Fast Food! Gulp! Gulp!

Fast Food! Gulp! Gulp!

by Bernard Waber
     
 

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Touring through Fast Food Town, you’ll meet Colonel Mane, Jiffy Jack, and all of the kitchen crew responsible for getting food out and eaten fast. A smorgasbord of tempting and timely treats swirls across the pages as the folks of Fast Food Town munch, crunch, chew, and chomp their way through breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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Touring through Fast Food Town, you’ll meet Colonel Mane, Jiffy Jack, and all of the kitchen crew responsible for getting food out and eaten fast. A smorgasbord of tempting and timely treats swirls across the pages as the folks of Fast Food Town munch, crunch, chew, and chomp their way through breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Who will be king of the food court, dishing out the fastest food ever? The author and illustrator Bernard Waber hilariously poses the question, What’s the rush?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
PW called this homage to some favorite foods "a satisfying morsel that kids will eagerly devour." Ages 4-8. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A visit to Fast Food Town will be a familiar one to many kids. Colonel Mane gets everyone to move fast and keep it moving. We see piles of pancakes, mountains of fries, all consumed oink, oink, grunt, grunt. Behind the scenes we meet the kitchen crew, the guy who takes the orders over the phone and Jiffy Jack, the big shot boss. At the mention of eating meals that don't require chewing, the cook realizes that something is wrong here. So the cook quits and walks out. She wants to prepare food for people who are not in a hurry, and who want to enjoy their food and the scenery. Of course, the kids will enjoy the beginning of the book much more than the politically correct ending. The characters are whimsical animals. 2001, Houghton Mifflin, $16.00. Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer:Kristin Harris
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Waber serves up a tasty treat of deliciously rhymed text and appetizingly animated illustrations. These fast-food patrons want their food fast, and the pace of the story quickens into a maddening dash of orders and consumption until Colonel Mane's cook quits, leaving to work in a health-food caf where the fare is savored slowly. All manner of animals in dresses, suits, and hats romp across the pages, munching everything from pizza to fries to burgers to buffalo wings. Pigs and hippos crop up a lot, as well as monkeys. They gobble noisily ("Chew! Chew!/Chomp! Chomp!/Oink! Oink!/Grunt! Grunt!"), faster and faster, until Jiffy Jack the rabbit serves meals that can be eaten in 30 seconds and Lone Cat Mewing "rustles up meals/ you can eat/without chewing." Who can blame the cook for abandoning funnel cakes for parsnip fritters? Waber's culinary masterpiece is a perfect read-aloud, and a cunning consideration of our frenzied lives.-Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Kids are prime targets of fast food chain marketing, with a corresponding decline in juvenile nutrition that concerns parents and health professionals. Waber (The Mouse That Snored, 2000, etc.) takes a humorous, gently chiding look at our national tendency to grab and gorge with a rollicking, rhyming text incorporating lists of sound-effect words in staccato couplets. ("Slurp, slurp! Burp, burp!") His whimsical watercolors show a variety of anthropomorphic mammals chowing down on both familiar fast food fare and all sorts of additional restaurant dishes that kids like. The confusing story line cuts between a food court and three fast food restaurants, all owned by take-charge male animals who demand ever-faster eating. A closer view of one restaurant shows an all-male counter crew and an all-female kitchen crew, with a female cook (a pig) who abruptly quits because she can't take the pace. She moves on to a better job at the Veggie Hut, whose patrons enjoy "taking time to enjoy the scenery." Some snide rhyming couplets from the fast food customers describe her descent "into a snit." ("Began to pout." "Then walked out.") We all need fewer french fries and more broccoli, but we don't need to see an old-boy network of exclusively male business owners, an outmoded view of an emotional female in the kitchen, or sensitive vegetarians. Humorous illustrations, confusing setting changes, and outmoded stereotypes don't add up to a Happy Meal. (Picture book. 4-8)
From the Publisher

"Waber's culinary masterpiece is a perfect read-aloud, and a cunning consideration of our frenzied lives." —School Library Journal, starred

School Library Journal, Starred

"A satisfying morsel that kids will eagerly devour." Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618555611
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/28/2005
Edition description:
None
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.56(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Bernard Waber, who has written eight delightful books about Lyle the Crocodile, a little boy named Ira, and a firefly named Torchy, is the author of more than seventeen picture books for children. Widely praised by reviewers for his ability to describe common family problems, he is best loved by children for his freeflowing humor and gentle characters.

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