Too Pickley!

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Too wrinkly, too squishy, too fruity, too fishy!

It's time to eat, but somebody doesn't like a single item on his plate. What's a picky eater to do?

This romping text and stylishly bold art make for a delectable board book. Parents (and the picky eaters they love) will recognize themselves in the hilarious antics played out here, while the ending brings reassurance-and with a little luck, a clean plate.

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Overview

Too wrinkly, too squishy, too fruity, too fishy!

It's time to eat, but somebody doesn't like a single item on his plate. What's a picky eater to do?

This romping text and stylishly bold art make for a delectable board book. Parents (and the picky eaters they love) will recognize themselves in the hilarious antics played out here, while the ending brings reassurance-and with a little luck, a clean plate.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
The winning team that addressed the frustrations of the fashion-fussy in Too Purpley! returns here to catalog the complaints of the picky eater. After first bellowing, "I'm hungry!" the little boy narrator rejects a variety of food offerings as "too wrinkly" (raisins), "too squishy" (a plump tomato), "too slimy" (snails), and "too slurpy" (soup). Other foods are rejected for their fruitiness, fishiness, stringiness, crunchiness, stickiness, and other unacceptable features, until he somehow manages to find something he's willing to eat (unidentified in text or art, but inviting enjoyable reader speculation). A mere 47 well-chosen words add up to a clever and lively text, complemented by Leloup's bright, bold, exuberant pictures that supply plenty of action and expression to supplement Reidy's list of food grievances, all too comically familiar to the despairing parents and caregivers of picky eaters everywhere. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 1—As in Too Purpley! (Bloomsbury, 2010), Reidy and Leloup's story features a fussy child. This time, it's a boy who is an extremely picky eater. "I am hungry!" he declares as he sits at the table, bib in place. But he finds fault with every type of food put in front of him—"Too wrinkly,/too squishy,/too fruity,/too fishy"—although the little furry pal at his side seems game to try them all. With so many options being shot down (including desserts) one begins to wonder if the child will find anything worth eating. Finally, on the last page, he pronounces something, "So yummy! All done." Unfortunately, since his plate is clean, readers don't find out what that perfect food is, and this abrupt ending is somewhat jarring. Leloup's bright, digitally mastered illustrations keep up with the comic pace of Reidy's bouncy rhymes. Fans of the first book, as well as the Berenstains' Old Hat New Hat (Random, 1970), will enjoy the exaggerated humor of this hard-to-please youngster.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599906805
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Series: Too! Books Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 26
  • Sales rank: 276,986
  • Age range: 3 months - 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.64 (w) x 6.52 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

JEAN REIDY writes from her home in Colorado where she lives with her husband, Mike. She has four children and hordes of nieces and nephews who provide her endless inspiration. www.jeanreidy.com

GENEVIÈVE LELOUP studied graphic arts, animation, and printing in Belgium, where she was born. Her whimsical illustrations have highlighted editorial articles, paper products, ads, children's furniture, and textiles (including lots of children's clothes), but this is her first picture book series. www.alulustudio.com

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