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No Dinner

Press:Marshall Cavendish Corp/Ccb Cavendish Square Publishing (March 1, 2000)
Author Name:Souhami, Jessica


Jessica Souhami's crisp retelling and vibrant illustrations bring to life a traditional story told throughout southern Asia. 
Many dangers lie waiting in the woods for a frail, old woman.
Fierce, hungry animals in search of their next meal; wolves, bears, and tigers ready to pounce.
But, as this outlandish tale proves, if the woman is resourceful and brave and happens to have an equally clever granddaughter, no wolf, bear, or tiger stands a chance against her! Between the crisp text that begs to be read out loud and quirky drawings done in the brilliant colors of India, young readers will cheer as one old lady outwits her beastly adversaries!

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-In this retelling of a folktale from India, an old woman must travel through a forest of fierce animals to visit her granddaughter. 
Since she is nothing but "skin and bone," she is able to persuade the animals not to eat her until she returns, when she will be "nice and fat" from eating.
When it is time for her to go home, she climbs into a huge pumpkin and rolls through the forest, past the tiger and the bear.
However, the wolf isn't fooled by talking pumpkins.
The cunning old woman tricks him by offering her thin, hard cane when he asks to feel her leg.
She escapes as the animal howls, "Bother! Bother! Bother! No Dinner!" This colorful story presents many interactive opportunities for storytime use.
Children can join in the repetition, "Boo!-Old woman, I'm going to eat you up" and the refrain, "-don't be too long.
I'm hungry!" Bold colors and simple shapes outlined in black charcoal and placed on stark white backgrounds create a lively, dramatic effect and match the vibrant tone of the tale.
A satisfying and delightful retelling that's tailor-made for sharing.Carolyn Stacey, Jefferson County Public Library, Golden, CO Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Young readers will find elements of Little Red Riding Hood in this retelling of a South Asian folktale. 
Grandma, all skin and bones, wants to visit her granddaughter on the other side of a forest filled with hungry, wild animals.
She encounters a wolf, a tiger, and a bear, but convinces them she'll be a much tastier meal on her return trip, after her granddaughter has fattened her up.
Luckily, the granddaughter has a plan to return Granny safely home after the visit.
She puts her grandmother in a large pumpkin and sends it rolling back through the forest, right past bear and tiger.
Wolf is too clever for the stunt ("Just a minute .
I've never heard a TALKING pumpkin").
He discovers Granny inside and asks for an arm or leg to test for fatness.
Granny extends her walking stick instead, fools the disappointed wolf, and makes it home safely.
Basic, opaque shapes make up the spare, naive-style paintings that adequately convey a sense of the woman, the animals, and the forest.
Kids will have fun comparing this simple, well-told story to other familiar versions.
Gillian Engberg

From Kirkus Reviews

Readers who remember Betsy Bangs 1999 retelling of the Bengali folktale The Old Woman and the Red Pumpkin (not reviewed) will recognize the same tale told here, based on a traditional story told throughout southern Asia. 
An old woman who is nothing but skin and bones is on her way to her granddaughters house to fatten herself up when out jumps a wolf, then a bear and last a tiger.
Each one shouts the American BOO! rather than the Ury-bop! of its predecessor.
The old woman convinces each animal not to eat her until she is fat.
On her way home, her daughter hides her in a giant red pumpkin, where, rather than singing as she goes, she speaks, and the wolf mistrusts a talking pumpkin.
In a twist on the ending, instead of the animals fighting about who is strongest among them, the old woman outwits the wolf by presenting her walking stick instead of her own leg to be eaten.
The retelling has plenty of pleasing repetition, but lacks the cultural detail, flavor, and rhythm of Bangs edition.
Nevertheless, young readers will find this a suspenseful read-aloud with large, expressive, curry-colored illustrations sure to glow bright across a room.
(Picture book/folklore.
4-8)-- Copyright © 2000 Kirkus Associates, LP.
All rights reserved.


"A satisfying and delightful retelling that's tailor-made for sharing."  -- School Library Journal, April 2000"An old woman...goes to visit her granddaughter on the other side of the forest. 
On her way she meets a wolf, a bear, and a tiger...(whom) she convinces to wait until later to eat her....Spare, fast-moving tale...boldly rendered....This crisply tellable rendering is based on a popular folktale...told across the Indian subcontinent.' Dramatic visuals and concise language make this a tasty storytime treat." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, March 2000


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  •     This book tells a similar story of the fairy tale "Little Red Riding Hood" but with very interesting culture differences. One twist to the plot is that the grandmother visits her granddaughter and she meets three different animals (a wolf, a bear and a tiger) on her way to her granddaughter's house.My two children like this story but my 3 year old son dearly loves it. The illustrations are colorful and the story line is cute but predictable. (I think that is why my son loves it and has almost memorized it). I would not be a bit surprised if this book becomes a new classic.

  •     I discovered Jessica Souhami when I chose her book, Foxy, from the library. I picked it on a whim and a healthy love for trickster tales. That book became favorite bed time read for me and my kids. Foxy led me to No Dinner! This story is just as much fun.The wolf is hungry and, and either, therefore unwise, or he simply unwise in the first place. However, is still a threat to eat the old woman on her way through the forest to her daughter's house. She hides in a pumpkins and fends of the wolf's attacks with her sharp wit.I highly recommend this as a read aloud for your kids.


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