Just Try One Bite

by Adam Mansbach (Author) Mike Boldt (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
An instant New York Times bestseller! From the bestselling author of Go the **** to Sleep and healthy eating advocate Camila Alves McConaughey comes a whimsical role reversal in which picky eater parents are confronted by their three kids, with hilarious results. These three kids are determined to get their parents to put down the ice cream, cake, and chicken fried steak to just try one bite of healthy whole foods. But it's harder than it looks when these over-the-top gagging, picky parents refuse to give things like broccoli and kale a chance. Kids will love the jaunty rhyme that's begging to be read aloud and the opportunity to be way smarter--and healthier--than their parents.

School Library Journal

K-Gr 2—It is dinner time and just like every other meal, the kids wish that their parents would make healthier choices. In this subverted take on the classic mealtime battle, three siblings try to help their parents eat better. Mom and Dad start the day with a bowl of ice cream, polish off a jar of mayonnaise for lunch, and forage for french fries in their car for dinner. Their children remind them, however, that their bodies need more of a balanced diet and that vegetables are a very important part of that. Mom and Dad try to pull some of the food avoidance tricks that kids usually play, but their children remind them (sometimes not so gently) to try—even a little bit. This humorous tale, featuring comic-book style illustrations, uses over-the-top scenarios to highlight the importance of eating vegetables. Young readers will find the antics of the three siblings amusing and relate to the problems of the adults. The digital illustrations are larger-than-life and often hilarious, emphasizing the epic dinnertime struggle. Young readers will also appreciate the rhythmic text, which relies on approximate rhymes ("veggies" and "messy," "spinach" and "minutes," for example), making this less accessible as a read aloud. The message is a bit oversimplified as well but could be a solid jumping off point for a discussion of planning a nutritious meal. The family is biracial, with the father with pale skin and chestnut hair, and the rest of the family shown with black hair and warm brown skin tones. VERDICT A funny and message-driven story that will be a solid addition for most collections, especially if paired with more balanced takes.—Louie Lauer

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Adam Mansbach
Adam Mansbach is the author of more than a dozen books for kids and adults, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Go the **** to Sleep and the award-winning Jake the Fake series. He also writes movies, drinks espresso, and cooks delicious meals for his three daughters at his home in Berkeley, California.

Camila Alves McConaughey is a dedicated mom who values the importance of healthy eating. She is also an entrepreneur and founder of Women of Today, a lifestyle site and community powered by women around the globe. She lives in Texas with her husband, Matthew McConaughey, and their three children. Camila was a mushroom skeptic for thirty-seven years, until a bowl of veggie Bolognese in 2020 turned her into a mushroom lover. Keep trying those veggies!

Mike Boldt is an author and illustrator from Canada. His books include Bad Dog and Find Fergus, as well as the I Don't Want to Be a Frog series, written by Dev Petty, and How to Grow a Dinosaur, written by Jill Esbaum. And while Mike really enjoys them now, just one bite of Brussels sprouts used to make him gag.
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Guided Reading Level
Dial Books
Publication date
March 20, 2022

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