In this delightful story, a boy named Charlie is responsible for his little sister, Lola. Charlie must make Lola’s dinner, but she is a very fussy eater. Lola will not eat peas, carrots, potatoes, cauliflower, cabbage baked beans , mushrooms spaghetti, bananas, oranges, apples, rice, cheese or fishsticks. Lola will absolutely not eat tomatoes. Charlie has quite an imagination. He tells Lola that the carrots are orange twiglets from Jupiter. He says the peas are green drops from Greenland. He states that the potato is a cloud fluff from Mount Fuji, etc. All the while, Lola believes him and of course eats everything she said she wouldn’t. In the end, Lola ask Charlie to pass her something. Charlie says, “These?” Lola says, “Yes Charlie, they are moonsquirters, and they are my favorite. You didn’t think they were tomatoes, did you Charlie?”
This book is for readers between the ages of 4-8 years old. This story can be grouped with others about picky eaters, imagination, food, problem solving and siblings. The story’s turn around ending will surprise its readers. This book is one of several Charlie and Lola series. It is the winner of a Kate Greenaway Medal as well as an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Seal Award.
It is a book that can be used when teaching connections, and it lends itself well for young readers who like to role play the characters in the story.
By: Dorothy Eden