Anyone who has ever been told that if they eat too much of a food, they’ll turn into it can enjoy this silly story. In this book, Benny loves burgers and refuses to eat his vegetables. His mom warns him, “If you don’t watch out, you’ll turn into a burger one day.” And that is exactly what happens.
Once Benny is in burger form, he is chased by hungry dogs and boys and a herd of angry cows until he is kidnapped by the owner of the burger store and put on display. Benny is finally rescued by his mother and swears off burgers for good. He slowly regains his shape. Pretty soon, all Benny eats are vegetables…and everyone knows what happens when you eat too much of only one food!
Alan Durant writes, “Now Benny liked vegetables. He LOVED vegetables. Vegetables were the only things he’d eat. His mother was worried. ‘Benny,’ she said. ‘you’d better watch out. If all you eat is vegetables, one day…you’ll turn into one!’”
This is a great tale that encourages a balanced diet and would be a good way to start a discussion about nutrition with children who are picky eaters. Mei Matsuoka’s illustrations bring to life Durant’s outlandish story.
Check the WRL catalog for Burger Boy.