Schneider, J. (2011). Tales for very picky eaters. New York: Clarion Books.
Easy Reader Fiction/Picture Book
Reading Level: 1.7
Lexile Level: AD 500L
Interest Level: Preschool-2nd
Poor James keeps getting tricked by his dad’s stories into eating the foods he thinks he does not like. James’ dad strategies to get James to eat his food vary between grossing him out, to pulling on his heart strings about the pretend “troll” that lives in the basement. Avoiding power struggles, James’ dad is light and playful always staying a step ahead of trusting James. Schneider’s book is a Theodore Suess Geisel Award winner, and will satisfy preschool students up to second graders palette. The format is broken down into five “tales” for beginning readers to test out endurance while reading. This is a level two Easy Reader, with some pages including up to thirteen lines per page.