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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Roger Myers loved to take his family out to a nice restaurant for special occasions. His family called him Papa and after dinner, he always asked his grandkids if they had ever heard about the little boy who wouldn't eat cheesecake. Though they had heard the story many times, Joshua, Hannah, and Rex always listened to Papa narrating the story. He told them how in the early forties when he was their age, he would go to Gula's restaurant in Chattanooga, Tennessee every Sunday after church with his parents, and how he refused to have New York Cheesecake for dessert. One Sunday his father wanted him to explain why he disliked cheesecake so much without ever having tried it. His father explained to him that the cheese in cheesecake is white, creamy, and sweet. What happened when Roger tried the cheesecake?
The Little Boy Who Wouldn't Eat Cheesecake by Christina Myers is an adorable story about a young boy, Roger, and his battle with himself when it came to eating cheesecake. The story is a good way for older members of the family to learn how to engage children in food conversations, especially the food they dislike, and why it is important to try the food before deciding to dislike it. Katherine Carver's illustrations are as charming as the story and the characters and will make them real, memorable, and palpable to youngsters. It is a good book for storytelling sessions in homes where there are children, especially if they are fussy about eating certain foods, and in classrooms and school libraries to encourage students to try new and different types of foods before deciding to dislike them.