Tales for very picky eaters has five simple stories with tantalizing titles:
- The tale of the disgusting broccoli
- The tale of the smelling lasagna
- The tale of the repulsive milk
- The tale of the lumpy oatmeal
- The tale of the slimy eggs
James does not want to eat these food but through good humour and wild storytelling his father is able, each time, to change his mind.
James asks about an alternative to broccoli. (Personally I adore broccoli and I feel sad that brussels sprouts and broccoli receive such bad press.) His father offers dirt, used chewing gum or a sweaty sock flavoured with apple and cinnamon. James changes his mind!
James complains the lasagna smells funny. His father explains he will now have to fire the troll who labours hard to make this lasagna down in their basement. The troll will have to return to his old job working for the rat circus. James feels sorry for the troll and decides to eat the lasagna.
"Milk is repulsive and I won't drink it.' 'That's probably a good idea,' said James's father. "Milk give growing children strong, hard bones. Think of all the great things you could do with nice soft bones." It is easy to imagine what happens next when James thinks about all the sports he loves to play.
This little book was the winner of the 2012 Theodore Geisel Award. We have nearly all the past winners in our library. Here is the review in Kirkus.