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Title:
Fast food! gulp! gulp!
Author:
Waber, Bernard.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, 2001.
Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary:
All kinds of foods are served faster and faster--until the cook has had enough!
Language:
English
Reading Level:
BR Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.7 0.5 53910.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.6 1 Quiz: 26745 Guided reading level: G.
ISBN:
9780618141890
Format :
Book

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Summary

"Things are hopping! Things are popping in fast food town!" Meet Speedy Lane, Jiffie Snack, Whiz-Bang Ewing, and all the folks responsible for getting the food out and eaten fast. The pace speeds through this book, until finally the cook has had enough. She leaves to work at a health food place "slowly serving nature's greenery, to folks taking time to enjoy the scenery." Waber hilariously poses the question, What's the rush?


Author Notes

Bernard Waber was born in 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and educated at the University of Pennsylvania. He also studied art at the Philadelphia College of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He wrote and illustrated numerous children's books including The House on East 88th Street, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, Lyle at Christmas, Ira Sleeps Over, and Ira Says Goodbye. He died on May 16, 2013.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Hordes of ravenous animal characters munch their way through the pages of this homage to some favorite foods. With a sizzling pace befitting the book's title, Waber (The Mouse that Snored) first introduces Colonel Mane, owner of a fast-food chain. Dressed in the familiar white garb of another fast-food maverick with the same military moniker, this lion roars orders to his workers: "Flip that patty!/ Slap it on a bun! Pile on fries/ by the ton!" Out on the streets of Fast Food Town, the kid-pleasing sounds of satisfied snackers are heard in a recurring refrain: "Pick! Pick!/ Lick! Lick!/ Slurp! Slurp!/ Burp! Burp!" After touring a fast-food kitchen and listening to a sampling of the food orders taken over the phone, readers return to Colonel Mane's, where the cook quits: "After Cook said goodbye/ to the fast food pace/ she got herself a job in a health food place" (leisurely preparing a menu kids will find considerably less appealing parsnip fritters, zucchini pie). Sprinkled with silly details, the cartoon art lends additional spice, such as Jiffy Jack,/ big-shot boss/ on the fast food track," a caped jack rabbit holding a stopwatch and whistle. On the concluding page, Waber reveals a mother bird feeding a worm to her wee ones and writes: "Tweet! Tweet!/ Bon app?tit / Whatever you eat." A satisfying morsel that kids will eagerly devour. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Waber serves up a tasty treat of deliciously rhymed text and appetizingly animated illustrations. These fast-food patrons want their food fast, and the pace of the story quickens into a maddening dash of orders and consumption until Colonel Mane's cook quits, leaving to work in a health-food caf where the fare is savored slowly. All manner of animals in dresses, suits, and hats romp across the pages, munching everything from pizza to fries to burgers to buffalo wings. Pigs and hippos crop up a lot, as well as monkeys. They gobble noisily ("Chew! Chew!/Chomp! Chomp!/Oink! Oink!/Grunt! Grunt!"), faster and faster, until Jiffy Jack the rabbit serves meals that can be eaten in 30 seconds and Lone Cat Mewing "rustles up meals/ you can eat/without chewing." Who can blame the cook for abandoning funnel cakes for parsnip fritters? Waber's culinary masterpiece is a perfect read-aloud, and a cunning consideration of our frenzied lives.-Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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