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I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato

by Lauren Child

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Series: Charlie and Lola

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Lola, Charlie's little sister, does not have an appetite for many foods - that is until Charlie explains that these foods are not what they seem. The orange sticks that Lola believes to be carrots are really twiglets from Jupiter, and the little green balls are not peas but greendrops from Greenland. As Charlie transforms all of the foods that Lola dislikes into fun and delicious new treats, will he ever be able to convince her to eat a tomato?

If you are a fan of Charlie and Lola, you will love this book! Their big brother/little sister dynamic is back as Charlie helps Lola to see that the foods she claims not to like may actually be delightful. Lauren Child's remarkable collage technique of fusing hand-drawn characters and real-life props creates a wondrous amalgam that brings the characters to life. ( )
  lbblackwell | Jun 20, 2014 |
This book details how children are often picky eaters. Lola does not want to eat anything because she is very picky, so her brother Charlie pretends that all the foods are mysterious foods from other countries and planets. Lola then begins to take an interest and starts to eat. In the end, Lola jumps on on the make-believable and even eats a tomato.

I really like this book depicts a sibling relationship and that no parents are in it. I think it shows how often older siblings take care of their younger siblings. This was a great illustration of the fact that younger children are often picky eaters and do not like to eat fruits and vegetables. ( )
  breksarah | Feb 26, 2014 |
A little girl helps her younger sister get over her fear of trying new foods by tricking her.

Age:3-6
Source: La Petite Library
  Kelli_K | Feb 21, 2014 |
I found this book to be so charming in its depiction of Lola as the picky eater. What I really took to was her clever older brother who tricks her into eating all the foods she hates by telling her fantastical stories about each food. It was relate-able, well designed and the illustrations were very neat. The collage art is a project that I could have my students create, to tell their own stories.
  pyattlori | Oct 26, 2013 |
I had mixed feelings about this book. I did enjoy the illustration. The food presented throughout the story such as carrots, potatoes, peas, mushrooms and many more, were all illustrated along with the written word within each sentence. Seeing the picture and the word as one reads, helped clarify and make easier what each food looks like, what they were talking about as well as engaging the reader through this creative use of pictures. At times I did feel as if the illustration was unorganized. At times, certain words were bolder than others, bigger or small than other words on the page and words written in certain designs where others around it were not. Although this can be fun, the detail seemed to take the meaning away from the story and complicate it. The language used was clear, descriptive, and stern. It was clear that Lola was not going to eat a Tomato and was sure of it because she constantly denied it. Since her hatred toward eating a tomato was clearly expressed by the descriptive language, you could imagine the tone of her voice when offered a tomato. ( )
  mallen16 | Sep 17, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0763621803, Paperback)

Lola is a very fussy eater. Carrots are for rabbits and peas are "too small and too green." One day, after rattling off her long list of despised foods, she ends with the vehement pronouncement, "And I absolutely will never not ever eat a tomato." Not convinced, Lola's older sister Charlie has an idea. She tells Lola that the orange things on the table are not carrots, but "orange twiglets from Jupiter" and peas are in fact "green drops from Greenland." Mashed potatoes, when pitched as "cloud fluff from the pointiest peak of Mount Fuji" suddenly seem appealing to Lola. And in the end, might she even eat a tomato?

Lauren Child's wacky, expressive sketches of Lola and Charlie (much like those in Clarice Bean, That's Me) are cut out and superimposed on all sorts of textures and patterns from wallpaper to wood. Fuzzy, enlarged photographs of bowls of peas, or fish sticks, or big carrots are pasted right on top to great effect. 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." (Ages 3 to 8) --Karin Snelson

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A fussy eater decides to sample the carrots after her brother convinces her that they are really orange twiglets from Jupiter.

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