Gregory, the Terrible Eater, wants orange juice and eggs for breakfast. His parents are terribly upset! Why can’t Gregory eat striped ties and violins, like the rest of the goats? Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey have entered into the spirit of Mitchell Sharmat’s upside-down, turned-around world with bold, wacky, expressive illustrations. The trio’s exuberant collaboration provokes healthy laughter and even includes a colorful chart which gives fresh meaning to the concept of “junk food.”
Mitchell Sharmat, a graduate of Harvard University, has written numerous picture books, easy readers, and novels, and is a contributor to many textbook reading programs. He is best known for the classic Gregory, the Terrible Eater, a Reading Rainbow Feature Selection and a New York Times Critics’ Pick. In Mitchell Sharmat’s honor, The Sharmat Collection, displaying the books he has written, was established at the Harvard Graduate School of Education by the Munroe C. Gutman Library.
Jose Aruego was a lawyer before becoming a children’s book illustrator. . A native of the Philippines, he moved to New York City in 1956 to study at Parsons School of Design. His cartoons were published in the New Yorker and the Saturday Evening Post, and his illustrations can be seen in Five Little Ducks by Raffi, as well as in the 82 children’s books he wrote himself. He died in 2012.