TV DINNER by Betsy Everitt

TV DINNER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

When Daisy Lee says she's going to eat a TV dinner ""instead of peas, instead of soup, instead of rice, or something nice,"" she means it literally. She begins with Channel 2 and Channel 3, moves on to the ""news at six"" and ""all the shows with talking heads,"" complements these with a few ""toothpaste ads,"" and finishes up with the remote control. When she's done, she sheepishly burps ""a show on channel 9"" but quickly recovers in time for dessert: the rest of the house. The dialogue is more precise and also more witty than the Matisse wannabe paintings: Disappointingly, Daisy doesn't really eat the programs, just the TV itself, and an opportunity to add humor is lost in the ubiquitous smiling pig who's featured in every scene but never seems particularly surprised at -- or alarmed by -- his extremely strange friend. He just keeps smiling. Still, Everitt (Mean Soup, not reviewed) has written a hugely amusing play on words that the youngest of children will appreciate and understand.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1994
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harcourt Brace