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The Seven Silly Eaters

4.43 of 5 stars 4.43  ·  rating details  ·  1,658 ratings  ·  268 reviews
Peter wants only milk, Lucy won't settle for anything but homemade lemonade, and Jack is stuck on applesauce. Each new addition to the Peters household brings a new demand for a special meal.
What's a mother to do? Even though Mrs. Peters picks, peels, strains, scrapes, poaches, fries, and kneads, the requests for special foods keep coming. It isn't until her birthday arri
Paperback, 38 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Voyager Books (first published February 1st 1997)
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Now a few years ago, a couple of my book friends had recommended me this cute children’s book called “The Seven Silly Eaters” by Mary Ann Hoberman along with illustrations by Marla Frazee, to read. But I was never able to get around to reading this book until just recently and now I wish that I had actually read this book many years ago!

When Mr. and Mrs. Peters had a son named Peter, their lives were perfect except for one thing…Peter was an extremely picky eater as he would only drink warm milk
Five stars thanks to Marla Frazee's illustrations. I loved her work in All the World and am now a devoted fan. Her illustrations of family life just make me feel so happy! I am at once flooded with sweet memories of my own childhood and full of dreams for when I have kids of my own. She creates families and home-life that I can totally relate to! Not a neat-as-a-pin house, but one full of character with happy messes and signs of hobbies and work and love and life all over the place. In my opinio ...more
Lisa Vegan
Growing up a lonely only child, with no pets, and no gorgeous house by a lake, I’d have eaten up this book as a kid. I loved it now too. The story a lot of fun. The illustrations are outstanding, really wonderful!

Every illustration is so intricate and there is so much to look at. This growing family of a mother, a father, and seven children, the youngest two twins, and their dog, their cats, and every detailed thing and activity going on in that house, well those illustrations could keep a reade
One of my very favorite children's books EVER! Love everything about it!!
My daughter loves this book, so I've read it about a hundred times. It is funny, it has great illustrations, but I can only give it three stars because I feel like it sets a bad tone for motherhood. She has seven children, all picky, and she does ALL the work. They show the husband in the background reading a book and otherwise having time to enjoy his children, while she slaves away in the kitchen for her picky children. I guess in this way, it is a good lesson on feminism, because these are th ...more
Crystal Marcos
This book was a recommendation to me. Thank you! The first thing I noticed when I saw the cover was how colorful, fun, and expressive it was. I had a feeling before I opened it that I was going to love it. My feeling was right. I found myself spending time looking at every detail of each page. My daughter was never picky until she reached one. For the past month, she lets me know when she doesn't like something. This fact has made me appreciate this book more. It is a story about what a mother g ...more
Brenda Engelhardt
I've read this picture book so many times and I still love how I feel when its finished. A mom and dad start their lives playing the cello and baking their own bread from sratch. But baby after baby with unique food demands come along. One eats eggs, another only lemonade while one must have homemade applesauce, and so on. Mother is a constant whirl of action trying to please her picky eaters Finally one exhausted evening mom carries herself to bed. It is the day before her birthday but she has ...more
Ashlee Draper Galyean
If your children are picky eaters, just give them cake ;)
I have never rated or reviewed this book?!? Madness! This is a often-read, well-loved favorite at our house. I was introduced to this book in a college children's lit class and fell in love with the entire package.

The writing, in verse, is witty, relatable and humorous. The illustrations are sublime and a perfect accompaniment to the book. The illustrations enhance the verse and the verse improves the illustration. I can't think of a collaboration of talent I enjoy more than that between Mary An
Peter was a perfect son in every way except one. When he was little he did not like his milk cold or warm. He liked it just warm. When he spilled his milk his mother didn’t get mad she would just go along with her little boy. Then Mrs. Peter had a little girl named Lucy. She hated milk cold, hot and warm. All she wanted was homemade lemonade. Mrs. Peter did not mind she would squeeze the lemons. She thought it was funny how they were such silly eaters. Then she has another little boy Jack who on ...more
Hope Gockenbach
The seven silly eaters is a cute, rhyming book about a family of picky eaters. Each child will only eat a certain thing, prepared a certain way. The mother gets exhausted trying to feed each child what they will eat. But she is a sweet person, who wants to make her children happy, and so she continues to slave away making food for her darling children. Eventually, her birthday comes around, and her children want to do something special for her. They get up in the middle of the night and each sta ...more
This book is THE BEST! Read it with all my kids for many years--we even made a recipe for Mrs. Peter's birthday cake and did a library story hour in our town about this book. The prose and poetry rhythm of this amusing story will keep young and old entertained to the end.

When starry-eyed Mr. and Mrs. Peters discover the "persnickety" tastes of their first-born they are amused. Six MORE children and six MORE very picky eaters turn their amusement to exhaustion, until a series of very fortunate e
Maya Watts
This is a cumulative story about a family of picky eaters. The mother has to make more and more accommodations for all seven children she had. As she has more children, the things she has to do to make sure they will get more and more complicated. The children try to thank their mother for her kindness by making her a big breakfast. In the process, they just make a huge mess in the kitchen. Eventually they make a cake with the ingredients from all their favorite things.
The illustrations are mos
The moral of the story: don't have seven kids. Or, don't indulge their picky eating too much. Or, seven separate things - good in their own individual rights - can come together to create something fun and exciting and great (there's the argument for having seven kids).
Sep 15, 2007 Joanna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Marla Frazee's illustrations bring the rhyming verse of Mary Ann Hoberman to life. This is an adorable story of a sprawling happy family with VERY picky eaters for children. We love this read aloud!
I think I liked this rhyming book even more than my boys (ages 5 & 9). It does a great job of describing what it's like to be the mother of picky eaters!

Thanks to Niamh and Molly for this treat---we're now wondering if the recipe for pink lemonade cake is actual or myth. tbd.
This book is about a little boy who tries to make a gingerbread man. When he peeks in the oven, when he’s not supposed to, a gingerbread baby pops out and starts running away. Pretty soon everyone is trying to catch him including the animals. While everyone is chasing the gingerbread baby, the little boy is cooking up a plan to catch him. Finally, his plan is ready and he sets a gingerbread house outside where the gingerbread baby will smell it. He does and heads straight inside, and the little ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Combine this with Mrs. Pig's Bulk Buy by Mary Rayner.
Emma Wilde
I remember my mother reading this book to me over and over when my brothers and I were children. It's a great little tale of a mother who has seven children that all have very particular tastes about certain things. At the end the children realize how much their mom has done for them, and work together to bake her a birthday cake. It teaches kids that it is important to respect your parents, and acknowledge how much they do for you. Another great thing is that this book rhymes so it makes it goo ...more
LOVED the pictures:)
A favorite at our house.
Laura Gibbs
I have to admit that at first glance, I didn’t think I would like this book but it turned out to be a lot cuter than I thought it would! The book rhymes-which is awesome-and it starts out with a mother who has a baby named Peter who will only drink milk, and it has to be at a certain temperature. It has to be lukewarm. Mrs. Peters didn’t mind fixing his milk this way, and even if he spilled it she would make him some more. The process continues with all of the six other kids she has—one will on ...more
Chrissy Stoll
What a great read-aloud book! My kids (ages 3 & 5) absolutely love it. The cadence of the verses and the cute rhymes make it fun for me to read to them. The pictures are fantastic as well.
Most mothers of multiple children, especially picky eaters, can relate to this story, but it's told in a way that everyone in our family enjoys. It even made me a little choked up the first time I read it. I know, I know, it's a children's book, but it's a sweet story and I'm a sap. ;)

One tiny thing I was
Christy Paul
This is a really cute story with a sweet (literally) ending. As the name suggests, it is about a family with seven kids, all of whom are picky eaters. They all like one particular thing, so the mom has to make all those meals every day for her kids. It's a funny story, but it also shows how hard mothers work and how much they love their kids.
Also, I really like children's books that rhyme, so that made this book even better to me.
Just discovered, lent from a friend, a terrific picture book illustrated with all the humor pictures can hold by Marla Frazee, and a hilarious rhyming story of a family who keeps adding children who happen to be picky eaters. I began to feel a lot of sympathy for the mom, especially working so hard to please her kids. But it did all come out beautifully- will be a fun read aloud for young children.
Vicki Kier
Hoberman uses rhyming couplets to tell the story of Mrs. Peters, a kind-hearted mother who indulges her growing family by preparing individual favorites for meals. Although Hoberman's voice is fine for read-alouds, the length of the text would be exhausting (even for those in grades K-1), were it not for Marla Frazee's brilliantly engaging illustrations. Discerning readers will appreciate the artist's attention to supporting details not explicitly mentioned by the author: Mr. Peters; Mrs. Peter' ...more
Amy Holt
I absolutely love this story! I also enjoy the rhythm of the words. The story itself is a poem of sorts but it certainly doesn't read like a poem until you want to count the fact that there is a wonder flow to the way the words sound coming out of your mouth.

So many young kids go through those times when they think "I'll only eat (fill in the blank)." What a great way to bring up the subject in a fun whimsical way.

The illustrations in this story are tops. I doubt I could say enough good things
Amanda Funnell
I loved this book! About a family, it gives a peek into the craziness of what happens when we all demand to have our way. And yet, how patient our parents can be in serving us.
This book was recommended by a friend who is the oldest in a family of eight kids ranging from 6 to 20. This is one of their family's favorite books to read aloud.
Clarah Camp
The Seven Silly Eaters is one of my favorite childhood picture books. It was so fun to read and very relatable to me at the time I was reading it. Growing up in a family of seven it helps you realize that every large family is slightly crazy in their own way. This would be a fun read if you are the mother of a large family. It is entertaining for the kids and if you want you can even make an activity out of it and make the cake along with the kids. It is an amazing book for all ages because it r ...more
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Work with her local Connecticut chapter of the Literacy Volunteers of America inspired her to create this series of books to encourage reading. She enjoys reading with her grandchildren.
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