Tales for Very Picky Eaters
By Josh Schneider
Clarion Books, 2011. 47 pages. Easy reader.
Congratulations to Tales for Very Picky Eaters, 2012's Geisel Award winner! This is a laugh out loud book for early readers. The chapter titles say it all: Tales of Disgusting Broccoli, Smelly Lasagna, Repulsive Milk, Lumpy Oatmeal, and Slimy Eggs. Dad is desperate to get James to eat something- anything!- and finds that humor is the way to do it. Don't like the broccoli? Fine, try some pre-chewed gum, or a sweaty sock, for starters. James eventually learns that perhaps trying the dreaded food placed before him might be more appealing than the alternative. Of course, he ends up liking the food he tastes. A great story for picky eaters and the parents they torment.