A Picture Book for Picky Eaters: I Don’t Like Cheese by Hannah Chandler


I Don’t Like Cheese by Hannah Chandler, illustrated by Lauren Merrick

Age Range: 4 – 7 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 2

Genre: Picture book

Hardcover: 24 pages

Publisher: Exisle Publishing (March 17, 2015)

Source: From publisher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Mike the mouse isn’t like other mice. He just won’t eat cheese. Fortunately, Ashley, the little human girl who lives in the house, feeds him lots of tasty treats: like pizza and tacos. But, hold on, don’t those have cheese in them?

This delightful picture book explores how even the fussiest eaters can be tempted to try new flavors. And, if you’re anything like Mike, you might find you develop quite a taste for international cuisine along the way! Written by Hannah Chandler when she was just 11 years old, I Don’t Like Cheese is hopefully the first of several adventures featuring Mike; now 12, Hannah is already planning the sequel.

About the Author:

Hannah Chandler used to dictate tales to her mum Renee to write down when she was just three. Her love of words and stories continued until, challenged by her principal to write a book, at the age of 11 she wrote I Don’t Like Cheese! Now still only 12 and not yet in high school, she’s planning the sequel.

About the Artist:

Lauren Merrick has always had a love of illustration. Growing up, most of her time was spent drawing and painting. This has continued into her adult life and she now works full-time as an illustrator. Lauren has completed a Design Certificate IV and an Advanced Diploma of Design and Illustration. She has developed her own whimsical illustration style, involving watercolour and paper-cut mediums. And for the record, she loves cheese!

My Thoughts:

This little gem is about a mouse that doesn’t like cheese.  He will only eat the food that his human friend gives him.  But when his friend goes on vacation, he’s left with nothing but cheese to eat and he realizes that it’s not as bad as he’d thought.  In fact, it’s pretty tasty.

Kids are picky eaters, there’s no question.  Often, trying a new food is all it takes to get them to eat it.  I Don’t Like Cheese is a good book for kids that don’t like trying new foods.  The simple watercolor illustrations are fun to look at and fit well with the writing.

I read this book to my kids several times and they really liked talking about the different foods that Mike eats.  It was also fun for them to learn which countries the foods they love come from.  They especially liked the ending when Mike realizes he loves cheese.

On a side note, the author was eleven years old when she wrote this!  How amazing is that?

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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    Adriana Garcia
    June 2, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Chandler is really going places if she's already published a book at twelve and a good one too.
    I actually don't like cheese straight up. I'll eat cheese on pizza but not on sandwiches or hamburgers.
    That's great that your children really got into I Don't Like Cheese. Striking up a conversation about a book will get kids more engaged in reading (:

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