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Alvie eats soup
Collins, Ross.
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Publication Information:
New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Alvie will eat only soup, and his parents are worried that his Granny Fanny, a famous chef, will find out.
Reading Level:
AD 80 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 3.1 1 Quiz: 31575 Guided reading level: NR.

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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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A picky eater and a gourmet granny are on a collision course in this hearty, funny picture book treat.

Ask Alvie what his favorite food is.
"I only eat soup," says Alvie.
For breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? A snack?
"I only eat soup," says Alvie.
Alvie's parents put up with his eccentricity for a while -- after all, soup is both delicious and nutritious. But when Alvie's grandmother, a renowned chef, comes to visit, will they be able to keep their son's soupy sympathies a secret?
A sharp-eyed, affectionate, and very funny book about a boy and his soup.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS^-Gr. 2. To his parents' dismay, little Alvie eats soup--and nothing else! So besotted by soup is Alvie, in fact, that his first word is "Mulligatawny." In fact, he consumes so much soup that a tank truck from the factory makes a weekly delivery to his house. Well, what's a parent to do? Worry about nutrition and growth, of course. Then, a letter arrives announcing an impending visit from Alvie's Granny Franny, who just happens to be a world-famous chef. Unfortunately for everyone, Alvie's parents have kept Granny in the dark about Alvie's obsession. Something has to be done, and soon. Good-humored complications climax in a surprising conclusion that will leave children chuckling and hungering for more about Alvie. Collins' cartoonlike illustrations, busy with details and speech balloons, have a nicely comic sensibility that's a perfect match for the text's cheerfully whimsical tone. --Michael Cart

Publisher's Weekly Review

Alvie won't eat a soupon of anything but soup. As a baby, his first word is "Mulligatawny!" (a recipe is included). In the Polaroids that chart his formative years, he shuns solid food and snuggles his cheek against a can of chicken stock. Alvie's anxious mother and father, whose worst fears appear in giant thought bubbles, imagine their son paper-thin or hefted by his little sister, Delilah, an omnivore who grows chubbier by the page. "To make matters worse, Alvie's granny was a world-famous chef," and an unimpressed Alvie notices only "the ladle" in the shop window that displays her cookbook. Before a visit from Granny, Alvie's embarrassed parents hide all evidence of his single-minded passion. Although this story starts out like Russell Hoban's Bread and Jam for Frances, Collins (The No-Nothings and Their Baby) takes a detour at the conclusion and lets Alvie stay finicky-and readers discover he has a kindred spirit in Granny. In pencil, watercolor and acrylic compositions as meticulous as Alvie, Collins lavishes attention on the angular characters' dramatic gestures, pointy tufts of hair and fashionably rumpled clothes. His illustrations hearken back to early 20th-century comics, but the precious style does not make up for a lack of substance. The story rests on a one-joke premise, but with lots of fanfare nevertheless. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-From its soup-can cover art to its whimsical cartoon illustrations, this zany book is sure to delight picky eaters everywhere. Alvie eats nothing but soup. His parents fret and compare him to his sister Delilah, who is omnivorous, but they indulge his cravings until they receive news that Granny Franny is coming for a visit. Now the frantic family tries to change Alvie's eating habits so he won't embarrass them in front of his grandmother, a world-famous chef and cookbook author. When that doesn't work, they try to hide the problem by treating Granny to dinner out at a table so laden with food that she won't notice what Alvie is (or is not) eating. However, she surprises them all with her own finicky taste. A humorous romp through the oft-familiar landscape of childhood quirks.-Laurie Edwards, West Shore School District, Camp Hill, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.