Monday, July 16, 2012


I WILL NEVER NOT EVER EAT A TOMATO by Lauren Child is the story of Lola  a small and very fussy eater and her brother Charlie who was assigned by their parents to feed Lola.  With colorful collages of photographs and childlike drawings and fun filled text placed in various and sundry areas of the big pages its a real page turner!  After Lola, sitting at the table waiting for her dinner gave her dissertation on what she won't eat,  Charlie proves to be quite the problem solver turning what might have been a major confrontation into a wonderful game.  He gave all the foods new and intriguing names.  Now who could resist "orange twiglets fom Jupiter", "green drops from Greenland, "cloud fluff from the pointiest peak of Mount Fuji" or the favorite food of mermaids, "ocean nibbles from the supermarket under the sea"?  Charlie created the space for Lola to assert herself and, then Lola renamed the tomato just so she could stick to her guns about never not ever eating a tomato.  All ends well.  All children would rather have fun, and can easily be distracted by making the potential confrontation into a game, instead. This book eloquently makes that point, and ensures many more peaceful hours in many households.
Bonnie R
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