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Fast food! gulp! gulp!
Waber, Bernard.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, 2001.
Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
All kinds of foods are served faster and faster--until the cook has had enough!
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.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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"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

PW called this homage to some favorite foods "a satisfying morsel that kids will eagerly devour." Ages 4-8. (May) (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.