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Out to Lunch
     

Out to Lunch

by Peggy Perry Anderson
 

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Joe's parents take him out to a fancy restaurant and he just can't sit still. "Do you have crayons or playgrounds?" he asks the waiter. He slurps and burps and scratches his toe. "The table is no place for feet. Please, Joe, sit still and eat!" say his parents. But Joe just can't stop wiggling, playing, and causing a messy scene!

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Joe's parents take him out to a fancy restaurant and he just can't sit still. "Do you have crayons or playgrounds?" he asks the waiter. He slurps and burps and scratches his toe. "The table is no place for feet. Please, Joe, sit still and eat!" say his parents. But Joe just can't stop wiggling, playing, and causing a messy scene!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1The frog family depicted in Time for Bed, the Babysitter Said (1987) and To the Tub (1997, both Houghton) is back. This time little Joe's long-suffering parents attempt to take him to a fancy restaurant for lunch. The irrepressible preschooler is in constant motion despite the repeated refrain, "We're out to lunch, not out to play." Full-page, color cartoons capture the exasperated expressions of the adults around him perfectly. The bouncy rhymed text reads aloud well and could also be enjoyed independently by beginning readers. A treat.Lisa Smith, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
A brief rhyming text, suitable for beginning readers, and cartoon-style illustrations chronicle a frog family's disastrous lunch at a fancy restaurant. Young Joe crawls under the table, plays with his food, slurps and burps, and, true to his froggy nature, catches a fly on his tongue. His parents try in vain to control him while other diners point and stare, frown indisapproval, and laugh out loud. The frazzled waiter, splashed with food and drink, clearly can't wait for the family to leave. And leave they do, to the safety of a fast-food joint, where Joe can cavort happily in the playground while his parents glumly eat their burgers and fries. This has funny moments, especially the fly-catching and the surprise ending, but the slapstick humor spins out of control, and the point of view is adult. Any parent who has endured such a meal will relate to this, but children may miss the point. (Picture book. 4-8)

Children's Literature - Laura Dekle
Children and parents alike will find this rhyming book both entertaining and relevant. Joe the Frog’s babysitter cannot watch him one day, so he goes out to lunch at a fancy restaurant with his parents. There, he makes a mess and a lot of noise. He has a blast and is completely oblivious to everyone else in the restaurant. Readers will be able to read most of the words without help, but challenging words are aided by the illustrations, as well as the pattern of rhymes. Joe reads his menu upside-down in one of the illustrations, which is a funny detail for readers to notice. Looking at the illustrations can enhance comprehension: in addition to helping students figure out unknown or challenging words, they add another dimension to the text. Readers will notice the adults’ fancy outfits, the way Joe’s dad picks him up to move out of the way, and the frogs screaming in the background, just from the illustrations. Out to Lunch is worthwhile and exciting for new readers to read independently. Part of the “Green Light Readers” series. Reviewer: Laura Dekle; Ages 6 to 9.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395898260
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/01/1998
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.06(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


PEGGY PERRY ANDERSON is a former elementary school art teacher who lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has written and illustrated six early readers about Joe the Frog. They include Let's Clean Up, Joe on the Go, To the Tub, Out to LunchTime for Bed, the Babysitter Said, and I Can Help!.

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