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I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato Pop-Up (Charlie and Lola) Hardcover – 26 Sep 2007
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Lola will not eat peas. In fact, she won't eat carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, eggs, sausages, cauliflower, cabbage or baked beans. And she will absolutely not eat a tomato.
When Charlie discovers that if peas are green drops from Greenland, and that carrots are orange twigets from Jupiter, even Lola is tempted to clear her plate.
I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato is an hilarious book that picks up a familiar childhood theme and takes it to the extreme. The imaginative presentation of the text, combined with the mish-mash collage of Lauren Child's illustrations brings an everyday dilemma to rip-roaring life and offers an ingenious solution to a problem that can turn into a daily battle between parent and child.
I Will Not Ever Never Eat A Tomato is the best fun a child will ever have at supper time. Age range: 3 to 5--Susan Harrison --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
In this story, Charlie is left in charge of Lola at dinner time. He tricks her into eating by pretending that carrots are actually 'orange twiglets from Jupiter', etc. In this way, he manages to get Lola to eat all her food, even her moonsquirters (tomatoes).
I really enjoyed this book and think that mums and dads could copy these tricks for their children!
Lola is a "small and very fussy" eater. Charlie is assigned by their parents to feed Lola.
Lola begins to expound her theories:
"carrots are for rabbits"
"peas are too small and too green"
Lola goes on to list peas, carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, spaghetti, eggs, sausages, cauliflower, cabbage, baked beans, bananas, and oranges as banned items. She also notes her reservations about apples, rice, cheese, and fish sticks. "And I absolutely will never not ever eat a tomato." Sounds like peanut butter and jelly are coming up to me.
Then Charlie attacks directly by putting out some carrots. Lola looks at them and says, "Then why are those carrots there, Charlie?"
"Those are orange twiglets from Jupiter," says Charlie.
"Mmm, not bad," Lola replied, "and took another bite."
Charlie puts out peas and describes them as "green drops from Greenland" and Lola finds them "quite tasty."
Mashed potatoes become "cloud fluff from the pointiest peak of Mount Fuji," and Lola decides "I love to eat clouds."
Fish sticks become "ocean nibbles from the supermarket under the sea -- mermaids eat them all the time." Lola wants to know if she can have more.
Suddenly Lola turns the tables, "Charlie, will you pass me one of those?" Lola continued, "Yes, of course, moonsquirters are my favorite." "You didn't think they were tomatoes, did you, Charlie?"
Obviously, Lola knows that they are playing a game, and she likes it.Read more ›
Vivid similes and evidence of a vast imagination is found in this amusing book. This is helpful for young children to cultivate their creative thinking.Generally speaking, the text is delightful. You can try to read aloud slowly the words for things that Lola hates to eat, in order to enhance the fun by the way you read them. Through the conversations between Charlie and Lola, we can see Charlie's trickery is successful.
Vibrant illustrations are a perfect match for this funny story. Different forms of typographical characters and the winding layout of sentences aptly reflect the character of Lola and Charlie. However, when I read this book the first time, I was really surprised at the illustrations, because some of them are drawings and some of them are photographs. Although sometimes the drawings and photographs are a little bit quirky, they are well suited to the text.
This book is suitable both for children and for adults who have to deal with fussy eaters for whom the book gives ideas to imitate, in a way that will make them laugh!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My five year old loved it. It encouraged him to try some foods again.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book. My son loves it and will at least try different vegetables now instead of turning his nose up at everything.Published 22 months ago by K. Segerius
Everytime Charlie saw this book advertised he asked me to get it for him.
He also doesn't like tomatoes.