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Sugar Would Not Eat Itby Giselle Potter, Emily Jenkins
All children have heard their parents try to threaten, cajole, and guilt them into eating their vegetables. And it’s no different for Leo’s new cat, Sugar. She’s hungry, but when Leo generously gives her his last piece of birthday cake, Sugar will/i>/i>
Like children everywhere, Sugar the cat refuses to eat food she doesn’t like!
All children have heard their parents try to threaten, cajole, and guilt them into eating their vegetables. And it’s no different for Leo’s new cat, Sugar. She’s hungry, but when Leo generously gives her his last piece of birthday cake, Sugar will not eat it. Leo finally gives up. He fixes himself a chicken sandwich and some milk. Suddenly, guess who is up on the counter, nibbling at Leo’s sandwich?
Features a great cast of neighborhood characters—each with their own tidbit of advice—that is also the perfect tool for parents to use with children to talk about food.
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Who would be nuts enough to pass up a piece of chocolate birthday cake-with blue frosting roses, yet? But a stray kitten found by Leo seems to possess all the maddening intransigence of Bartleby the Scrivener. It never occurs to Leo or the adults in his tight-knit urban community that cats and cake don't mix. Instead, everyone offers Leo advice based on the parental cajoling and nagging they heard as picky-eater kids long ago-all of which is channeled by Leo to great comic effect. "It took me two hours to bake this cake, and another hour to do the frosting roses," he kvetches to Sugar, after Jimmy the coffee-cart guy suggests a guilt trip: "All that, and now you're not interested?" While Sugar's lack of affect is well served by Potter's (The Boy Who Loved Words) flat, naïf style, the Diane Arbus-styled characters, coupled with Jenkins's (Toys Go Out) poker-faced ironies, may not play to mainstream tastes. For readers who like their humor on the wry side, however, Leo's exercise should make a precise and highly satisfying hit on the funny bone. Ages 4-8. (May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
The day after his birthday, Leo finds a stray kitten, takes her home, and names her Sugar. Although he does not know anything about felines, they get on well. But when Leo tries to feed Sugar leftover cake, she won't eat it. He seeks the expertise of various adult friends, who all offer advice that sounds not unlike the threats parents issue to their own fussy eaters. The boy cajoles, bargains, and warns, but the kitten will not eat the cake. It is hard not to question why Leo's mother, who observes her son's efforts from the sidelines, doesn't simply take him to the library for a book about pet care and put an end to the agony. Finally, he stumbles upon the appropriate food for Sugar and is optimistic about their future together. And then he decides to give the kitten a bath. While not exactly offering wisdom, this gently humorous book gives readers an empathetic link between themselves and tiny Sugar. Potter's distinctive illustrations, done in pencil, ink, gouache, gesso, and watercolor, incorporate plenty of color, with the repeated image of the blue-gray kitten dwarfed atop a dramatically red kitchen table establishing the premise of a small being facing down a larger entity.-Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
- Random House Children's Books
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- Product dimensions:
- 11.06(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.38(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Emily Jenkins is the author of the recently published Toy Dance Party, and Toys Go Out, which received three starred reviews and was an ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book. You can visit her on the Web at http://emilyjenkins.com/kidsbooks.html. She lives in Brooklyn.
Giselle Potter’s most recent book is Wynken, Blynken, and Nod by Eugene Field, called “a mesmerizing bedtime book” (Booklist). You can visit her on the Web at www.gisellepotter.com. She lives in Kingston, New York.
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What an angry and misinformed book! As an animal lover I was very disappointed that no one along the line pointed out that trying to feed animals chocolate can be DEADLY. For some cats and many dogs chocolate is toxic - unbelievable to me that no one along the line figured this out. I would never read this angry, harping, book to any child. I recommend that this book is removed from shelves. YUCK!