The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman

Up next in the birthday book reviews is The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman. Now, this book is not new (published in 1997, to be exact), but it was new to us when our youngest got it as a gift, and it has been on constant repeat since September 26th! Hoberman has contributed many wonderful books to children’s literature (A House is a House for Me, All Kinds of Families, Strawberry Hill, the You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You series, among others!), and Marla Frazee has illustrated some of our favorites (All the World, A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, Everywhere Babies…), so I’m not sure how I missed this one before!

So, how many of you moms out there have picky eaters? Hopefully nothing like the Peters kids in this book, but maybe like me, your kids have LOVED something one day (Siggi’s yogurt tubes…), and then the moment you stock up at Costco, they won’t touch it any more. Anyone? Anyway, you moms can probably relate to Mrs. Peters in more ways than one… Have you ever tried to cook dinner with a child yelling at you? How about throwing in a second trying to bring snowballs inside, a third in the bathroom with the door open, and a fourth tormenting the cat? 


But if you’re not a mom, you can read this and appreciate (or relate to) the hilarity in the pictures, as well as the wonderfully flowing verse. The Seven Silly Eaters is honestly a book that we don’t mind reading on repeat in our house, because it’s fun to read and funnier to look at! What adult out there doesn’t want to just throw a fit one day and then be able to sit back and play your cello while your children cook the next? 


Extra bonus— this book ends with a birthday, so makes a great themed birthday present if you’re into that like I am! And if you’re really interested, Hoberman provides the recipe to this crazy cake on her website!

Publishers recommend for ages 4-8, but our 3-year-old adores it, and I’m guessing older audiences would, too!


If you liked this, be sure to check out:

**most books by Chris Van Dusen (The Circus Ship is a favorite in our house)

**Pandas Love Pickles by Liz Lynch

**Escargot by Dashka Slater

**I Really Like Slop by Mo Willems


What are your favorite books to read aloud, books both you and your kids enjoy every time?

3 thoughts on “The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman

  1. My 2nd grade teacher read this book to me back in 1999 and I still think of it fondly, when encountering picky eaters and occasionally in my line of work ( children’s theatre).


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