D. W. the Picky Eater

D.W. the Picky Eater (D. W. Series)


Book: D. W. the Picky Eater

Author and Illustrator: Marc Brown

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, reprinted in 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0613024358 (Hardcover)

ISBN-10: 0613024354 (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 978-0316110488 (Paperback)

ISBN-10: 0316110485 (Paperback)

Language level: 1

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Reading level: Ages 4 and up

Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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     Brown, MarcD. W. the Picky Eater (originally published in 1995 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers).  D. W. (Dora Winifred) Read lives with her father, mother, older brother Arthur, and little sister.  D. W. is a picky eater.  She doesn’t eat anything with eyes, pickles, tomatoes, mushrooms, eggplant, pineapple, parsnips, cauliflower, and, well, a few other things.  And she would never eat liver in a million years.  This is true whether she is eating at school, at home, at a friend’s house, or at a restaurant.  In fact, it gets so bad that when the family goes out to eat, D. W. is left home with a babysitter.  What will she do when it’s time to celebrate Grandma Thora’s birthday at a fancy restaurant and she really wants to go? Will she throw another temper tantrum if she doesn’t like the food?

     Arthur began as a series of easy books (the Arthur Adventures) for beginning readers with Arthur’s Nose, which was published in 1976, and then, because of its popularity it became a PBS television show. As a result of this, there is also a set of Arthur chapter books for older readers.  The one of the chapter books that I remember best, Arthur and the Scare-Your-Pants-Off Club, is one that I did NOT like.  Some of them tend to be a little politically correct, and there’s a “let’s accept everyone as he or she is” attitude which underlies many of the stories.  However, D. W. the Picky Eater, an easy book from a second series about D. W. which was chosen for The 20th Century Children’s Book Treasury edited by Janet Schulman, simply deals with that age-old problem of trying to get kids to try new kinds of food.

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