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It's time for lunch, and one little mouse is famished! In fact, he's so hungry that once he starts eating, he can't stop. He sinks his teeth into a crisp white turnip, gobbles up some orange carrots, devours an ear of yellow corn, then tosses back some tender green peas. He's full, but this mouse keeps on munching until his bulging belly won't hold another bite.

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 1992 by Henry Holt and Company
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Feb 22, 2017 Jill rated it really liked it
Super cute book, good for toddlers and preschoolers alike. Fun to turn into a "flannel board"--hold a little mouse and slide all the felt food over your arm while telling the story.
Sep 16, 2013 Anna rated it liked it
Lunch by Denise Fleming | 1992
genre: concept, fiction
format: picture book
plot summary: A very hungry mouse eats a large lunch comprised of colorful foods.
red flags: none
selection source: Horn Book Magazine
recommended age: toddler, 2-3
Jun 17, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
Not even a level one reading-wise, but the colorful pictures might keep your preschoolers interested. It didn't mine.
Leslie Stair
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Mouse template can be found here,

I read Lunch! by Fleming during our class and included ASL baby signs that were food related (a few foods and signs like; more, eat, drink, all done, etc.) I also brought a few felt pieces of food items to put up on my felt board for babies to handle after and to see during storytime. I brought my mouse puppet as well and after the story I put pieces of felt (large
Jul 21, 2011 David rated it it was amazing
Lunch by Denise Fleming is a tale of a famished mouse who can't seem to stop eating. At first it seems this will be a story along the lines of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, but it shifts into something more like Templeton the rat from Charlotte's Web. The bulging stomach of mouse also reminds me a bit of the cat from The Fat Cat.

The simple narrative takes readers and listeners through a review of colors and healthy food (although perhaps not healthy in the vast quantities that mouse inhales). Fle
Amie Floersheim
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This is a book about a mouse who is so hungry that he decides to eat everything he can find. He eats a turnip, a carrot, corn, peas, blueberries, grapes, an apple, and a watermelon. The book has beautiful full page illustrations of the fruits and the mouse eating each one. At the end, the mouse takes a nap and when he wakes up it is dinnertime.
• Identify the characteristics from the text that support the specific genre (What makes it traditional literature? What makes it his
Feb 02, 2014 Jenny rated it it was ok
Shelves: concept-book
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Renee Clark
Jan 29, 2015 Renee Clark rated it liked it
Shelves: concept-book
This book is about a hungry mouse. He eats a turnip, a carrot, corn, peas, berries, grapes, apples, and watermelon. He ends up taking a nap and then wakes up for dinner.

I think that Fleming did a good job to incorporate vegetables, fruits, and their colors in the book. I also like how she allows the reader to guess what's coming next by making you turn the page before the reader knows what the next bite of food the mouse will have. I also like how the mouse eats healthy things because that send
Hannah Rich
Feb 04, 2014 Hannah Rich rated it it was ok
Just from the title [Lunch], I knew this picture book would have various illustrations of different foods, but I didn't know what type of concept the foods would be related to. When you first open the book, Denise Fleming [the author] describes to how hungry this little mouse is right around lunch time. As the mouse begins to eat, he notices that he cannot stop and is eating everything in sight! This book is a great way for children to learn basic colors, because as the mouse eats a piece of foo ...more
Jan 30, 2013 B rated it really liked it
Shelves: concept-books
The cleverness of using a mouse to introduce the relationship between colors and the food that share that hue in Fleming’s Lunch is great. I enjoyed the page turning anticipation to see what food mouse would devour next. I had fun guessing and using the context clues in the brightly, however hastily colored illustrations. The illustrations were good in that there was little or no white space and the print was large and bold for easy reading, they lacked detail and clarity. Since I have been expo ...more
Very cute. At first it seemed it was more of a "Hungry Caterpillar" premise and I focused more on the pictures. ("Created in handmade paper." As I have made paper before, this impressed me even more that she created such fun, colorful illustrations with it.) Then I reached the end and what a laugh. That last two pages made the whole book great.

3/18/10 The Tuesday group was all right with this, but I read it better for the Thursday group and it came off better then.

3/25/10 Both groups loved the i
Jessica Hughes
Sep 20, 2016 Jessica Hughes rated it really liked it
Concept: Lunch tells the story of a hungry mouse who eats all kinds of colorful fruits and vegetables for his huge lunch. This is a perfect example of a simple concept book that can teach young children all about healthy fruits and vegetables, as well as colors. The book uses "page turner" phrases such as "crisp white - turnip" and " tasty orange - carrots" that make the reader guess what kind of food the mouse is eating next before they see it on the next page (pg. 3-7). There are partial pictu ...more
Kaitlyn Skovran
Sep 19, 2014 Kaitlyn Skovran rated it liked it
Shelves: concept-book
Lunch was a very short, educational book about veggies,fruits, color and lunch. The book starts with the main character, a mouse, looking for some lunch, because he is very,very hungry. The mouse takes you through the book, describing very simply what he will be eating next. I liked this book because it not only helped the child reading it colors, but also taught them about vegetables and fruits. "The sour, purple grapes." "The bright, orange carrots." I also thought it was nice how they used de ...more
Feb 01, 2015 JUNE BENGOETXEA rated it liked it
Shelves: concept-books
This concept picture book is written and illustrated by Denise Fleming. Lunch is a short, educational book about fruits, vegetables and colors. The book starts with the main character, a mouse, looking for some lunch, because he is very hungry. The mouse take readers throw the book, describing very simply what he will be eating next.

In this book images and text are equal and both are necessary to follow the story. I dont like too much the pictures, because some of the vegetables and fruits are
Megan Compton
"Lunch" by Denise Fleming is an excellent children's book about an adorable mouse who is so hungry he eats numerous, colorful fruits and vegetables (turnip, orange, peas, carrots, watermelon, and corn to name a few) for lunch until he is so full, he can hardly eat another bite. But he continues to eat.

I really enjoyed this concept book. It teaches children a valuable lesson in healthy eating habits. The illustrations in this book are very colorful and child-friendly, as well. They contribute to
Lucy Meadors
This concept book written by Denise Fleming is a fantastic book to very young children about the importance of eating a healthy lunch. The main character, Mouse, can't stop eating. The narrative takes the reader through a variety of colors and healthy food. The colors are quite bold and the print is large. This makes it easy for young children to follow along. The story is easy to follow yet the adjectives are extremely descriptive. That is my only concern that young children may not understand ...more
Margaret Henderson
Feb 05, 2014 Margaret Henderson rated it it was ok
Shelves: concept-book
Denise Fleming does a nice job corresponding food and their colors. The vibrant illustrations make this read fun and exciting. The 'guessing game' makes it fun for the reader and helps children understand which foods go with which color. The mouse does a good job teaching children about their fruits and vegetables. Also a great way to introduce adjectives which help to describe the look or taste of each food, it could very well be used in a language arts lesson. The very basic storyline makes it ...more
Victoria Long
Feb 04, 2014 Victoria Long rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Denise Fleming has done a great job to incorporate learning about vegetables and colors in one fun book. I like that you must turn the page before you know what the next bite will be for the mouse. This could be a fun guessing game for children. It is great that the mouse is eating healthy and I love that after each food the color remains on his fur. The illustrations are very simple and have fuzzy outlines, but the vivid colors are the best part. The adjectives are so strong and tie together we ...more
Mar 13, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The book not only teaches color, but kids can also learn about the topic of food as well. I also liked how on each page the description of the vegetable/fruit and its color is given, and on the following page the vegetable is revealed. This allows kids to play along and guess what kind of vegetable/fruit is being described. Kids also learn that blue berries are tart, grapes are sour, watermelons are juicy and other characteristics common to the vegetable/fruit. Using a hungry mouse is also a goo ...more
Mar 23, 2009 Julie rated it it was amazing
In Lunch, we find a hungry little mouse with a mighty appetite. The story contains full-page illustrations. Bold colors and large print take us through his gastronomic trip to satisfy his hunger. The smorgasbord of fruits and vegetables that the mouse eats introduce concepts of colors and tastes in foods to the young reader. The text is simple and easy to follow, while being descriptive enough of the actions illustrated on the pages. The introduction of each vegetable and fruit takes place on th ...more
Ashley M.
Nov 27, 2012 Ashley M. rated it liked it
This story is a colorful and has big illustrations that bring the foods right off the page for children to enjoy. The facts and information are easy to understand and deal with the more visual part of the food. The Mouse eats his way through a variety of foods while they learn a little by through the story.

This book is a fun way to share with children the importance of eating a healthy lunch. During a center have plates with sections and labels and or pictures to indicate the type of foods need
Lindsay Wallace
Sep 12, 2012 Lindsay Wallace rated it it was ok
Denise Fleming's "Lunch" tells the tale of a hungry little mouse who sets out to devour everything but the kitchen sink. This is a cute book with a storyline that allows for multiple uses in the elementary school classroom. The use of color words would be beneficial for early kindergarteners. The fact that the pages leave room for prediction make this book a good read for older children learning about prediction and inference. I would recommend this story to any pre-k student, or any elementary ...more
Sep 08, 2009 Kim rated it did not like it
I had been reading about Denise Fleming's art - she works with pigmented paper pulp, creating pages/sheets that have the imagery imbedded into the fibers of the paper. I was hoping the reproductions would provide more visual clues to her process, but was disappointed to see that they look much like collage might. Guess I was disappointed in that regard, expecting something else altogether. The book itself is a nice primer on colors, though, and should be visually stimulating for younger toddlers ...more
Feb 04, 2017 Emma rated it liked it
Shelves: storytime, josie-read
Josie x 3
Sep 25, 2013 Peanut rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, read-aloud, food
MOMMY: We received this through Kaiser at one of his check-ups early on. I thought he would like it but didn't anticipate how much. I love the introduction of different foods and colors as I am always trying to introduce him to knew healthy snacks. Cute ending to the story.

PEANUT: He loves this book. We recently pulled it back out and read it so much that he can now flip though it and "read" it to us.
May 15, 2014 Kelsey rated it it was amazing
A very hungry mouses dashes across the kitchen table and eats all kinds of food. Each food item is displayed in proportion to tiny mouse, which create bright colorful illustrations. Each food is described using a taste adjective and color, which makes the book appropriate for teaching vocabulary. The simple story and colorful illustrations will delight children as they try to guess what food mouse will be eating next.
May 08, 2015 Frances rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This book is great for teaching fruits and vegetables. It is about a mouse that is very hungry. It eats a colorful lunch of vegetables and fruits such as a white turnip, orange carrots, yellow corn, and a slice of watermelon. Each page leaves a part of the food for the child to guess what it is. It is a great way to teach colors and vegetables and fruits. It is good for preschoolers and toddlers.
Jane Njoroge
Mar 02, 2016 Jane Njoroge rated it it was amazing
Shelves: peer-review
by Denise Fleming
The book is age appropriate and involvingIt's time for lunch, and one little mouse is famished! In fact, he's so hungry that once he starts eating, he can't stop. He sinks his teeth into a crisp white turnip, gobbles up some orange carrots, devours an ear of yellow corn, then tosses back some tender green peas. He's full, but this mouse keeps on munching until his bulging belly won't hold another bite.
Gordon Pennington
Nov 27, 2011 Gordon Pennington rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Lunch is a fun little book concerning a mouse eating everything he can get his hands on. The illustrations have a lot of texture to them, making them interesting for children. At the end of the book, the mouse gets grotesquely fat, which can be used as a tool to help teach children moderation. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it for any classroom.
Oct 22, 2012 babyhippoface rated it really liked it
Little mouse eats his way through a rainbow of foods. Illustrations are colorful, big, and bold. Text is simple enough for beginning readers since the illustrations provide context for more difficult words. Kids love the large splashes of color and large text. Cute for learning colors and healthy foods.
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Denise Fleming has written and illustrated many children’s picture books, including In the Tall, Tall Grass, Shout! Shout It Out!, and Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy. She won a Caldecott Honor for In the Small, Small Pond. Denise creates her colorful illustrations by pouring colored paper pulp through hand-cut stencils. She lives in Toledo, Ohio.
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