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Child (Clarice Bean, That's Me) here serves up a delectable variation on the picky-eater-themed tale. Charlie's parents give him the formidable task of feeding dinner to his fussy younger sister, Lola." The girl lists such forbidden fruits as carrots, peas, potatoes, fish sticks andAthe most dreadedAtomatoes, all of which her brother is dishing up for the meal. "These are not carrots. These are orange twiglets from Jupiter," maintains Charlie when Lola turns up her nose. He devises similarly tempting pseudonyms for other edibles: peas are rare "green drops" from Greenland that fall from the sky; mashed potatoes are cloud fluff from "the pointiest peak of Mount Fuji." A playful arrangement of type in a variety of fonts and sizes combined with mixed-media art that overlays photos on fanciful, childlike drawings provide a feast for young readers' eyes and mimic the boy's upbeat attitude. Finally, Lola herself follows her brother's example and asks him to pass the "moonsquirters my favourite," otherwise known as guess what. Apt not to be satiated with one serving of this appetising fare, youngsters will neverAnot everApass up a second helping. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
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Lauren Child attended art school and did "lots of things" before writing children's books, including designing ceramics for children, working as an artist's assistant, and designing lampshades.

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"Youngsters will never--not ever--pass up a second helping." Apt not to be satiated with one serving of this appetizing fare, youngsters will never--not ever--pass up a second helping.--Publishers Weekly The illustrations . . . are wildly patterned mixed-media collages, including vegetable photographs, and very funny indeed.--New York Times Book Review, The . . . [E]ven younger readers who find Lola's stance perfectly reasonable will join her in this engagingly playful head game.--Kirkus Reviews This funny, endearing look at how children's tastes can be based more on preconception than taste buds is sure to infuse levity into the daily dinner-table struggle. The author's dedication? 'With love from Lauren/who is keen on Marmite/but would rather not eat a raisin.'--Amazon.com The illustrations are done in a funky, mixed-media style with photographs, bits of wallpaper and fabric and sketchy drawings...regrettably, though my kids loved the book, they did not fall for Charlie's methods when I tried them.--Miami Herald The illustrations resemble a child's cut-and-paste collage and the text often dances across the pages in a variety of fonts. Even finicky youngsters will enjoy this tasty treat.--School Library Journal

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