Oliver does not like vegetables. His choice of dinner would be pizza, or burgers or meatballs, but his Daddy keeps giving him carrots, or broccoli or, worst of all, peas! The family dog is being very well fed, as Oliver makes it clear he does not want to eat any of the healthy offerings. Will Daddy’s plan to take Oliver to a garden to see where the vegetables are grown encourage him to be less fussy?
I thought I would test this book out on a group of Reception children in our school library, as of course they are the intended target market and they all loved it.
Erika Meza’s eye-catching and humorous illustrations excellently convey Oliver’s disgust at being forced to eat vegetables and there is ample chance to join in with the chant of “No More Peas!”
There is also lots to talk about on every page, from how vegetables are grown from seeds, to who likes which vegetable best and ultimately about being brave enough to try new things, that might not actually be as bad as you think.
A wonderful, light-hearted and funny picture book to encourage fussy eaters to eat more vegetables, whilst having fun.