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What’s for dinner? How about skizzle klumps n’ gizzardlumps? A hilarious look at mealtime with a pair of persnickety eaters, in the most fun made-up language ever!
 
Would you like a bite of frizzle frazzle hotchy potch? How about a plate of mushy gushy bloobarsh? NERP, says our hero. Nerpity nerpity nerp! (That’s “NO” to you!) With nonsense language and humorously expres
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Sterling Children's Books
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Betsy
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Baby as protagonist. A complicated choice. Consider, if you will, your average picture book reader. If they are babies then they usually don’t care much about the age of the person on the page (the exception being board books featuring photographs of other babies’ faces which they LOVE). If they are toddlers, preschoolers, or school aged, then they will be adamant on the point that they are NOT babies themselves. Indeed, any book starring a baby is to be regarded with a kind of inborn skepticism ...more
Sarah
Mar 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-s
I guess I'm alone in my thinking this book was terrible. ...more
Deb in UT
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-alena
I love food and made-up words. This book made me laugh out loud. I think Alena likes it when I laugh while I'm reading. ...more
Baby Bookworm
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: our-reviews
Hello, friends! Our book today is Nerp! by Sarah Lynne Reul, a silly twist on the classic dinnertime struggle of picky eater vs. parent.

After helping to feed his pet something the pet clearly deems less than appetizing, a young alien (monster?) sits down to his own meal. Yet no matter what delicious dishes his parents present him with – from “frizzle frazzle hotchy potch” to “verpy gurpalew” – the little one simply turns up his nose and declares, “NERP!” What can his parents do to entice him to
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Krissy Neddo
Oct 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Cute illustrations are critical to success of this nonsense word book. Not a first purchase for my elementary library. Not what my Kinder teachers are looking for their nutrition unit and ask for books about picky eaters. Maybe if my budget was larger I would purchase for its silliness. Kids will enjoy if read aloud enthusiastically by caregiver.
J.L. Slipak
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Picky Eaters, Fun Words
What’s for dinner? How about skizzle klumps n’ gizzardlumps? A hilarious look at mealtime with a pair of persnickety eaters, in the most fun made-up language ever!

Would you like a bite of frizzle frazzle hotchy potch? How about a plate of mushy gushy bloobarsh? NERP, says our hero. Nerpity nerpity nerp! (That’s “NO” to you!) With nonsense language and humorously expressive illustrations, this delightfully silly picture book tells the story of two picky eaters—one child, o
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Tasha
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Picky eaters take center stage in this picture book. A young monster is disinterested in all of the delicacies his parents keep bringing out of the kitchen. To each one, he replies with “nerp or nerpy nerp” in refusal. His parents make more and more different options, but he doesn’t want anything. Until, suddenly he is clearly slurping food off the page. His parents are delighted at first, until it’s clear that he’s munching pet food. With a blurp, he finishes eating, with the pet finally gettin ...more
Erin
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
One of those books that with the right reader and the right audience could end with wild tearful laughter. There's literally nothing but nonsense words in here, but they are hilarious, and read with the right hopeful intonation of a parent desperate to get their baby to eat they would make for a splendid readaloud.

Plus the illustrations are just... amazing. Inspiring. They look to be photographs of some three dimensional pieces (cardboard dining room table and chairs, yarn rug), and some two dim
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Viviane Elbee
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Picky eaters may relate to this book, with its assortment of very odd dishes that the parents keep presenting to their child. All the creatures in this book are monsters of some sort, so they do not speak regular English. However, we loved the clever names of these dishes! The artwork is also a lot of fun - with the kids we tried figuring out which parts are 3 D cardboard constructions and which parts are drawings.
Terry
Parent Perspective: Fun, fun, fun. Kids will enjoy the silly-sounding words and recognize "nerp" as nope. The foods sound gross, but the drawings are cute. It is very easy to read the story without reading a word, but why? They are fun to say, kids will love the yuck factor, and they will want to learn them, too! More of what we loved in the full review. ...more
Tonja Drecker
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Monsterly fun radiates bright and bold in this catchy tale, which will have listeners spouting monsterly vocabulary of their own.

Some eaters are simply finicky, and that's definitely the case for this little monster. The parents bring out all sorts of delcious...ummm, interesting?...morsels. Yet, this little monster turns its nose at every single one.

This is a read-aloud that will have listeners quickly wanting to repeat every word themselves...and invent a few along the way. Each dish and respo
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Annese
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is fun!
Nessa
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very adorable picture book about a picky eater.
Laura
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Would be a super fun choice for storytime. I love nonsense!
Bookish
Perfect picture book for picky eaters!
Kelly
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
As soon as I picked up this book I knew I had to read it to my grandchildren. Not one understandable word in the book. Very fun!
Joyeanna Jones
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My 15 month old is obsessed with this book. I think the concept is very cute and funny, and I think older kids than her would definitely like it as well.
Shannon
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-books
Great nonsense!! Fun book for littles!
Phaea Crede
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wicked funny and delightful in its simplicity. My kids and I say Nerp all the time now.
Melissa
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was hoping for a least one word that wasn't nonsense.

Cute illustrations though....
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Megan Wagner
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Silly and fun to read out loud!
Bekka
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Super cute story! I loved the illustrations, and the nonsense/sense words would make this the ideal read-aloud. Kids will really enjoy this, and parents can relate. Highly Recommended!
Brianna
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious and adorable! So clever!
Kim Crawshaw
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So much fun!
Amanda
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
While our toddler isn't much of a picky eater at this point, this delightful read-aloud still hits close to home. ...more
Mary
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Terrific nonsense words! This definitely helps parents see the new eater's perspective on all this overwhelming food being offered. ...more
Mireille Messier
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A great story told entirely in rhyming nonsense words. Very clever! Plus, the illustrations are some of the most original I have seen in years. A fantastic book!
Nancy
Jan 14, 2021 rated it did not like it
Too strange and not many real words.
April
Feb 17, 2021 rated it liked it
A coworker left this out for me to read. We tried to compare notes later but all I could say about it was nerp. Cute illustrations for the shenanigans.
Jaime
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Clever! Using clues from pictures and punctuation.
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Sarah Lynne Reul is an author, illustrator and award-winning animator who likes science, tiny things and drawing on photos. Originally from Brooklyn, she now lives near Boston with her family.

After some years in science museum education, she was lured back to school by the magic of making drawings come to life. Armed with an MFA degree in 2D animation, Sarah Lynne now strives to pack the energy o
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