Here's an unusual picture book that might be just right for your fussy eater. I Only Like Toast is written by Greg Knagge and Jo Fiedler, and illustrated by Shane Devries. It was published by One Goat Creative, an Australian company, and designed to be a companion to Cauliflower Conspiracy, a book which contains advice and recipes to help encourage healthy eating habits in young children.
I only like toast,
It's the food I like most.
The young heroine is determined to stick to her boring diet, but when she finally tries some vegetables, things change. It's a fun story that kids will relate to, especially if they're picky about their food. There is a lot of repetition too, making it ideal for beginning readers.
The illustrations are so unusual - they are in sepia tones which reflect the mood, but have occasional colour highlights. There are lots of little animal characters that pop up on different pages throughout the story, and kids will enjoy looking for them. The style is quirky and cartoonish - perfect for this sort of picture book.
I Only Like Toast would make an interesting choice for a teaching unit on Food. Kids could innovate on the text to create a rhyme of their own about what they do and don't like to eat. It would make a great focus for a class tasting activity or a class recipe book. And it might just make a fussy eater laugh, and wonder if she should try some different foods too.