I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato
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I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato (Charlie & Lola)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  4,082 ratings  ·  207 reviews
The critically acclaimed Charlie and Lola books -- now an animated series on television!

Lola is a fussy eater. A very fussy eater. She won’t eat her carrots (until her brother Charlie reveals that they’re orange twiglets from Jupiter). She won’t eat her mashed potatoes (until Charlie explains that they’re cloud fluff from the pointiest peak of Mount Fuji). There are many...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 15th 2003 by Candlewick Press (first published January 1st 2000)
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Teri
Jul 03, 2008 Teri rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: kids
These Charlie and Lola books can be very entertaining reading outloud with a British accent!
Everytime I brought a Chalriel and Lola book to read to my Daughters class they all whooped with delight and INSISTED I read like Charlie and Lola once they heard me do it with an accent!
Fun for us all!
Ch_beth Rice
I will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child is told from Charlie's point of view. There are nights when it is his job to give his sister Lola her dinner. This can be a challenge as Lola is a fussy eater. Charlie comes up with a way to call the foods she doesn't like different things; mashed potato becomes cloud fluff, peas are green drops from Greenland etc. Eventually, Lola tries the foods and even tries a tomato but of course it's not a tomato, it's a moonsquirter. This is a great book...more
Orla Byrne
This is a nice book in which fussy eater Lola is tricked into eating various different foods by her older brother Charlie who is often given the task of serving Lola's dinner. Lola insists that she 'will never not ever eat a tomato' along with many other vegetables but when Charlie gives these foods new names and says they are from exotic places such as planet Pluto...well Lola just can't resist! This book provides a link with the topic of healthy eating and children can be encouraged to reflect...more
Cheryl in CC NV
I love the Charlie & Lola books. Lola is such a lucky girl to have this wonderful big brother. Sometimes, though, I wonder if she's going to be as difficult & almost spoiled when she gets older, and I feel thankful she's not my child.

This is my first time with this particular one. Thanks Jennifer (in the Children's Books group) for confirming that Lola was playing Charlie's game with him - I couldn't tell for sure if she understood all along, or only figured it out near the end.
Cami
I am absolutely enchanted by Lauren Child's Charlie and Lola books. They are A-DOR-A-BLE!
It's so cute to see a slightly exasperated brother try to show his little sis the way to navigate the world. It's obvious that he loves her and would probably rope the moon for if she asked in her overly adverbed way of talking.

This particular book is about Charlie trying convince Lola to eat something that's good for her, but she's not sure about.
Lee Ann
Max got this book for the holiday's from his Aunt Karen, and this spring it has become one of his favorites. It is a sweet story of a little Lola who is quite a picky eater and her brother's clever trickery to get her to eat...but who really has the last laugh...you will have to read. One more thing...it must be read in a British accent :-)
Jordan Caton
I Will Never NOT Ever Eat a Tomato would be a perfect read aloud. I loved loved loved this book! It fits all of the main criteria a read aloud should have. It would be in the appropriate time limit, the pictures are fun to look at and they are big and colorful. This is a story about a little picky eater named Lola. Her older brother gets her to eat different things Lola said she doesn't eat by making up what they "really are." For example, peas are not peas. They are "green drops from Greenland....more
Jaide Simran
'I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato' by Lauren Child is a very imaginative and witty childrens book about two siblings who share a dialoge about food. Lola is what we call a 'fussy' eater and seems not to like any vegetable the exists, until her brother Charlie persuades her. He imaginatively lurs her into believing that carrots are not carrots but twiglets from Jupiter, that peas are not peas but greendrops from Greenland, that potatoes are not potatoes but cloud fluff, etc. In the end, Lola su...more
Nafis
Having recently read this book to a class of young school children, I was amazed at how popular the Charlie and Lola series is. This book in particular is very engaging for children especially the use of illustration which is somewhat familiar to the art style used in certain Roald Dahl books. The story is about Charlie who is attempting to feed his younger sister Lola, her dinner. However Lola is a very “fussy eater” and does not eat a lot of food that is on the menu. Charlie decides to trick h...more
Angela O'donnell
Lauren Child has gotten it right when it comes to healthy eating with this lovely story. Lola refuses to eat anything healthy, she especially hates tomatoes! Her big brother Charlie, plays a trick on her and tells her that each of the different foods, have a new name and a story behind them. That potato mash is no longer just mash, its actually cloud-fluff from Mount Fiji! Can you believe it?? Lola does, and she is eager to try out these amazing foods. Between orange twiglets that come from Jupi...more
Ece
This was a book I read to my reception class during SBT1. They absolutely loved it! I think it is a really imaginative and fun way to engage children in healthy eating. Lauren Child has successfully identified the typical food items children seem to constantly find excuses not to eat. She converts Lola, 'the fussy eater' to a healthy eater. The language is easy to model to children and they are able to pick up Lola's new and improved eating habits.
The colourful illustrations and short sentences...more
Nazrul
Most people I know are fussy eaters and NO-ONE likes their vegetables! (well almost no-one) and Lola is no exception! She does not want to eat her vegetables but her brother Charlie cleverly thinks of new names for her vegetables and stories behind them to entice her to eat them; which she does.

Again this was an excellent read to the children. There is an important message here that we need to eat our vegetables to stay healthy and it is imperative that as teachers we highlight the significance...more
Julia Stevens
I love to read this story before lunch time and rename with student input, everything we are having that day with something silly. This is a great book to read for picky eaters as well and I think it has more influence because Charlie and Lola are well known characters.
Courtney Gregory
I Will Never Not Ever Eat A Tomato is written by Laura Child. It is a book about a girl and her little sister Lilly who will not eat anything healthy. Lilly states every time her sister tries to feed her something that she will never eat carrots, peas, potatoes, oranges, apples, and especially not tomatoes. Lilly’s older sister has an idea though, she renames all of the foods Lilly won’t eat. “Those aren’t peas! Those are green rain drops all the way from Greenland!” Lilly then tries them and li...more
Sonia
This book is about a little girl called Lola who is very fussy about what she eats. Her older brother is on a mission to get her to eat her dinner, which she refuses, so Charlie, her brother, creates new names and inventions that are creative and innovative about the foods she does not like. For example, green drops from Greenland. This an extremely greatly illustrated book which engages children in with the story and the concept of healthy eating. The colourful illustrations and the creatively...more
June
Nov 19, 2013 June rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: librarians, parents & teachers
I really enjoy the imagination of renaming food. 11/28/13

I was a little worried about using this with my young story time crowd, but Charlie and Lola were able to keep my antsy toddlers attention. One mother who had a baby and had to leave early had to pick up her toddler and carry her out. She didn't want to leave!
Huda
Nov 11, 2008 Huda rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Moms and Dads
Shelves: en-pic-books
This one could be so helpful; I liked the book's idea. Children keep surpriseing us with their responds; one of my relatives started eating tomatoes after hearing a kids song!!
Becca
Cute...but I think I would be even less able to convince Sara to eat a tomato if I called it a moonsquirter...
Luthfayah
This is a great story that is linked to the television series- Charlie and Lola. This story is about Lola who will not eat her vegetables until her older sister Charlie who gives her dinner in the evening, uses her imagination to encourage fussy eater Lola to eat her Vegetables. Charlie refers to carrots as Orange twiglets from Jupiter and her mashed potatoes where cloud fluff! Very funny and entertaining for children to listen to. Finally Charlie got Lola to eat all of her vegetables including...more
Jen
It's all about attitude!
Mugdha
Apr 18, 2008 Mugdha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
this is such a cute story!!!
Jodie
I absolutely love this book! It is based upon a little girl- Lola and her brother-Charlie. Lola is a fussy eater and Charlie has been left to cook Lola dinner. She refuses to eat any vegetables and therefore Charlie changes each vegetable into something else to try and encourage Lola to eat healthily. This book is engaging and can be related to a lot of young children who are fussy eaters. It uses persuasive language throughout and can help to encourage children to use their imagination and try...more
Dolly
Jan 04, 2009 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Our girls just adore the "Charlie and Lola" show on tv and they begged to read this story. Lola is a picky eater and Charlie, tasked with the enormous job of feeding her dinner, comes up with a creative way to trick her into trying new foods. She eats up all her veggies, as long as he calls them something exotic. Moonsquirters are much more exciting to eat than mere tomatoes. We enjoyed reading this book and will certainly look for more Charlie and Lola books at our local library.

This story was...more
Erica Rhodes
I picked this book up at the library on a whim because I thought my son would find it cute. His older brother is a picky eater. While he thought it was a cute story, I kind of expected a little more out of it, which was probably my mistake. I'm an adult and I like my kids' books to have a little bit of meat and substance.

Anyhow, it makes things out to seem, well, so much more simplistic than they really are! If only it were that easy to get a kid to sleep! And my kids had to wonder why Charlie i...more
Heidi
I think this is my first Charlie and Lola book. It really made me smile. I enjoyed it. I liked seeing the imagination of what they would call the different food. And, of course, I liked seeing Lola trying the food (and liking it!). I thought the pictures and text style were rather fun, too.

6/29/10 & 7/1/10 This worked well in storytime. The children had fun seeing the foods familiar to them be "changed" to something else. Some of the parents commented on how they enjoyed the book. A success...more
CH - Marvin Childress
Author/Illustrated: Lauren Child; (Print;) Grade: K-3;
This book is another gem by Child. It follows Charlie and his little sister Lola, who refuses to eat anything, particularly a tomato. Charlie is roughly 11 and Lola 6 or 7. Charlie decides to convince Lola that everything she hates to eat is actually something with a different name...a la, a rose by any other name is still a rose. Lola discovers that she enjoys these foods, in particular, moonsquirters (tomato,) her favorite.

This is a cool b...more
Jordan Bramblett
I really enjoyed this book!Children who are picky eaters may enjoy this book too. It has a really good story about eating your vegetables, which is important for children's growth and nutritional health. Little sister Lola will not eat any vegetables and big sister Charlie comes up with a very creative way to get her little sister to eat her vegetables. She comes up with these crazy stories about how vegetables aren't really vegetables. Those who have a good imagination will really enjoy this bo...more
Crystal Allen
Lauren Child is one of my favorite current children's writers and illustrators. Before I had my daughter I hoped that I would have a little girl who was just like Lola with a bit of Charlie thrown in. Oh did I ever end up with a Lola and let me tell you she gets a kick out of this book.

My daughter is a fussy eater just like Lola. I was so hopeful that if Lola came to love her vegetables so would Bella. After reading this book to her I asked if she would like to try a moon squirter (tomato) fresh...more
Laura Graves
Charlie's sister, Lola, is a picky eater. He decides to trick her into eating all the food she "doesn't like" by telling her they're something else (peas are green drops from Greenland) This one was good, but not a favorite. I'm not usually a fan of messy child-like illustrations. The idea was good though. I was a picky eater as a child, but I would have killed brother if he tried that crap on me. I can still say that I will never eat a tomato because they're disgusting. That goes for carrots an...more
Jennifer
I will definitely be checking out more Charlie and Lola books. I liked, but didn't love, this book on the first read, but liked it more and more on subsequent readings. I like the collage artwork (executed better on some pages than others). I enjoy the language used to describe most of the icky foods (some descriptions are better than others); my favorite is the first one, "orange twiglets from Jupiter." And I like that Lola turns out to be in on Charlie's "trick" to get her to eat. I am looking...more
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