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The Seven Silly EatersThe Seven Silly Eaters

Browndeer Press, Harcourt Brace & Co., 1997.

Illustrated by Marla Frazee.

Peter only wants milk, Lucy insists on pink lemonade, and Jack is stuck on applesauce. Each new addition to the Peters clan brings another demand for a special dish. Mrs. Peters, loving mother that she is, does her best to fulfill each new request but the preparations get to be exhausting. It isn't until her birthday arrives that an unexpected present from her seven youngsters solves her problem and surprises them all. Marla Frazee's lively and detailed drawings of the Peters household add to the fun.

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"A pleasure for parent and child."

Horn Book

"Hoberman's riotous tale is spun like a Seussian fable and told, as the Doctor would have told it, in an up-tempo, whimsical rhyme…It's a story that every young mom can relate to, even if she doesn't have seven fussy offspring."

New York Times Book Review

"A wonderful evocation of the joyous bedlam of a seven-sibling household. The hilarious artwork is matched on every page by the equally funny verse from Mary Ann Hoberman."

Newsweek Year's Best Children's Books

"In this highly comic rhyming romp that surprisingly (and nicely) twists into a birthday story, Hoberman and Frazee tweak fussy eaters with style and panache."

School Library Journal Best Books of 1997

"Perfect read-aloud."

Chicago Tribune