Lauren McGill's Pickle Museum

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Lauren McGill is just mad about pickles. She decorates her room in every shade of pickle green and has her very own pickle costume. When her teacher announces a field trip to a pickle factory, Lauren is the only one in her class who cares about going . . . until everyone discovers how delicious pickles truly are. Suddenly, everyone in Lauren's world loves pickles. But where does that leave Lauren?
Jerdine Nolen's delightful text and Debbie Tilley's hilarious illustrations ...

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Overview

Lauren McGill is just mad about pickles. She decorates her room in every shade of pickle green and has her very own pickle costume. When her teacher announces a field trip to a pickle factory, Lauren is the only one in her class who cares about going . . . until everyone discovers how delicious pickles truly are. Suddenly, everyone in Lauren's world loves pickles. But where does that leave Lauren?
Jerdine Nolen's delightful text and Debbie Tilley's hilarious illustrations harmonize gloriously in a story that reveals it's what's inside that makes you different—and that sharing the things you love can be a joy.

A class field trip to the local pickle factory puts Lauren McGill's love of pickles to the test, until she realizes her true calling is to create a museum dedicated to pickles.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Nolen (Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm) adds to her stable of quirky picture-book characters with Lauren McGill, a girl distinguished by an unbridled passion for pickles. Lauren is so obsessed by the tangy treats that she dresses all in bright green pickle-wear and decorates her room with pickle paraphernalia. Though pickles in and of themselves are generally laugh-getters, Nolen's lengthy tale does not sustain a comic tone. Her determinedly preposterous scenarios and details come to feel forced, especially in combination with the messages she weaves in: Lauren learns to feel "special" even when she is no longer the only pickle enthusiast in town, and that her mother is right-that "giving brings giving back." Tilley (The Difference Between Babies & Cookies) relishes her role as a pickle Picasso, employing a range of green hues and bumpy pickle shapes throughout her zippy watercolor cartoons. Unfortunately, her very funny take on Lauren's world doesn't fully redeem the sour notes in the storytelling. Ages 5-8. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Lauren loves pickles with a passion. For her class's field trip to a pickle factory, she even dresses head to toe in shades of green-"elegant emerald, chilling chartreuse"-to look like the briny treat. When an experiment gone wrong results in an explosion, the girl springs into action and saves the day, thereby spreading her love of pickles to the rest of the class. Rather than heroic, however, she feels lost. Her enthusiasm for pickles had made her unique, but now everyone shares her taste for them. Advised by her mother that "Giving brings giving back," she opens a pickle museum. Some readers may find the protagonist's extreme devotion to pickles a bit hard to swallow. Lines such as "I could never lose respect for something so silent, bumpy, beautiful, and green" are presented with straight-faced solemnity. Nolen's literary style and extensive vocabulary place the story beyond the reading level of most primary graders, but it is easy to follow visually when read aloud, thanks to Tilley's watercolor paintings. The characters are simply sketched, but their subtle facial expressions and body language clearly illustrate the action and emotion of each scene, and pickle paraphernalia adds fun details. This title will appeal to some tastes more than others.-Eve Ortega, Cypress Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
"Lauren McGill was absolutely wild about pickles." She wears pickle-green clothes; decorates her room in pickle shades; she even rearranges the letters of her name to make pickle words. She loves everything: their pungent aroma, crunch, bite, taste, shape, and texture. Sadly her family does not share this love, nor does her class--until the day of their visit to a pickle factory. As the bus cruises down Pickle Factory Lane, vatloads of pickles rain from the sky and pound the bus; an experiment has gone awry. Pickles and brine drench everything and everyone. But Lauren saves the day--with the batches of empty jars she brought--and suddenly everybody else loves pickles too. Now Lauren doesn’t feel special anymore--until she creates the world’s first pickle museum. Tilly’s watercolor illustrations of pickle-perfect shades of green, her use of line creating humorous expressions, and the clever pickle details in the scenes make deliciously silly fun. Kids will relish this dilly of a story without a sour note anywhere. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152022792
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/14/2003
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 11.62 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

JERDINE NOLEN is the author of many beloved books for children, including Plantzilla, illustrated by David Catrow, which Publishers Weekly praised in a starred review for having "plenty of heart," and Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm. She lives in Maryland.

DEBBIE TILLEY is the illustrator of dozens of books for young readers. She lives in Escondido, California.

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