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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 3 to 7.
Based on a BBC television series, this story is told in the first person by big brother Charlie, who is asked by his parents to help his little sister Lola eat her dinner. Lola is a very fussy eater. Lola does not eat carrots, peas, cabbage, or cauliflower and she will "never not ever eat a tomato." As the book begins, Lola looks at the dinner table and asks, "Why are those carrots there, Charlie?" Charlie tells her they are not carrots, they are "orange twiglets from Jupiter." Well, in that case, Lola agrees to try one, and for the rest of the book Charlie continues to invent new names for the foods that Lola refuses to eat. His ploy is so successful that, at the end of the book, Lola looks at her brother and asks him to "pass me one of those." "What one of those?" asks Charlie, looking askance at a bowl of tomatoes. "Moonsquirters are my favorite," says Lola. "You didn't think they were tomatoes, did you, Charlie?" The story is engaging. The art is quirky and fun, and the pop-ups, pull-tabs and lift-the-flaps put the cherry on top of this delightful treat! Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich