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SUGAR WOULD NOT EAT IT by Emily Jenkins

SUGAR WOULD NOT EAT IT

By Emily Jenkins (Author) , Giselle Potter (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: May 12th, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-375-83603-9
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade/Random

A boy and a kitten engage in a battle of wills over feline food preferences. When Leo finds a lost kitten on his front steps, he names her Sugar, takes her home and offers her the last piece of his chocolate birthday cake with blue-frosting roses. Sugar won’t eat it. Clueless about cats, Leo queries his adult neighbors for advice on how to make Sugar eat the cake. Everyone has opinions, but nothing works. Then a distraught Leo pours himself a glass of milk and makes a chicken sandwich—and Sugar gives him a quick lesson in cat cuisine. The standoff between Leo and Sugar is reinforced by repetition of the phrase “But Sugar would not eat it,” rendered in large, bold typeface, while unusual perspectives and hot, bright colors create visual tension. Potter’s intense pencil, ink, gouache, gesso and watercolor illustrations generate an aura of interrogation with tiny, solitary Sugar surrounded by Leo and his judgmental neighbors. Kids who are lectured at about what to eat will identify with stalwart Sugar, who knows what she likes. (Picture book. 4-8)