I Do Not Eat the Color Green!

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Pub Date 01 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 01 Feb 2023

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Marlene McKean does not eat the color green. She turns up her nose at broccoli, peas, and sprouts, offending her parents and the lunch ladies. But when a countess invites Marlene to a fancy feast, Marlene is confronted with treats galore—and something green. Maybe Marlene can try it, just this once… This fun, rhyming story about a fussy eater describes the unexpected consequences of trying new things.

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Marlene McKean does not eat the color green. She turns up her nose at broccoli, peas, and sprouts, offending her parents and the lunch ladies. But when a countess invites Marlene to a...

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Quick Summary: Ha ha hilarious fun!

My Review: I Do Not Eat the Color Green! by Lynn Rickards was two hoots and a holler. I laughed my way from beginning to end. Marlene McKean was totally a kid I could relate to in a very big way. Although she presented with a particular attitude at the start of the story, she soon changed her tune. By the end of this enjoyable Green-Eggs-and-Ham-esque tale, she learned a valuable lesson that, quite frankly, opened up her world.

My Final Say: This will surely become a classic. It was a joy-filled journey into the world of a child with possible food issues. I loved the realness of Marlene's plight. I also genuinely adored her demonstration of growth. She allowed herself to be open to the possibilities. (Parents will love that angle.)

Other: I love that this book presented sensory sensitivities in a fun and playful way. I think it will be a great conversation starter in a pediatric foods program. In addition to that, this unique story may certainly provide a creative way for parents of kids with food sensitivities or visual and textural issues associated with food to better understand how what seems easy to them may not be just so for the child.

Rating: 5/5
Recommend: Yes
Audience: 4 and Up

Thanks to the author and the publisher for making this book available to review via NetGalley. The words I have shared are my own and have been voluntarily submitted.

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This book names many things that the character will not eat. She says she is not being rude, but does not eat the color green. She is invited by a countess to a fancy party and tries green grapes. Shocker! She likes them!

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A fun little book with a good lesson about food and how one cannot choose to avoid all foods of one color. A nice story time book for sure!

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Fussy eaters. Well that’s just not the kids, isn’t it?

This is the story of a little girl who runs always from anything green that’s edible! Must be because everyone keeps telling the kids to eat more green and it’s the best for them. And we human tend to not do what’s the best for us. Why would it be that different with kids?

Unless, there’s a way like how it is in the story, eating green is normal and can even be better than it seems, the kids wouldn’t know, would they?

The illustrations are fun! Such a fun rhyming read.

Thank you, Windmill Books, for the advance reading copy.

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This is a silly and sweet book. Imagine thinking you didn’t like green foods only to find out you’ve been so so wrong about them ! This book would be fun for any kid, but would be extra special for that picky eater in your life!

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My four year old and I loved this book! He instantly picked up on the repetition in the book, and would join in with me. It also prompted a great discussion as we read the story as to which green foods he loves, which continued throughout the rest of our day! It would definitely be a great story for a picky eating phase.

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Joyful rhymed narrative of a picky eater, basing her food intake on avoiding one colour at all costs – until decorum leaves her with no alternative. Yes, the way she gets to face her fears of ingesting green things is more than a bit fanciful, but this is just about winning enough for us to ignore that. First out in 2010, this is not the first time this has been revived, and the simple pleasure of it all is obvious as the reason why.

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I received an arc of this title from NetGalley for an honest review. A little girl does not eat anything the color green. Her parents try and try and it isn't until she finds out that sweet things can be good and green does she change her mind.

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This fun, rhyming text is remind me of Green Eggs and Ham. The finicky narrator resists many an item as she refuses to eat foods that are green. Her protests eventually give way and she makes a shocking discovery.

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A rhyming children’s book about a girl who refuses to eat the color green. It was kinda funny to see all the things she refused to eat. A countess finally invites her to tea and offers her green fruit, and she caves in and accepts it, and learns she likes it.

Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.

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I chose this book to read to my green food hating 7 year old. She giggled and laughed as we went through while Marlene McKean lamented on all of the green things she DOES NOT eat while also making comments about how she agreed with Marlene. The ending was perfect and a little eye opening for my girl.

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I Do Not Eat the Color Green! By Lynne Rickards follows Marlene McKean as she shares her incredible distaste for all things green. Between the bright, bubbly illustrations and the reluctance to eat green food, this will appeal to many young readers. The text is written in fun rhymes adding to the fascination for kids.

I requested this ARC on NetGalley because I have a very picky five year old boy. I was hoping this book might encourage him to branch out and try new foods. Unfortunately he wasn’t as excited to read it as I hoped, I think because this book would be more appealing to little girls. The illustrations are heavy on shades of pink and purple and Marlene learns she likes green food while attending a tea party. As a parent I would have also liked if the story continued after Marlene discovered that green food can be delicious too. Perhaps she could go back and try some of the other foods she previously refused.

If you have a picky eater, who loves all things fun and girly, this would be an excellent read!

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Marlene is a fussy eater who dislikes green food. All changes until she was invited by the countess for tea.
Hilarious book with a story expressed in rhymes, and the book's vibrant illustration is a cherry on the top. Ideal for young readers to teach that trying new food is not bad after all.

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*thank you to Netgalley, Windmill Books and Lynne Rickards for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

4 stars.

This was such a fun book to read. It got a few laughs out of me. I can see this being a hit with small kids.

Told in rhythm, it is a silly, playful story about a girl who absolutely hates the colour green. She refuses to eat anything green no matter what. That is until someone comes along and offers her green food and she doesn't want to appear rude so she takes it and discovers, she actually enjoys it.

You kinda have to ignore that she didn't mind being rude to everyone else but like I said, this is a fun, silly book, playful book and these never have to make much sense.

Also need to say I enjoyed the illustrations. I think they worked well with the text.

Definitely recommend this.

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I Do Not Eat the Color Green! by Lynne Rickards 4/5

I Do Not Eat the Color Green is an adorable picture book that left my cheeks hurting from all the laughing. I love when we come across a book that is beyond relatable, lets us know we aren't the only ones going through something. Marlene McKean is a kid that does not eat any food that is green, being a picky eater myself I totally understand. Avoiding all the foods that are green can be hard when a countess invites you over for a fancy feast. This is a fun story that we all enjoyed reading.

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My kids absolutely loved this book. I will be purchasing these for Christmas presents for the nieces and nephews. Keep up the great content!

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