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

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

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by Lauren Child

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The critically acclaimed Charlie and Lola books -- now an animated series on television!

Lola is a fussy eater. A very fussy eater. She won’t eat her carrots (until her brother Charlie reveals that they’re orange twiglets from Jupiter). She won’t eat her mashed potatoes (until Charlie explains that they’re cloud fluff from the


The critically acclaimed Charlie and Lola books -- now an animated series on television!

Lola is a fussy eater. A very fussy eater. She won’t eat her carrots (until her brother Charlie reveals that they’re orange twiglets from Jupiter). She won’t eat her mashed potatoes (until Charlie explains that they’re cloud fluff from the pointiest peak of Mount Fuji). There are many things Lola won’t eat, including - and especially - tomatoes. Or will she? Two endearing siblings star in a witty story about the triumph of imagination over proclivity.

"Youngsters will never - not ever - pass up a second helping." - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
PW called this "a delectable variation on the picky-eater-themed tale. Youngsters will never-not ever-pass up a second helping." Also starring Charlie and Lola: I Am Too Absolutely Small for School (0-7636-2887-5); I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed (0-7636-2970-7). Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Child (Clarice Bean, That's Me) here serves up a delectable variation on the picky-eater-themed tale. Charlie's parents give him the formidable task of feeding dinner to his fussy younger sister, Lola. The clever boy cajoles his sibling into eating foods that she insists "I do not eat." The girl lists such forbidden fruits as carrots, peas, potatoes, fish sticks and--the most dreaded--tomatoes, all of which her brother is dishing up for the meal. "These are not carrots. These are orange twiglets from Jupiter," maintains Charlie when Lola turns up her nose. He devises similarly tempting pseudonyms for other edibles: peas are rare "green drops" from Greenland that fall from the sky; mashed potatoes are cloud fluff from "the pointiest peak of Mount Fuji." A playful arrangement of type in a variety of fonts and sizes combined with mixed-media art that overlays photos on fanciful, childlike drawings provide a feast for young readers' eyes and mimic the boy's upbeat attitude. Finally, Lola herself follows her brother's example and asks him to pass the "moonsquirters my favorite," otherwise known as guess what? Apt not to be satiated with one serving of this appetizing fare, youngsters will never--not ever--pass up a second helping. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Charlie's problem with his little sister Lola is a familiar one. When he has to give her dinner, she has a reason for not eating anything he offers, especially tomatoes. Charlie's marvelous imagination builds a tale around each food that lures her into eating it, from "orange twiglets from Jupiter" better known as carrots to "cloud fluff from Mount Fuji," or mashed potatoes. Our smiles grow even broader as Lola makes her own sly imaginative leap into the dreadful tomatoes. The illustrations are equally imaginative in their combining of sketchily simple cut paper children, photographed food, and patterned backgrounds. There is sense of "the real thing," the world as youngsters might perceive it, about the simple but psychologically sound rendering of the children with the few props. Even the letters of the text join in the fun by changing character for emphasis or being set in meandering lines for rhythmic appeal. This might even change the mind of a really picky eater with a sense of humor. 2000, Candlewick Press, $15.99. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Child has created two likable, winsome siblings with spunk and imagination. Charlie, who has been asked to give his little sister dinner, narrates this delightful tale. Feeding Lola proves to be a difficult task because she, like many kids, is a fussy eater. She promptly lists the foods she absolutely will not eat, and Charlie cunningly uses a little reverse psychology. He introduces her to items that most certainly look like those on her "will not eat" list, but have unusual names such as, "orange twiglets from Jupiter" (carrots), "green drops from Greenland" (peas), and "ocean nibbles from the supermarket under the sea" (fish sticks). Despite Lola's initial disinclination, Charlie's creative scheme works. While this story is a bit predictable, the book is funny and clever enough for readers to overlook this minor flaw. Child's mixed-media artwork (primitive cartoon characters, photographs, fabric swatches, and wallpaper remnants) enhances the innocent tone of the book. The illustrations resemble a child's cut-and-paste collage and the text often dances across the pages in a variety of fonts. Even finicky youngsters will enjoy this tasty treat.-Holly T. Sneeringer, St. Mark School, Baltimore, MD Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Poster child for Picky Eaters of the World, Lola declares that she won't touch carrots, peas, potatoes, fish sticks, or, most especially, tomatoes, until her brother Charlie sets her straight. Those aren't carrots, they're orange twiglets from Jupiter; not peas, but green drops that fell from the sky in Greenland; not mashed potatoes, but cloud fluff. Intrigued, Lola tries a nibble or two, and by the end she's even asking for some round, red "moonsquirters." Child (Clarice Bean, That's Me!, 1999) lays clipped, handtinted photos of food, and drawn, cutout cartoon children over backgrounds of fabric, patterned paper, and brightly colored monochrome in various combinations. The effect is cleverly postmodern but not busy, with plenty of open space and bitesized blocks or wriggles of text. Funny bits of design will provoke a giggle: a smiling pea in the middle of a bowl of them or a Martian sharing the carrots. Would the subterfuge work in real life? Perhaps not, but even younger readers who find Lola's stance perfectly reasonable will join her in this engagingly playful head game. (Picture book. 58)

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Candlewick Press
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Charlie and Lola Series
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10.56(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.14(d)
AD370L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Lauren Child attended art school and did "lots of things" before writing children’s books, including designing ceramics for children, working as an artist's assistant, and designing lampshades.

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I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
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. 
reb55 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 5 year old wanted to buy this book, and while it is very cute and colorful, she hasn't asked to re-read it yet. I think she may have been a bit too old for the story because she didn't quite buy the idea of re-naming the food with silly names in order to eat it. I think it would be a wonderful book for a younger child who is struggling with being afraid to try new foods since it is very creative and silly.
ReadInBed More than 1 year ago
I love Charlie and Lola, and this is a particularly good one- albeit not written by Lauren Childs, which would have made it even better. It didn't trick my daughter into wanting to eat vegetables like I hoped, but she laughed at every page. Go for the originals first and you will be hooked on the Charlie and Lola books for sure. And by all means read these stories to your child in Charlie and Lola's super duper British accent, and they will love love love it all the more more more. It's "Chaaalie" not "Charlie!" We love Charlie and Lola!
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joest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book because my 2 year old granddaughter loves the show on TV. We so enjoyed the book, it was written exactly how the characters speak on the show. The pictures are colorful & imaginative & kept her attention. When my 7 year old niece came over, she could read the book herself. She thought it was a funny story. So whether 2 or 7 it was very well liked by these little girls.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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