Mary Ann Hoberman has published more than twenty books for children, including the American Book Award winner A House is a House for Me, illustrated by Betty Fraser. She and her husband live in Greenwich, CT. MARLA FRAZEE has illustrated many acclaimed picture books, some of which she also wrote. Her picture book A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever was named a Caldecott Honor Book. She is also the author and illustrator of Walk On! A Guide for Babies of All Ages; Santa Claus, the World's Number One Toy Expert; Roller Coaster; and Hush, Little Baby. She is the illustrator of Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers, The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman, Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild by Mem Fox, and more. Marla Frazee lives in Pasadena, California. Visit her website at www.marlafrazee.com.
PreS-Gr 3-Mrs. Peters' chaotic family of seven children is a silly bunch of picky eaters. As each child is born, Mrs. Peters gets more and more frazzled trying to please them. This humorous rhyming story written by Mary Ann Hoberman and illustrated by Marla Frazee (Harcourt, 1997) is read by the author and translates seamlessly to an iconographic presentation, enhanced by kitchen sounds and a musical background. The illustrations are energetic and offer wonderfully realistic facial expression for the children. Each child eats only one kind of food-warm milk, pink lemonade, applesauce, strained oatmeal, soft and squishy homemade bread, eggs-which Mom prepares for each of them every day. On her birthday, they try to make their mom "A breakfast made of all the foods that kept them in such happy moods." But when the kids realize they don't know how to cook, they try to hide the mess from their mother by storing it in the still-warm oven. The dilemma resolves itself as each of their food choices becomes an ingredient in "a birthday cake all pink and plump." Elementary audiences will delight in the rhythm of the text and the feel-good story. A wonderful choice for units on nutrition and sibling relationships-or just for fun.-Marilyn Hersh, Hillside Elementary School, Farmington Hills, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.