Alvie Eats Soup

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A picky eater and a gourmet granny are on a collision course in this hearty, funny picture book treat.

Ask Alvie what his favorite food is.
"I only eat soup," says Alvie.
For breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? A snack?
"I only eat soup," says Alvie.
Alvie's parents put up with his eccentricity for a while -- after ...

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Overview

A picky eater and a gourmet granny are on a collision course in this hearty, funny picture book treat.

Ask Alvie what his favorite food is.
"I only eat soup," says Alvie.
For breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? A snack?
"I only eat soup," says Alvie.
Alvie's parents put up with his eccentricity for a while -- after all, soup is both delicious and nutritious. But when Alvie's grandmother, a renowned chef, comes to visit, will they be able to keep their son's soupy sympathies a secret?
A sharp-eyed, affectionate, and very funny book about a boy and his soup.

Alvie will eat only soup, and his parents are worried that his Granny Fanny, a famous chef, will find out.

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Publishers Weekly
Alvie won't eat a soup on of anything but soup. As a baby, his first word is "Mulligatawny!" (a recipe is included). In the Polaroids that chart his formative years, he shuns solid food and snuggles his cheek against a can of chicken stock. Alvie's anxious mother and father, whose worst fears appear in giant thought bubbles, imagine their son paper-thin or hefted by his little sister, Delilah, an omnivore who grows chubbier by the page. "To make matters worse, Alvie's granny was a world-famous chef," and an unimpressed Alvie notices only "the ladle" in the shop window that displays her cookbook. Before a visit from Granny, Alvie's embarrassed parents hide all evidence of his single-minded passion. Although this story starts out like Russell Hoban's Bread and Jam for Frances, Collins (The No-Nothings and Their Baby) takes a detour at the conclusion and lets Alvie stay finicky-and readers discover he has a kindred spirit in Granny. In pencil, watercolor and acrylic compositions as meticulous as Alvie, Collins lavishes attention on the angular characters' dramatic gestures, pointy tufts of hair and fashionably rumpled clothes. His illustrations hearken back to early 20th-century comics, but the precious style does not make up for a lack of substance. The story rests on a one-joke premise, but with lots of fanfare nevertheless. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-From its soup-can cover art to its whimsical cartoon illustrations, this zany book is sure to delight picky eaters everywhere. Alvie eats nothing but soup. His parents fret and compare him to his sister Delilah, who is omnivorous, but they indulge his cravings until they receive news that Granny Franny is coming for a visit. Now the frantic family tries to change Alvie's eating habits so he won't embarrass them in front of his grandmother, a world-famous chef and cookbook author. When that doesn't work, they try to hide the problem by treating Granny to dinner out at a table so laden with food that she won't notice what Alvie is (or is not) eating. However, she surprises them all with her own finicky taste. A humorous romp through the oft-familiar landscape of childhood quirks.-Laurie Edwards, West Shore School District, Camp Hill, PA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In stylish, quip-laden scenes, Collins (Fairy Nuff, p. 801, etc.) presents a picky eater extraordinaire. Alvie's first word? Not "Daddy," not "Mama," but "Mulligatawny," and ever afterward he has refused to dine on anything else. Parental concern changes to panic when Granny Franny, world-renowned chef (" 'The irony,' said Alvie's Dad, 'The shame' said Alvie's mom") announces that she's paying a call. Frantic, the parents try depriving him (scene of Alvie in jail), overindulging him (scene of Alvie as round as an onion, calling for more), analyzing him (Alvie on the couch surrounded by assorted shrinks). But Alvie finds a soulmate when Granny disdains a table groaning with tasty comestibles, regally announcing that she only eats peas. All of the dialogue is set in boxes, as is the recipe for Mulligatawny Soup. Cheery, beneath a flyaway mop of strawy hair, and observed from any number of quirky angles, Alvie skips merrily across the pages, serenely indifferent to his frenzied parents' tricks and stratagems. As the back cover says: "Contains nutcases suitable for vegetarians"-and a surefire recipe for chuckles. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439272605
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.14 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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