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I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato (Charlie and Lola Series)

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  • Posted November 21, 2013

    We picked this book up from our local library. Really liked thi

    We picked this book up from our local library.

    Really liked this book as the young girl Lola doesn't like to eat certain foods. Kind of like K was for a while. We enjoyed how even though they were the same foods Charlie used her imagination to make them be something else and it seemed a lot more funner to eat them. 
    This is a perfect book to read to kids especially with those that are fussy eaters, as you can get an idea on how to get them to get their foods. 
    K's favorite part was the moonsquirters and I can see him using that term instead of tomatoes in the future. 

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

    My first graders loved this book!

    I used this as a read aloud to teach problem and solution. The class loved it. Young children easily make connections and the book's humor engages a high interest level. Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2010

    A Must for Children

    My daughter loves this book so much that the pages of her paperback are falling apart, but that just gives this fantastic book more character.

    She is 20-months old and reads along with us and just laughs at all that Charlie and Lola do and say.

    We're getting her more C&L books for Christmas this year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2005

    Hooray for Charlie & Lola

    I love all of Lauren Child's books. My four year-old daughter has me read one to her at bedtime each night. The characters are fascinating to her. Each of her books in the Charlie and Lola series addresses a different challenge that parents face while raising small children. My daughter even tried fish sticks and tomatoes after we read this! One of our favorite shows from the Charlie and Lola series on Disney Channel is one about Lola wanting a dog. I hope this one will be one of the upcoming books for Mrs. Child to publish. These books are great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2005


    I love this book, and in fact all of lauren Child's work. The art is great and the books are so funny.I read this book to my class of kindergartners before i had kids, and following it we made our own mini pizzas with veggies. The kids are all the veggies! :-) Now i have 2 kids myself, and my son loves this book as well. And, to my joy, i found out the other day that the Disney channel has a cartoon on Charlie and Lola. Yippee!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2001

    Play Along with the Joke!

    Many young children don't like tomatoes. Some retain that distaste into adulthood. This story shows that stated fussiness about food can simply be a way of getting attention. Parents: Pay attention to this story! The colorful collages of photographs and childlike drawings bring excitement and freshness to the story. 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. The new game seems like more fun than laying down the law about what she will and won't eat. The game puts her in charge by letting her name the foods, as well as her usual game of saying what she will not eat. Charlie makes room for Lola to assert herself, and all is well. With children, there is a tendency to treat them like subjects of a King or a Queen. Actually, they feel quite grown up at a young age and want to have some autonomy. Choice of foods can simply be a testing of limits. But 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. After you finish reading the story, you should think about where else you can kid your child out of her or his bad mood. Come to think of it, when will that approach work with adults as well? Look for the potential to improve every communication! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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    Posted November 17, 2009

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