Lunch

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It's time for lunch, and one little mouse is famished! In fact, he's so hungry that once he starts eating, he can't stop. He sinks his teeth into a crisp white turnip, gobbles up some orange carrots, devours an ear of yellow corn, then tosses back some tender green peas. He's full, but this mouse keeps on munching until his bulging belly won't hold another bite.

Parents will see their own toddlers in this perky tale, and toddlers won't get enough of the gregarious little mouse. ...

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Overview

It's time for lunch, and one little mouse is famished! In fact, he's so hungry that once he starts eating, he can't stop. He sinks his teeth into a crisp white turnip, gobbles up some orange carrots, devours an ear of yellow corn, then tosses back some tender green peas. He's full, but this mouse keeps on munching until his bulging belly won't hold another bite.

Parents will see their own toddlers in this perky tale, and toddlers won't get enough of the gregarious little mouse. They'll proudly identify the colors of his (and their) favorite foods, and enjoy guessing what fruit or vegetable he'll eat next. Color-savvy readers are sure to spot the rainbow contained in the background pages— and almost everyone will agree that this is one book about colors that makes the plain old primaries look positively pale!

An ALA Notable Book

A very hungry mouse eats a large lunch comprised of colorful foods.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Fleming's feisty mouse peeks out of a hole in the wall and spies a table laden with goodies-a smorgasbord of fruits and vegetables in bold colors. With each turn of the page, the hungry mouse samples one colorful food after another: crisp white turnip, tasty orange carrot, sweet yellow corn, tender green peas. Children will love to guess what food comes next..." —Booklist

"A well designed, joyous romp through food and color." —School Library Journal, starred review

"A beautifully crafted book." —Kirkus Reviews, pointer

"Soup's on in this tummy-tempting concept book." —Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Soup's on in this tummy-tempting concept book. A very hungry mouse nibbles and crunches his way through the various components of a vegetarian repast, while the text introduces readers to the individual foods and their respective colors. The book's design also allows for some guessing games-each right hand page presents visual and textual clues about what comes next in the progression. The brief, adjective-rich prose lists Mouse's menu-sour purple grapes, juicy pink watermelon with black crunchy seeds-in a large boldface type that is a boon for group sharing (and often a confidence builder for newly independent readers). Mouse with his protruding stomach (much like Templeton the rat in Charlotte's Web) appears on the final page, covered with the feast's rainbow remnants, each smudge labeled to serve as a color/food recap. Fleming's pulp painting technique drenches each page with vibrant hues. A black-andwhite-checked tablecloth appears throughout, further punching up the color contrasts-shiny red apples stand out, even on a red background. Bon appetit! Ages 2-7. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Lunch makes a great transition to board book format. A hungry mouse eats his way through a variety of colorful foods. All of the colors end up on his fur and color the trail to his mouse hole. The humor is depicted in the accumulation of stains (food colors) that cover the mouse and the implied questions as to what the mouse will eat. A visual clue for the next food appears in each scene as well as the food he is currently gorging on. It is a delightful board book that will sate those hungry and observant toddlers. Fleming's hand-made paper illustrations are a feast for the eyes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805046465
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 4/15/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 114,070
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.87 (w) x 11.11 (h) x 0.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Denise Fleming has written and illustrated many children’s books, including In the Tall, Tall Grass, Shout! Shout It Out!, and Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy. She won a Caldecott Honor for In the Small, Small Pond. Denise published her first painting in the third grade, when she started taking classes at the Toledo Museum of Art and one of her paintings was chosen to be the cover of a teacher’s magazine. She now works primarily with paper, by pouring colored paper pulp through hand-cut stencils. She lives in Toledo, Ohio.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

    Great for young children

    I held a nutrition intervention with a group of 3 & 4 year olds and used this book as an ice breaker. This book is great becasue it not only has amazing illustrations, but it gets the children involved. I would highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2000

    Fun, fun, fun!

    We have had this book for 4 months from the library and I'm finally going to buy a copy. My 3 yr. old LOVES it. It's a cute story with a funny ending.

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