No More Vegetables!
Publication Date: August 2002
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Ruthie does not like vegetables. She does not like seeing them on her plate; she does not like hearing about them from her teacher. In spite of Dad's scolding, Ruthie fusses her way through meal after meal. And then Mom has an idea: Ruthie finally gets her way - no more vegetables! - as long as she agrees to help plant and tend this year's vegetable garden. Ruthie figures that growing vegetables will be better than eating them. Little does she suspect that growing vegetables will soon make vegetables grow on her.
With wild watercolors and an understated text, Nicole Rubel explores the touchy subject of fussy eating in a way that both young readers and their parents will find amusing and easy to swallow.
Nicole Rubel is the illustrator of the Rotten Ralph books and has written and illustrated many books of her own, most recently A Cowboy Named Ernestine, which was hailed in a starred review by Publishers Weekly as a "humdinger of a campfire story." Ms. Rubel lives in Aurora, Oregon.
"Ruthie hates eating vegetables . . . But when her mother puts Ruthie to work in the vegetable garden, the girl discovers not only a talent for cultivation, but a palate for produce as well. Rubel['s] tight prose gets across both Ruthie's gustatory intransigency and the wit's end frustration of everyone who shares her dinner table. The meticulously outlined, highly stylized watercolor and ink pictures are the real draw." - Publishers Weekly