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Chew, Chew, Gulp!
Contributor(s): Thompson, Lauren, Krosoczka, Jarrett J. (Illustrator)
ISBN: 141699744X     ISBN-13: 9781416997443
Publisher: Margaret K McElderry
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Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: May 2011
Annotation: Bouncy rhyming text combines with brightly colored images of youngsters devouring their favorite foods in a lighthearted tribute to the joys of eating that features corresponding labels for the foods being gobbled up. By the author of The Apple Pie that Papa Baked.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Stories in rhyme.
Food habits; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Cooking & Food
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Words
- Juvenile Fiction | Health & Daily Living
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2010000203
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.75" H x 9.75" W x 0.50" (0.82 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall)
"Swirl it. / Curl it. / Scoop it. / Loop it..." Four children take turns modeling how to eat various kid-friendly foods; each demonstration comes with a labeled illustration ("mashed potatoes" goes with "Swirl it," "spaghetti" with "Curl it," etc.). Right-on-the-beat rhymes and good-humored acrylics showing smiling--but not squeaky-clean--kids turn a modest concept into an appetizing read. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 March #2)

Given the talent of these two collaborators, this book about different methods of eating comes across as fairly lackluster. In the opening scene, a multiracial cast of children announces, "Eating isn't hard to do./ Follow us!/ We'll show you." Painting in bright acrylics, Krosoczka (Punk Farm) shows a boy eating mashed potatoes ("Swirl it") and a girl eating spaghetti ("Curl it"), followed by a spread with a girl eating pudding ("Scoop it") and a boy eating licorice ("Loop it"). Each scene features a different background and coordinating patterned tablecloth, and the kids display enthusiasm for the various foods (labeled on each page) that may help sway picky eaters. Thompson (the Little Quack books) groups some verbs according to rhymes ("Sip it./ Nip it./ Pick it./ Lick it") or alliteration ("Chomp it. Chop it"), and she keeps the focus on the actions involved. The light verse has a bouncing rhythm, but while the project suggests that mealtime can be fun (especially when spaghetti or soup are involved) neither Krosoczka's generically cheery artwork nor Thompson's uncomplicated text have much zing. Ages 3–5. (May)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 May)

PreS—Four children demonstrate ways to eat different foods—on each page or spread, one or more of the youngsters is shown "chewing," "gulping," "crumbling," "nibbling," etc. The simple rhyming text is action packed. For example, "Swirl it. (mashed potatoes) Curl it. (spaghetti) Scoop it. (pudding) Loop it. (licorice)." The simple acrylic illustrations set the kids and food against bright, deliciously varied colored backgrounds. The last sequence has them eating soup, "Slurp, slurp, BURP!/Easy as pie!" and as they dig into their dessert, the children all say: "Now YOU try!" Toddlers and preschoolers will love to imitate the actions, either in a food storytime or one-on-one.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA

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