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The Burger and the Hot Dog

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  53 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
A burger and a hot dog
One day had a nasty spat.
The burger got insulted
'Cause the hot dog called him flat...

So what happened after that? Well, you'll have to look inside this book to find out. Because, you see, there is a whole world out there in which burgers, hot dogs, sticky buns, ice-cream bars, bologna, popcorn, and all sorts of other food folks exist together
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Julia Jasztal
Feb 18, 2013 Julia Jasztal rated it really liked it
Mommy's review from 9/16/11 -

4.5 - I'm still very shocked that I enjoyed this as much as I did. I'm not looking at the book right now and I don't remember so I don't know if the fact that this is a book of poems instead of a story is on the cover but whether it is or not, I had no idea. It may be sad but I have to admit that had I known, I'd have passed this by without a second thought.
I'm not a fan of poetry for the most part and neither is Julia. Shorter (not too short though!) rhyming poems
Vicki Kier
Jun 06, 2011 Vicki Kier rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-the-child
Best taken in small bites, Aylesworth's book of food-based rhymes approaches sing-song-y monotony before the third or fourth poem. Foods from all groups are represented, but junk food takes the brunt of most of the longer, four-stanza poems. Gammell's "pencil, watercolor, pastel, crayon, and coffee" illustrations lend an oddly alluring grotesqueness throughout. Younger listeners may need help deciphering food puns and less well-known figures of speech in order to appreciate the humor in some of ...more
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Poem Shared: Blueberries

Overall, I'm not a big fan of this book, but it fit a poetry need at the time. The other blueberry poem option was "Blueberries" by Robert Frost. Alas, that was way to long for my tiny tots at storytime. Jim Aylesworth's poem is only two little verses, so the length was perfect and the illustration by Stephen Gammell was simple. Gammell's other illustrations (rendered in colored, pencil, watercolor, pastel, crayon, and coffee) are a bit of a turnoff for me.

Theme: Blueberr
Mar 22, 2014 Reham rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetery
- The Burger and the Hot Dog by Jim Aylesworth

This book is awesome for children. It is presenting food in a very funny way and I think it will be appealing for children. The colors are very nice too. The fun tone of the poems is very interesting. This book is a good chance for a teacher to talk about healthy food choices and what is the right behavior when you get angry.
The one that I like is “The burger and The hot dog”

Apr 22, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This creepy poetic book of food is odd to say the least. It seems like a book that many boys would enjoy as well as some girl. The poetry shared in this book are easily modeled and would be great for writing workshops.
Brian Cave
Aug 06, 2016 Brian Cave rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book, poem, food
The only reason this book gets three stars from me is for the illustrations. The story is very weird, and somewhat creepy to me. There is some humor, but I just cant help of thinking about how a hot dog would go through living a everyday life as a human would. Just a very odd book overall.
Mar 28, 2016 Jenny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-the-kids
This is a fun rhyming book with a bunch of silly puns. It opens up discussion of things kids might not pick up on.
Jun 02, 2014 Jamie rated it liked it
A book of Punny poems. i thought the puns were funny and cute, but it was a little above my kids' heads
Aug 26, 2014 R.L. rated it it was amazing
A cute poetry book centered around animated food. Stephen Gammell's illustrations are hilarious. The age old war between the burger and the hot dog is brought to life in funny rhyme.
Nov 28, 2009 Tricia rated it liked it
Looking for a poem for the pickle storytime, I tumbled into this gem. Full of food poems and highlighted with amusing illustrations, this is a worthwhile choice for those who enjoy laughter!
Jul 29, 2009 Sarahjeanne rated it liked it
Shelves: el-ed-340, poetry
Poetry: Interesting illustrations and punny poems about all kinds of food make this book very enjoyable to read. I even laughed out loud at a few of them.
Nov 18, 2011 Jeri rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids-poetry
The boys thought that this book was funny. There were some parts that I thought were a bit irreverant, but overall it was a book on poetry that boys enjoyed....Can you go wrong with that?
Nov 23, 2013 Lynne rated it really liked it
Cute concept with a creepy spin. My son is almost 4 and he didn't understand any of the poems. The illustrations were great but a little creepy for little kids.
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Jim Aylesworth was born in Jacksonville, Florida but as an infant moved from the state. He lived in many places during his childhood: Alabama, Indiana, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas... but by the time Aylesworth was 15 his family had settled in Hinsdale, Illinois and that is where he graduated from high school in 1961.

In 1965, he graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a B.A. in English.
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