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

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  5,099 ratings  ·  227 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
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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
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 :-)
Anna [Floanne]
Charlie e Lola sono in assoluto tra i miei protagonisti preferiti di libri per l'infanzia. Qualche anno fa su Sky trasmettevano anche la serie a cartoni animati di questa divertente coppia di fratellini. In questo primo episodio delle loro avventure, Charlie ha il compito di preparare la cena a Lola, che però, come la stragrande maggioranza dei bimbi della sua età, a tavola ama fare i capricci soprattutto quando si tratta di assaggiare le verdure. Riuscirà Charlie a convincerla ad assaggiare i t ...more
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
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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
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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.
Caitlyn LeBeau
In "I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato" by Lauren Child, there are two main characters, an older brother Charlie and his younger sister Lola. Charlie has to feed Lola but it is very challenging because she is a picky eater. She lists tons of foods that she does not eat including carrots, peas, potatoes, fish sticks, and most of all, tomatoes. Lola sees a carrot on the table and Charlie begins to say it is not a carrot but rather 'orange twiglets' from Jupiter. Lola figures since it is all the wa ...more
Bonnie
I Will Not Ever Never at a Tomato.
Author and Illustrator: Lauren Child
Reading Age: 0-5 year olds

School dinner ladies have a tough job trying to get children enjoying their school dinners these days. Children are the fussiest eaters, and with stricter food regulations in schools for healthy nutritious lunches, fussy eaters are at their fussiest. The School Food Plans maintains that lunches should include least one portion of vegetables or salad every day and one portion of fruit, no extra salt an
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Isa
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato is about Lola and Charlie. Lola is a very fussy eater and will not try new foods, especially tomatoes. Charlie, Lola’s older sister tricks Lola into eating all the different foods. Charlie does this by saying the foods are from different areas like Jupiter and Greenland. This book is written with different sized fonts and different textures and pictures, which makes the book fun and interesting for children.

The themes in this book are food and nutrition.

A way a
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Charlie
This book is about a girl named Lola who will NEVER eat a tomato. Wanna bet?

First of all, she is SO picky. She won't touch stuff unless her brother makes up a story saying it comes from something she likes. But not tomatoes. Maybe we should give this book to her. All About Tomatoes It only makes sense.

Read this: I Will Never, NOT EVER eat a tomato. We wanna play that way huh?

Let me add my personal thinking. This book was pretty good. The fact that one girl is that fussy over a tomato is
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June
Nov 14, 2014 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! 11/19/13

Used in PJ Story Time. Everyone seems to enjoy Lola and Charlie.

Used with a first grade class. (requested)

Used with PreK and K in outreach.
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
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.
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
Patricia Aswini
'I will never not ever eat a Tomato' tells a story about Lola who is a very fussy eater and the amusing attempts of her big brother Charlie who makes up stories to get her to eat certain foods.
He makes up different names to trick her into eating- for example, he calls mashed potato, 'cloud fluff'. Lola eventually tries 'moonsquirters' which are actually tomatoes!

This is a great book for children in early years and year 1 & 2 as this is the age that children become particularly fussy eaters.
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Farzana Khanam
This is a book that is written from the point of the character Charlie, who has responsibility of looking after his little sister. This very much links to children’s daily lives of having older siblings that may look after them or them being in Charlie’s shoes and looking after their siblings. Charlie is facing a challenge where he is trying to get Lola to eat her dinner and because Lola is a very fussy eater she refuses to eat her tomatoes; which is why Charlie uses his imagination to name the ...more
Olubukola Apoeso
I will ever never eat a tomato.
This children’s literature is very imaginative, full of pictorials and visuals, and educative.Children between the ages of 3-9 will benefit immensely from this book. The theme of this book is about Lola who is a picky eater, who would not like to eat any food especially healthy ones. Her Brother plays a game on her and makes her enjoy mealtimes.
It is a very educative because it teaches children different classes and types of foods especially vegetables. Children wi
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Lindsi
This book is about a little girl, Lola, and her older brother, Charlie. Lola is a picky eater and says she will never eat certain things, especially tomatoes. Charlie has an idea, and convinces her to eat some of the things she said she wouldn’t by using his imagination to create new names and origins of the different foods. There are orange twiglets (carrots), green drops (peas), cloud fluff (mashed potatoes), ocean nibbles (fish sticks), and finally Lola asks Charlie to pass her a bowl at the ...more
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
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