The Seven Silly Eaters

“Not so long ago, they say,

A mother lived – just like today.

Mrs. Peters was her name;

Her little boy was named the same.

Now Peter was a perfect son

In every way – except for one.”

The Seven Silly Eaters Cover

What’s the Story?

The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman and illustrated by Marla Frazee is about a growing family of picky eaters who all want something different. Each new addition to their family brings a new demand for special meals. Mrs. Peters is at her wit’s end trying to please everyone. 


It isn’t until her birthday comes that a present from her kids solves the picky eater problem and surprises everyone.

Why is it Great?

This is one of my favorite books to read because I have silly eaters of my own. The Seven Silly Eaters turns dinner time from a struggle into something we can all laugh at and the positive image of a family growing together is rarely portrayed so well. 


Watching the children all learn how to work together is rewarding and there are characters that both kids and parents will relate to. There’s something for everyone here. 


The rhymes are easy and fun to read so that they flow right off the page. 


The art pairs wonderfully with the poem. It captures so many realities of day-to-day life with a house full of children and you will continue to catch new endearing details that make you smile even on the tenth read through.


At its heart, this book is all about the often underappreciated hero of the family who holds everyone else together: mom.

The Seven Silly Eaters

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