No Dinner!: The Story of the Old Woman and the Pumpkin

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An old woman sets off through the forest to visit her granddaughter, when “Boo!” — one by one, out jump a hungry fox, a hungry bear and a hungry tiger. The old woman escapes by telling them she’ll taste even better on the way back, once she’s eaten her dinner. But later on, at her granddaughter’s, she wonders what to do…

Jessica Souhami uses the brilliant colours of India to illustrate her vibrant ...

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An old woman sets off through the forest to visit her granddaughter, when “Boo!” — one by one, out jump a hungry fox, a hungry bear and a hungry tiger. The old woman escapes by telling them she’ll taste even better on the way back, once she’s eaten her dinner. But later on, at her granddaughter’s, she wonders what to do…

Jessica Souhami uses the brilliant colours of India to illustrate her vibrant retelling of a traditional story known all over Southern Asia.

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"There was once an old woman who lived at the edge of a big forest with her little dog. She was so bent and frail that she was nothing but skin and bone. She longed to visit her granddaughter who lived on the other side of the forest. But the forest was full of fierce, hungry animals."
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An unusual pumpkin does double duty as both delectable dish and handy disguise in this retelling of an Indian folktale. Feeling especially frail and thin, an old woman longs to visit her granddaughter, but a forest filled with vicious, hungry animals separates the two. When she can wait no longer, the old woman decides to make the perilous trip anyhow. Along the way, she convinces a tiger, a bear and a fox that, being as thin as she is, she wouldn't be worth eating; the animals should wait to eat her on the way home when she'll be "nice and fat." The woman arrives safely at her granddaughter's and feasts until she is satiated and plump. For safety's sake, the granddaughter suggests that the woman hide in an enormous, hollowed-out pumpkin and roll her way home. The squash suit (and some quick-thinking) serve the woman well, leaving the forest animals with no dinner. Souhami's (The Black Geese) watercolor-and-charcoal compositions--grainy-textured swatches of color, with characters often peeking out from unusual perspectives--give a tale with a familiar feel some snap. Ages 5-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845078188
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/24/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,343,404
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Jessica Souhami studied at the Central School of Art and Design. In 1980 she formed Mme Souhami and Co, a travelling puppet company using colourful shadow puppets with a musical accompaniment and a storyteller. Her illustrations, like her puppets, use brilliant colour and bold shapes and her characters leap and swoop across the spreads. Her books for Frances Lincoln are Sausages!, In the Dark, Dark Wood, Baba Yaga and the Stolen Baby, Leopard's Drum, No Dinner!, Rama and the Demon King, The Famous Adventures of a Bird Brained Hen, The Little, Little House, Mrs McCool and the Giant Cuchulainn and King Pom and the Fox. Souhami lives in North London.
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