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Lauren Child MBE is a multi award-winning author and current Children's Laureate, whose books are known and loved the world over. She is the creator of many much-loved characters, including Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort. Since her first book was published in 1999, Lauren has sold over six million books in 19 languages worldwide. Her many awards include the prestigious Kate Greenaway Prize for I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, the Nestle Gold Book Award for That Pesky Rat and the Nestle Bronze Book Award for Beware of the Storybook Wolves. Lauren loves designing and making things and finds it exciting to see her drawings turned into objects. Other favourite things include the cinema, TV matinees, small Italian cars, handbags, cardigans, travelling and being picked up from the airport.
PW said of this story in which a clever boy cajoles his fussy sister into eating foods she says she hates, "Youngsters will never not ever pass up a second helping of this appetizing fare." Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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 *
PreS-Gr 2-Child has created two likable, winsome siblings with spunk and imagination. Charlie, who has been asked to give his little sister dinner, narrates this delightful tale. Feeding Lola proves to be a difficult task because she, like many kids, is a fussy eater. She promptly lists the foods she absolutely will not eat, and Charlie cunningly uses a little reverse psychology. He introduces her to items that most certainly look like those on her "will not eat" list, but have unusual names such as, "orange twiglets from Jupiter" (carrots), "green drops from Greenland" (peas), and "ocean nibbles from the supermarket under the sea" (fish sticks). Despite Lola's initial disinclination, Charlie's creative scheme works. While this story is a bit predictable, the book is funny and clever enough for readers to overlook this minor flaw. Child's mixed-media artwork (primitive cartoon characters, photographs, fabric swatches, and wallpaper remnants) enhances the innocent tone of the book. 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.-Holly T. Sneeringer, St. Mark School, Baltimore, MD Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.