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I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato

(Charlie & Lola)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  7,472 ratings  ·  350 reviews
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 things Lola won't eat, including - and especially - tomatoes. Or will she? Two endearing ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 15th 2003 by Candlewick Press (first published 2000)
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Grace The book takes place in modern times in England. There is a lovely British tv show of Charlie and Lola. I hope I answered your question.

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Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Picky eaters beware...sometimes the best tasting food just needs a new name!
Orla Byrne
Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Teri
Jul 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Lee Ann
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 :-)
Rachel Masters
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Jordan Caton
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Nafis
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Heidi-Marie
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
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Jaide Simran
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
'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
Angela O'donnell
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Nazrul
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Ece
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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Cami
Jan 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
June
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Erin
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I practically had to force my son to let me read this to him because I wanted to read it so bad. I thought it was a really cute and creative book and I love to read it to him. However, he'd rather read anything about trains or fire trucks than read what mommy wants. Sigh. =) I'd definitely read more in this series but only if he lets me, lol.
Blake
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: elementary
Read this book out loud to my 6-to-9 year olds today. They really enjoyed it. It might serve well to encourage fussy eaters to be less fussy. However, the book, more generally speaking, is just a good read out loud book for young students.
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.
Krystal
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1001-cbymrbygu
I love Charlie and Lola...especially when you read it with an English accent.
Huda
Nov 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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!!
Jen
Oct 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
It's all about attitude!
Rebecca Collins
Science - food groups, food chains
Imagination - use similes to describe
Film adaptation - watch on youtube
Lifestyle - lifestyles choices
Tricks - Charlie plays a trick on Lola
Mugdha
Apr 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
this is such a cute story!!!
Xiomara Vasquez
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Getting children to eat everything is not always easy. We usually have to arm ourselves with patience and put into practice all our tricks and imagination to achieve that goal. This is precisely what Charlie, the character of our book, does to make his intelligent and stubborn sister Lola.
A great story, fun and educational told the best way of Lauren Child, with its characteristic collage where she narrates scenes of everyday life.
Lola is so demanding that she does not like to eat anything: nei
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Jennifer Dixon
One of my classmates from language and literacy read this book. I had never heard of it before but I loved it. What a great way to get kids to open up and try new things or even look at "gross" things differently. This book can open up to a great discussion but also we can talk about renaming foods and discussing what we like and do not like.
Bookworm
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Omg this book brings back such great memories. If you are looking for a great read aloud to little kids this is perfect. Though even after reading the book I still have to agree with the title. I will never, not ever eat a tomato.
Hannah Kenyon
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully executed children's book.
Bonnie
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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Emily
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lola is a very fussy eater. She will not eat peas, carrots or potatoes and absolutely will not ever never eat a tomato! One day her sibling Charlie has an idea…

With inventive and imaginative trickery Charlie successfully convinces Lola into believing that her despised foods are wildly appealing. Carrots are transformed into ‘orange twiglets from Jupiter’, peas are ‘green drops from Greenland’, mash is ‘cloud fluff from the pointiest peak of Mount Fuji’ and fish fingers are ‘ocean nibbles from th
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Gerry
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the pop-up edition of Charlie and Lola's 'I will not ever NEVER eat a tomato' and while the ordinary edition (if I may call any Charlie and Lola editions 'ordinary') is good, this one is probably even better. That is because the characters and the food pop out of the pages and are there in your face!

The storyline is obviously the same, Lola is a very fussy eater and does not eat carrots because she says they are for rabbits, and a whole host of other foods such as sausages, cauliflower,
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