Pickles, Please!: A Dilly of a Book

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If you ask a kid what their favorite snack is, most will say pizza, cupcakes, or ice cream. But not Alec Smart—he loves pickles! None of his friends at school understand his taste for pickled treats, nor do his parents. However, one day, just when Alec is pondering how lonely it is to be the only pickle enthusiast around, he comes across a pickle delivery truck and decides to jump in! What will happen when he arrives at the pickle factory? And who will he meet? The lesson learned in this humorous, ...
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If you ask a kid what their favorite snack is, most will say pizza, cupcakes, or ice cream. But not Alec Smart—he loves pickles! None of his friends at school understand his taste for pickled treats, nor do his parents. However, one day, just when Alec is pondering how lonely it is to be the only pickle enthusiast around, he comes across a pickle delivery truck and decides to jump in! What will happen when he arrives at the pickle factory? And who will he meet? The lesson learned in this humorous, pickle-filled adventure is that embracing your true colors brings with it special and tasty rewards!
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Editorial Reviews

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San Francisco & Sacramento Book Reviews
“Delicious fun for young readers.”

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Alec Smart's passion for pickles stumps his parents and his friends, and he often finds himself sitting alone at the school lunch table. But things change when he spots a truck filled with pickles and decides to climb aboard ("KIDS...Never climb on a cucumber truck without calling home first!!"). Alec finds himself on an adventure to the local pickle factory, where his love of pickles inspires the owner to use "Picklicious" as a slogan, with Alec leading the pickle parade the next day. This feel-good story conveys the subtle meaning of believe in yourself and people will believe in you. The use of white space draws readers in, and bright colors burst from the pages, which are awash in green. This whimsical story works well as part of a food-themed storyhour or a fun shared reading with a favorite pickle enthusiast.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews

Alec enjoys pickles' snappy yumminess in all their great shades and variations, but no one understands his heartfelt adoration for them. Though he earnestly expresses their "picklicious" qualities at every opportunity, his family and classmates bluntly point out their vinegary shortcomings. "Pickles won't fetch sticks. / You can't play sports with them. / They make terrible kites." The child's quirky fascination leaves him with a haunting sense of loneliness. A cucumber truck randomly appears at this low moment, and Alec hops aboard. He experiences the pickling process firsthand until Inspector 105 scoops him off the conveyor belt and straight into the hands of the company's president, who sees a golden marketing opportunity. Alec's catchy slogan catapults the boy to local-celebrity status, and the once-scoffed-at vegetable becomes a popular treat. The illustrations include some humorous details, with pickle-shaped objects adorning the factory's space, and quivering lines denote Alec's vulnerability. There's not much pizzazz in the descriptions, though, to spice the lackluster narration. "His parents were very proud. His friends were very surprised." Alec is earnest enough, but his campy enthusiasm is a bit hard to choke down and leaves behind a slightly sour aftertaste. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762440184
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/12/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 814,284
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Andy Myer has been an illustrator, a writer, and graphic designer for more than 30 years. His humorous essays have appeared in Sports Illustrated and Philadelphia Magazine and his editorials have been published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the LA Times, and the Minneapolis Tribune. In addition to his writing, Myer has contributed his witty drawings to many diverse clients such as Kraft Foods, Forbes, AT&T, and People Magazine.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    A silly and colorful book--recommend!

    My kids love this book about a kid who eats pickles. Always makes them laugh and we adore the sweet illustrations. This book actually got my kids to want to try pickles! I highly recommend for parents looking for the perfect book to make their children smile.

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