlie must find ingenious ways to convince his sister to try the different foods. For instance, peas become 'green drops from Greenland' and are 'incredibly rare' peaking Lola's interest in the food.
This has worked an absolute treat with feeding time for my son too - he wants to try all the food Lola eats!
This book actually and easily promotes a healthy diet and a healthy mind, with beautiful, creative and very colourful artwork!
Can't recommend it enough!
Great story line about a fussy eater and how she is encoraged to eat by her brother charlie who pretends mash potatoes are cloud fluff and carrots are orange twiglets etc.also has lovely pictures.Can't wait for the next book to be released about lola and Charlie.
However, Charlie and Lola appeared after the birth of our last child, and so we were able to add these books to our bookshelf. Lauren Child's illustrations are utterly charming, and the text captures the "special" spoken form of a cheeky pre-schooler ("I will never not ever eat a tomato!").
This book is about Lola's fussy eating habits, which her brother Charlie manages to overcome with the sort of subterfuge that will be familiar to many a parent (we managed to persuade a child to eat tuna and pasta by telling her it was tuna and conchiglie, which was at least true!).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought his book 2 yeas ago and my 5year old still loves this one. The arrangement of the words on the page are now making reading interesting.Published 6 months ago by Roy
My son loves this little book and loves the entire Charlie and Lola series.
I'm not sure why he does (he's 5 years old), but I like it as it is a gentle and non-violent... Read more
I am clearly not the person to be reviewing children's books cause I found this terrible.
So....... Read more
Used but in 1st hand condition plus this has now become my son's favourite book!!Published 12 months ago by A Verma