Alan Durant & Mei Matsuoka
Clarion, 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch
his cute picture book counsels that you are what you eat, literally.
enny hates vegetables but he loves burgers so much that, after consuming nothing but burgers for an unspecified amount of time, he eventually turns into one. He still has a voice and legs, though, which come in handy when he is trying to outrun the neighborhood dogs, cows, and boys.
enny's mother finally rescues him and, to cure him, feeds him a diet of vegetables. Not yet having learned his lesson that you can get too much of a good thing, Benny subsists on nothing but vegetables and eventually, he turns into a carrot, as a bunny rabbit eyes him hungrily.
he illustrations are bright and playful. Benny's exaggerated form is reminiscent of Charlie Brown with his round head and burger-shaped body. This book is fun and contains a subtle lesson: variety is the spice of life.
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