Eat, Leo! Eat! by Caroline Adderson

Eat, Leo! Eat!

Leo wants no part of sitting down with his family to eat Nonna's big, delizioso lunch every Sunday. "I'm not hungry," he insists. Not hungry? Hmm. Clever Nonna gets an idea. She'll use a story to lure Leo to her table. And since the pasta in her soup, called stelline (little stars), is woven into the story about a boy who journeys to his grandmother's at night, it works. But again on the following Sunday, Leo doesn't want to eat. So Nonna expands...

Details Eat, Leo! Eat!

TitleEat, Leo! Eat!
Release DateApr 1st, 2015
PublisherKids Can Press
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Family

Reviews Eat, Leo! Eat!

  • Abby Herp
    Unique illustrations and a story telling that shows how traditions should be kept.
  • Jay
    ARC kindly provided by NetGalley on behalf of the publishers a nice story that my son quite enjoyed.about an Italian family, their stories, and their food (pasta). at the end it has a page all about the different types of pasta. the only thing i felt this book needed was an additional page of all the Italian words used throughout the story, this would greatly benefit the story as the children would then know exactly what they were talking about.
  • Ky Schlundt
    I received this book through the First Reads program on Goodreads and really enjoyed it! My son enjoyed the pictures, people and animals the book showed, and I really enjoyed the story. The Italian connection throughout the story in relation to the food names and family members titles (Nonna, for one) was a cool vocabulary lesson and introduced or reinforced many of the words we use with my mom, and my son's Nonna.
  • Chinook
    So sweet. Perfect to read to a picky eater, while a big pot of pasta is cooking or on the way to grandma's. And now I'm hungry!
  • Erin
    Love this book for the Italian cultural aspect, especially the glossary of Italian words and the spread about pasta names and their Italian origins!
  • Ma Jiani(Marjorie)
    This book is a typical narrative storybook. When Leo does not eat, his Nonna tells the story of a boy on a dark night in Nonna. Hopefully, when the light is shining, the boy looks up and looks for the stars, just like the storyline pasta in the Leo bowl. "Mangia," Nonna told Leo and he started eating. In the following week, Nonna continued to tell the story: The boy is now walking on an unpaved road, hoping for an easier road. When he looked down...
  • Li Sifan(Liona)
    Eat Leo Eat is a book written by Caroline Adderson in 2015. The story tells that a boy, Leo, didn't want to eat with his family, so Nonna tried to get Leo to participate in the meal with his family. There were many wonderful stories in the middle, and slowly, Leo realized how happy it was to be happy to have dinner with his family. It can be used as A Craft Mentor Text because it offers a perfect framework for lessons exploring the heritage, cust...
  • Gina
    There is not a lot of story here, though for picky eaters it may work well. The mystifying thing is that where so often the key figure in the story is also the name of the food, they don't show the food well.That isn't really an issue for spaghetti, which is familiar to most kids, but that is also the one they show the best. I had to look up chiancaredde, because I have never had those, and the pictures didn't really give me an idea.
  • Brooke Milone
    Everyone goes to Nonna's house to eat. Everyone is always hungry and ready to eat besides Leo. Leo asks his Nonna why everything she makes has a name and his grandma then explains it all to him. While explaining it she makes it into a little story about a boy going on adventures (Leo) and helps keep him interested and makes him want to eat the food! By the time she's done with all the stories Leo is hungry and ready to eat.
  • Donna Mork
    Cute story about sharing stories from your ancestors with the newer generation.
  • Kelly
    I really liked it, but I needed a little bit more help with some of the Italian. Guess I'll have to look up some words up before trying this in front of a crowd, lol
  • Li Or
    3.5Who this book would be best suited for?Since all the food this book talks about is different types of pasta, this book would probably be best suited for Italian families who eat a lot of pasta and want to teach their children some Italian words. Italian words covered in this book: altrettanto, babbo, buon appetito, chiancaredde, creste di gallo, delizioso, farfalle, la fine, mangia, nonna, occhi di lupo, spaghetti, stelline, zia, zio and zupp...
  • Venus
    Review originally posted on Children's AtheneumLeo wants no part of sitting down with his family to eat Nonna's big, delizioso lunch every Sunday. "I'm not hungry," he insists. Not hungry? Hmm. Clever Nonna gets an idea. She'll use a story to lure Leo to her table. And since the pasta in her soup, called stelline (little stars), is woven into the story about a boy who journeys to his grandmother's at night, it works. But again on the following Su...
  • Elaine
    What a great story! Leo doesn’t want to eat when he joins the rest of the family for Sunday dinner at his Nonna’s home but his Nonna is clever and, each week, tells the next excerpt from a story about a boy going to visit his Nonna. She serves a different type of pasta with the meal each week and, every week the story involves something that connects to that type of pasta! Leo loves the stories and so looks forward to the next part of the sto...
  • Italo Italophiles
    A hyphenated Italian child not wanting to eat his lunch, an Italian grandmother wise with tricks to get the boy to eat, stories to engage the child (and the reader), and beautiful illustrations to engage the eye: what is there not to like about Eat, Leo! Eat? There is also a list of 16 Italian words used in the book, with pronunciation guide and meaning for each word. And a page about pasta, depicting many varieties, giving their name in Italian ...
  • Sharon Tyler
    Eat, Leo! Eat! written by Caroline Adderson and illustrated by Jose Bisaillon is a picture book that is currently scheduled for release on April 1 2015. Every Sunday Leo’s family goes to his grandmother’s house for a big family lunch. However, Leo wants no part of sitting down with his family to eat. Clever Nonna uses stories to lure Leo to her table to eat. Each week the story ties in the adventures of a young boy with the type of pasta incl...
  • Storywraps
    Every Sunday the family is invited to Nonna's house for a boisterous, delicious Sunday lunch. Mom, Dad, aunts, uncles, cousins...they are all represented at the dinner party. The family eagerly gathers around the table salivating for Nonna's homemade pasta...everyone that is, except Leo. Where can he be? Did anyone see where he is hiding? Nonna, very concerned for her little bambino asks him what is the matter. He tells her he is not hungry and d...
  • Barbara
    I'm not sure why it works, but when Leo is not interested in joining the rest of his family for lunch, his grandmother comes up with a strategy that works. For each different pasta dish she serves each Sunday, Nonna spins out a story. Perhaps it is the story itself that captures Leo's attention or perhaps the fact that its protagonist is a boy just like him or maybe it's the way she tells the story, but Leo becomes so wrapped up in the story that...
  • Wulfwyn
    We received a free copy of this through Goodreads First Reads. I read this book several times with my grandchildren. We all enjoyed the story of how Leo's Nonna entices him to eat. My grandchildren like pasta a lot. They really liked hearing Nonna's version of how each type of pasta came to be named. It is a story they have enjoyed reading more than once. The story held the most interest with the 6, 7 and 8 year olds. The 2 and 3 year old liked t...
  • Rosa Cline
    Leo's family always gathers every Sunday at his Nonna's house for dinner. All the family is there, but Leo isn't hungry and so Nonna tells Leo a story of how whatever they are eating got it's name. Each Sunday she adds to the same story and explains why various pasta got it's name. Throughout the book it has various Italian words but since I don't know Italian I'm not real sure what they all meant, but it doesn't have so much that it leaves you s...
  • Laura
    I read this to my 4 year old and he was enraptured by the story Nonna told each week to get Leo to eat... each meal a new addition to the ongoing tale. My son is a picky eater so I thought this might appeal to him; he asked questions and guessed along with Leo what happens next.I love the art and it kinda reminded me of my family (although my family is primarily Hungarian). I found some of the Italian words challenging to pronounce because I don'...
  • Jess at Such a Novel Idea
    I received a copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in any way.This is a cute, clever book about a boy who doesn't like to eat, but loves the stories his grandma tells. Each week Nonna tells a story that uses the type of pasta she's cooked to capture his attention and get him to eat with the rest of the family.The artwork was quirky and adorable, but some of the pencil lines were show...
  • Anna (BooksandBookends)
    I received an ARC copy of this book by the book's publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Full review to be posted here as well as on Books and Bookends and Amazon UK in April 2015.Leo does not want to eat when he goes to his grandma's house but her phenomenal story telling is about to change everything. Her stories and wonderful and even as an adult I became absorbed in the wonderful world she creates for her grandson. Just lik...
  • Toni Musco
    Eat, Leo! Eat! I liked the concept of using a story to motivate eating, this type of story seemed to warrant warmer and more emotionally driven illustrations. The book is intended to be read by very young readers, but it almost seems like it's written to be read by parents and grandmothers. The story about going to grandma's house seems a bit harsh to very young readers. I did like the composition, words, and style of the writing and the graphic ...
  • Barbra
    When Leo doesn’t want to eat Nonna’s lunches she comes up with an intriguing tale for each dish. The pages of this book are filled with vivid illustrations, tradition, and the love of food and family. With an additional list of Italian words, and pasta descriptions, it’s a great introduction to foreign cultures. Adults and children ages five to eight will eat it up. If you are of Italian heritage this is a great gift for your children and g...
  • Christina
    I liked the idea of this book, and the Italian words worked into the story. I found it a bit odd that pictures of the pasta and the pronunciation guide provided in the back do not match the pasta from the story at all. For a book that centers around pasta, the illustrations of the meals weren't that clear, and I wished I could see the pasta shapes that went along with the stories for each type better. All the stories behind the shapes of the past...
  • Sheri
    I liked this book because recalls family dinners on Sunday at Nonna's house. She explains with a story that goes on and on about the food they are eating and what the pasta's represent in the story. Then Leo wants to eat the dinner. Nice narrative and explanations of the choice of each dish for dinners. The family is involved and around a table together. Nice.
  • Jennifer
    I received this book through goodreads.I read this to my four year old son and he loved it. I had problems pronouncing some of the words (of course), but my son enjoyed. He started to read along with me the best he could when it would repeat itself when the grandmother told the story over again and added another detail at their Sunday lunch.Great read! Great illustrations.
  • Sue
    Listed in CCBC Choices 2016 under Picture Books for School-Age Children. Learn about pasta, learn to love stories at the dinner table and learn the cultural family background of the food we serve. Leo, while loving the stories, learns to love the pasta! I had a patron tell me how much she enjoyed reading this book with her grandson and wanted help finding more like it! Sweet Spot: Grades K-4