Stop That Pickle!

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When Mrs. Elmira Deeds waddles into Mr. Adolph's deli and asks for a pickle, chaos erupts! The pickle escapes from the jar, and a cast of zany characters, including a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and seventeen toasted almonds, joins in the chase to stop the pickle as it attempts to run away.

A pickle tries to escape being eaten by fleeing through the city streets, pursued by a variety of other food items.

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Overview

When Mrs. Elmira Deeds waddles into Mr. Adolph's deli and asks for a pickle, chaos erupts! The pickle escapes from the jar, and a cast of zany characters, including a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and seventeen toasted almonds, joins in the chase to stop the pickle as it attempts to run away.

A pickle tries to escape being eaten by fleeing through the city streets, pursued by a variety of other food items.

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"Sophisticated art, in a funny book with broad appeal." Kirkus Reviews

"The infectious refrain, deadpan humor, and outlandish paintings of anthropomorphized sandwiches, pretzels, and almonds will appeal to youngsters with a taste for the offbeat.”—Booklist Booklist, ALA

“A hoot.”—Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Armour's comic, kid-pleasing escapade begins when Mrs. Elmira Deeds says to a deli owner, ``I would like a pickle, please.'' But the lone green pickle sitting in the jar refuses to be eaten and flees the deli. Running down the street, it is followed by a peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich and other comestibles, all of which cry out, ``Stop that pickle!'' Inevitably, the other foodstuffs are devoured and the pickle allowed to continue its flight why it's okay to eat, say, 17 toasted almonds but not a pickle remains a mystery. Shachat You Can't Catch Me contributes zany childlike art: the various snacks, personified with bulging eyes and short stubby legs, race across busy backgrounds. A hoot. Ages 4-8. Sept.
Children's Literature
This is the story of a runaway pickle that does not want to be eaten. As he flees his deli home, the owner of the deli chases him. As the owner runs after the pickle, he exclaims, "Stop that pickle!" When others hear these cries they join the deli owner in chasing the pickle down, much like those pursuing the Gingerbread Man. This group includes a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, some raisins, an ice cream cone, and a green apple. The pickle manages to outwit and outrun the group, until he turns a corner and crashes into a little boy. The hungry little boy has a choice to make: eat the pickle or eat the other foods that were chasing the pickle. The boy decides to eat the sandwich, almonds, raisins, donut, apple, juice, and ice cream cone, and let the pickle go. The pickle is last seen running off into the distance, as shown in Andrew Shachat's final picture. Peter Armour's sense of whimsy and humor shine through in this book. Shachat's pictures depict that whimsy, as well. His drawings are very childlike, as if they were colored by crayon, and fit the story well. This book is a good story for those learning to read by themselves. There are not many large, difficult words, and the pictures do a good job at representing what is happening in the story. 1993, Houghton Mifflin Company, and Ages 4 to 8.
—Meg Spencer
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PreS-K-A pickle that doesn't want to be eaten tries to run away, and various other foods chase him. If your readers enjoy stories about food, this might interest them at first. The illustrations, however, will send them running. They're very poor imitations of Maira Kalman and Hendrik Drescher's styles, with none of the humor, care, or detail that characterize their respective works. The writing isn't involving or clever enough for a read-aloud, and the story lacks the development of similar tales such as Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith's The Stinky Cheese Man Viking, 1992 or even the traditional Gingerbread Boy. Stop that purchase order.-Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, NY
Elizabeth Bush
This might be the kind of comic nightmare to expect after reading "The Gingerbread Man" on a full stomach. The last pickle in the jar at Adolph's Deli does not want to be eaten. It escapes and dashes through city streets, pursued by an ever-growing posse of food items that cry, "Stop that pickle!" Then, colliding with a hungry little boy, the pickle faces his moment of destiny. Luckily, the boy eats the pickle's pursuers and, unlike his less fortunate Gingerbread cousin, the devilish dill is once again on the lam. The infectious refrain, deadpan humor ("Everyone knows that a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is not the fastest sandwich in the world, but it does have great endurance"), and outlandish paintings of anthropomorphized sandwiches, pretzels, and almonds will appeal to youngsters with a taste for the offbeat. Not essential, but an entertaining selection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395663752
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.69 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Armour and Andrew Shachat both live and work in California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2000

    Don't eat me!!

    My three-year-old son and I have enjoyed reading this book many times. The pickle's evasive antics have my son belly laughing every time. My wife, newborn daughter, son, and I have each been given names of charcters from the book; I am the bottle of grape juice, my wife the pipin apple, my son the peanut butter sandwich, and newborn daugher the little almond. Good family fun, don't eat me

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