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Burger Boy

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  332 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Benny likes burgers. Benny loves burgers. In fact, burgers are the only food that Benny ever eats. “If you don’t watch out, you’ll turn into a burger one day,” warns his mom.

And one day, Benny does.

Hilarious, roly-poly illustrations capture Benny’s wacky transformation and the chaos that ensues. A delectable cautionary tale, this is a rollicking read-aloud that’s certain t
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 16th 2006 by Clarion Books (first published 2005)
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Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidstuff, eating
"If you don't watch out, you'll turn into a burger one day," warned his mom.

A cautionary tale that advises moderation in all things.

Mei Matsuoka's illustrations are darling.

Nov 09, 2019 added it
Benny didn’t like vegetables. The only food he liked were burgers. His mom said that he would turn into a burger. It did happen one day after he and his mom finished food. A dog sniffed him and thought he was a burger. All ten dogs chased him. He ran and asked for help. He went into a field with cows. Cows were angry and also chased him because he ate too many burgers. Then he ran into a group of boys who also chased him because they thought hw was a burger. The road was blocked. A van stopped b ...more
J-Lynn Van Pelt
May 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A boy who loves burgers eats so many that he turns into one. He is chased by all sorts of things that want to eat or exploit him until his mother saves him and makes him eat vegetables to transform back into a boy. A good message in today's overweight society, but I didn't like the ending.

The illustrations are colored pencil, acrylic and cut paper. They are simple, in bright colors and the people have large round cartoon heads.
Ralf Urbach
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: child-choice
My wife and i always tell our children, if we eat too much pizza you'll turn into one, and thats precisely what happens here only with hamburgers. Very entertaining to watch my kids expressions and ask "can you really turn into something that you have too much of?" Funny read and fairly decent illustrations to go along. ...more
Callie Ammons
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Burger boy is about a boy named Benny who loved to eat burgers, it’s all he would eat. His mom warned him that if he doesn’t watch out he’ll turn into one. And then one day, he did turn into a burger. Dogs, cows, and even kids started chasing after him trying to eat him. As he was running away he was blocked by a busy street. A van stopped, picked him up and saved him from being chased. But the driver was the owner of bigga burgers, a burger restaurant in town. They put him on display for all to ...more
Stefanie Burns
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Funny book about a boy who loves burgers. (Made me think of my Mom and Wimpy.) All he eats is burgers until, AHHH, he turns into a burger. I don't know about you, but I remember my mom saying "You'll turn into a ____." when I ate too much of something. So next thing you know he's running all around like the Gingerbread man with different things chasing him wanting to eat him. All the while he yells, "I'm not a burger, I'm a boy. Leave me alone!" He eventually lands in a buger joint on display wh ...more
Lea Buchanan
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This is a story about a boy named Benny, who ate so many burgers, he turned into one. Benny ran away from hungry animals and people as he tried to convince them that he was a boy, and wasn't a burger. At the end of the book Benny eats vegetables and turns back into a boy again. He promised he'd never eat a burger again. At the very end of the book, it shows Benny turning into a carrot. I think this book is really fun, and something that kids would really like. It's funny and something that they ...more
Lauren Dooley
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This book is about a young boy named Benny who is not a fan of any food except burgers. His mom ends up telling him that, "If all you eats is burgers, then one day he is going to turn into one" and Benny did! Then, he is chased around town my dogs, cows, kids, and more. Right before he is about to get eaten his mom comes to his rescue. After that day, Benny decided to never had a hamburger again and all he would eat was vegetables. Until one day his mom says, "If all you eat is vegetables, then ...more
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dr-smiths-class
The book was about a little boy who loved to eat burgers and that all he ate. one day his mother took him to a burger store for lunch and after lunch he turned into a burger like his mom had warned him he would. he gets chased around town by dogs, cows, and other kids till his mother saves him and feeds him vegetables.

i liked this book because is shows kids that not only do they need to listen to their mothers but that eating fruits and vegetables are important.

I would use this book in my clas
VillaPark Public Library
A very silly story about a little boy who eats only one thing (burgers!) until he becomes that thing, just as his mother warned him he would. He then has to evade hungry animals, kids, shopkeepers and the like, all while insisting he's a real boy, not a burger. There is a silly surprise ending, which left my kids hoping there would be another book, however I felt the point was made. With lots of repetitive text, this would be great for a beginning reader to read along with.

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Katie Ollenburger
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Benny likes burgers. Benny loves burgers. In fact, burgers are the only food that Benny ever eats. “If you don’t watch out, you’ll turn into a burger one day,” warns his mom. And one day, Benny does. Benny has to run away from dogs, cows and eventually gets trapped in a burger shop. His mom has to convince the burger workers he is a boy. This book could be used to help kids understand the importance of eating healthy, and the importance of eating a variety of foods. I think this book would be a ...more
Taylor Finnell
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
This book follows Benny, a boy who loves burgers. Even though he is warned by his mother to stop, he continues eating burgers until he turns into one! (view spoiler) I think this book would be great to encourage children to eat healthy and pay attention that they are not eating too much of one food. This was such a funny picture story book that I know kids would have a ball reading. The illustrations are so fun and done in a great way. I will definitely keep this book available as a fun book for ...more
Hanne Heimonen
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ed535-book-shelf
This book made me smile with it's funny storyline and symphatic pictures and I bet children will love it as well. I think this a funny way to teach children how important diverse diet is. Children may think that adults deny the fast food for them just to be mean, but after reading the story they might understand that it’s for their own good. It also teaches lesson about consequences although in this case it's not about natural consequence. ...more
Villain E
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A boy eats so many burgers, he becomes one. He's chased by dogs and other boys who want to eat him and cows who are offended by his presence. He gets conscripted into being the spokesperson for a burger restaurant. Eventually his mother convinces him to eat his vegetables.

I really didn't like the art in this one. And it's weird that we never actually see the mother.
Sarah Cho
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picure-books
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Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
Kind of a weird concept, if you eat too much you will turn into it. It was so silly but My daughter thought about it and brought it up multiple times while eating. "I better eat my veggies because I don't want to turn into [insert what we're having for dinner]." ...more
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing

healthy eating
discuss counting, animals, etc.
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 09e-pbf
This book is read on an Amazon show called Bookaboo. I love the series. It's only 1 season. I wish there were more. ...more
Syntha Green
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Laugh out loud funny
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Emily Henderson
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
This book follows Benny, a boy who loves burgers. Even though he is warned by his mother to stop, he continues eating burgers until he turns into one! (view spoiler) I think this book would be great to encoura ...more
Apr 06, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 is about right (the overall aggregate score for this book on Goodreads).

I love the illustrator, Mei Matsuoka's style. I have been grabbing everything she has done since I read The Great Sheep Shenanigans.

The story of a child turning into their favorite food is as timeless as idle parental threats and older siblings. This book brings that to life to teach children it is important to eat a variety of foods. It was ok, just not great.

On the plus side, it's targeted at younger boys, and appropr
Feb 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Burger Boy is a story about a boy named Benny who loved to eat hamburgers. He ate so many hamburgers that he turned into one! Dogs, cows, and boys chased him trying to eat the burger. He was saved by the owner of his favorite restaurant Bigga Burgers. The owner put Benny out on display as a giant, talking burger. Benny's mom came to his rescue and after eating fruits and vegetables, Benny turned back into the boy he used to be.

I think this story is adorable, however I am a little hesitant to us
Jan 29, 2016 rated it liked it
-Kids will be giggling at the kid who accidentally turns himself into a hamburger, and spends the day running from an ever-increasing crowd.
-Even though it's a presented in a silly way, the book does mention the importance of eating fruits and vegetables.
-The story shows that a hamburger diet affects not just the burger eater when a herd of cows angrily stampede after the Burger Boy with the line, "Do you know where hamburgers come from?"
-At the end of the story, the kid giv
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Burger Boy is about a young boy called Benny who loves to eat burgers. His parents warn him that if he eats too many that he’ll turn into one, then eventually he does! There are many comical episodes throughout the book that children will love; my personal favourite is when Benny is chased through the town!
This book is very relatable to both children and adults as it expresses views of both parents and child. This story encourages children to think about what is ‘too much’ of something and the b
The Brothers
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dex (2 years old) absolutely loved this book - especially telling which of the dogs chasing the boy were good and bad.

The story is of a little boy who eats nothing but burgers, even though his mother warns him that he'll turn into one if he keeps it up. And surprise, he does! He is chased by a variety of animals and people all intent on eating him. In the end, he his rescued by his mother who feeds him fruits and veggies till he turns back into a little boy again. But then that's all he eats and
This book shares a lesson about eating healthy foods and eating appropriate amounts of foods. The boy loves to eat hamburgers and that's all he eats for a period of time; however, he turns into a burger the more he eats them. He learns that this is not a healthy lifestyle, so he begins to eat vegetables until he eats too many of those too. This book can be tied with a lesson on eating a balanced diet (health lesson), but other than that, this would just be a fun story to read to young kids. They ...more
Sarah George
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-selection
A boy who eats nothing but burgers - I can relate - soon turns into one, and has the whole town chasing after him... Uh oh! After his terrifying day full of hungry dogs and children, angry cows, and a money-hungry restaurant owner, this boy vows to never eat another burger again! Alas, he turns into a carrot. Hilariously adorable book. The way the words incorporate with the pictures is an eye-catcher. And the slow transformations from boy to food and back again, is a wonderful example of a talen ...more
Lindsey Reyes
May 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lopez
Burger Boy tells of a story of a boy who loves eating ... burgers. He eats so many that he starts to look like one. Dogs, cows, and children all chase him throughout the book. He gets mistaken for a real hamburger and decides he should eat vegetables and fruit instead of just hamburgers. He starts to gain his shape back and becomes a vegetarian. It teaches children how to eat properly and healthy.
Mar 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
My kids and I love this book! It was funny and had a good lesson for kids that hate vegetables. A reminder to keep a balanced diet but in a fun and witty way. Does not read like a lecture but at the ending my kids all got the point. My 6 year old wants to hear this story all the time. And my 12 year old who thinks he is too old for stories with us always sits in on this one. I would recommend this to anyone who has a child who hates to eat one thing and wants to over indulge in another.
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Alan Durant is the author of books for a wide age-range, from picture books such as Burger Boy to top-end teenage thrillers (Blood, Flesh and Bones). Having worked as a copywriter at Walker Books, he is now a full-time author.

He's married, with three children and lives just outside London. He does a lot of school visits throughout the UK and abroad and also runs writing workshops.

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