This book was a fun one! The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman was suggested to me a few times and it did not disappoint!

Flipping through the pages, I knew they would be drawn in by the hilarious story and accompanying illustrations set to catchy rhyme (the artist, Marla Frazee deserves as much credit as the author in this one!).

Without asking them to sit down for a story, I just started reading it, and they all swarmed in like bees to honey – even the big kids!

The poem is about a mother who has seven kids in rapid succession (like us, but with a bonus, ha!), each with very distinct dietary preferences that wear the poor mother down by the time the finishing set of twins arrive!

An accidental conglomeration of their favored flavors results in the most wonderful birthday cake their mother has ever had, and from then on, mother needs only to make one cake that pleases everybody instead of catering to seven picky palettes!

This book is mostly nonsensical, but it is a great introduction to poetry, and shows how captivating even a silly story can be when it’s cleverly structured by rhythm.

The Seven Silly Eaters is a fun read for the younger crowd (Ages 3-7), but expect older kids to suspiciously sneak into the room for a listen, too.