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Gr 2–4—A former mayor of New York City infuses some autobiographical inspiration into this story of young Eddie, who, after being taunted about his weight one too many times, decides to eat healthier and exercise more. There are good intentions here, but the stilted dialogue ("Look Eddie. You're our good friend. We like you and we don't want to say anything that will be hurtful. But you are a little heavy and out of shape. Maybe it's because of the way you eat") and flat illustrations are slightly behind the times of a contemporary kid's experience. Even the climax, when Eddie gets a boost of self-esteem after saving a baby carriage from rolling down a hill, seems quaint. More instructional than uplifting, the book would be a serviceable addition during a nutrition lesson.—Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library
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  • ISBN-13: 9781604783780
  • Publisher: Zagat Survey
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 2 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This new book by Ed Koch and Pat Koch Thaler really passed a tough test. Our grandchildren, ages 13,9,7,5 and 3,three boys and two girls,were all captivated and entertained by this honest and entertaining new book on a topic they all hear a great deal about from their parents,grandparents,teaches and other adults. Without sermonizing or being very inflexible,the authors show thst Eddie learns from his own peers (another lesson here is how to be a good friend) how to stay healthy and more fit,making diet and excerise changes little by little. Eddie finds out that one slice of pizza instead of two, and a cookie as a sometimes treat is ok too.Best of all, excerise seems to give him more energy. Before long he doesn't dread recess time in school, he can play ball and run faster, and the other kids stop calling him "slowpoke". Kids of all ages will love this "easy to digest" message,the wonderful illustrations and the frank approach of this uniquely told tale.

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