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I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato

By Lauren Child


Lola is a fussy eater who dislikes carrots, peas, potatoes, mushrooms, spaghetti, eggs, sausages, cauliflower, cabbage, baked beans, bananas, oranges, apples, rice, cheese, fish sticks, and absolutely TOMATOES! Unfortunately, her brother, Charlie, sometimes has to be in charge of her dinner and keeps an eye on her to finish eating this wild range of food. He has to find creative ways to turn disliked foods into tempting treats. So carrots become twiglets from Jupiter and peas become droplets from Greenland. Mashed potatoes become cloud fluff from the pointiest peak of Mount Fuji and fish sticks become ocean nibbles from the supermarket under the sea. The most disgusting food for Lola – tomatoes – now becomes moonsquirters! Smart Charlie successfully made her sister tempt to clean her plates.

Guidelines for Philosophical Discussion

By Sandy Hsu

The book I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child creates a fabulous world in which there are awesome food you can wait to eat such as orange twiglets from Jupiter, green drops from Greenland, cloud fluff from the pointiest peak of Mount Fuji, ocean nibbles from the supermarket under the sea. The story starts at Charlie who is the big brother of Lola she is a fussy eater. In order to make his sister Lola eats the food she dislikes, Charlie uses his imagination and creativity to change her mind not only try everything she disliked but eat very happily.

The first philosophical question we could face is does Charlie tell a lie for telling Lola that she is eating orange twiglets from Jupiter instead carrots. Is playing a trick a deception? Someone will explain that is a game not a lie; so what lie is. If telling a lie is saying something wrong and fake deliberately, it could say Charlie is lying. Or could it possible just playing a game because Lola is happy, lying seems make others sad or angry. How about tell a white lie, is it a game or a lie?

In this fancy world which created by Charlie, Lola not only ate the stuff she dislike also tried the tomatoes which she said she will never not ever eat it at the end. Why Lola does not like carrots, peas, potatoes, fish sticks and tomatoes so much in the real world but she was attracted by those foods in the creative world and said: “quite tasty.” What is the difference between carrots and orange twiglets from Jupiter, peas and green drops from Greenland, potatoes and cloud fluff from the pointiest peak of Mount Fuji, fish sticks and ocean nibbles from the supermarket under the sea? Are both them real and exist or not?

Additionally, it is very interesting that Lola use “never not ever” to express how strongly she will not eat a tomato and it shows on the title of the book “I will Never not Ever Eat a Tomato.” Ironically, Lola ate the tomatoes at the end although she will say she did not eat tomatoes; she ate moonsquirters. In the language, what is “never” mean and what percentage are of an event “never” happen. It supposed to be zero percentage, but the thing which never happen it happened. What’s wrong with Lola? Is she a person different inside and outside? Is Lola wrong because she does not insist enough? What changed “never” to “ever” is this book and what changed “dislike” to “like”. Moreover, when someone say “never say never”, will you agree or disagree? Finally, the story is coming from Charlie wants Lola eat everything she disliked. But why Lola has to eat everything and why it is important to eat healthy?

Questions for Philosophical Discussion


Charlie said “Oh, you think these are carrots. These are not carrots. These are orange twiglets from Jupiter.”

  1. Does Charlie deceive his sister?
  2. Is tricking someone into believing something the same as lying?
  3. Have you told a lie before? What is your feeling after you tell a lie?
  4. Why do you think it is okay to lie and why not?
  5. What makes it okay to lie?
  6. How would you feel if your best friend lied to you but it was for your own good?

Imagination and Reality

Lola tried the orange twiglets from Jupiter and she took another bite.

  1. What is the orange twiglets from Jupiter? What is the carrot?
  2. How do you think Lola can eat orange twiglets from Jupiter?
  3. Why do you think the object “carrot” and “orange twiglets” are the same object or different?
  4. Why Lola did not eat carrot but she ate twiglet from Jupiter?
  5. Why do you think “orange twiglets from Jupiter, green drops from Greenland, cloud fluff from the pointiest peak of Mount Fuji, ocean nibbles from the supermarket under the sea, and moonsquirters” exist in the world or not?
  6. Why do you like to play make-believe or why not?
  7. Why do you think Lola believes that tomatoes are moonsquirters?
  8. How do you know what is real?
  9. What is the difference between “make-believe” and “real”?

Never not ever

When Lola was sitting at the table, waiting for her dinner and she said: “I absolutely will never not ever eat a tomato.”

  1. What does Lola said what she said?
  2. Why does Lola eat the tomatoes the end of the stories?
  3. How do you know she changed her mind?
  4. What do you think about never said never?
  5. What do you think about “what if”?

Eating Healthy

Sometimes Charlie has to give Lola her dinner, but he said it is difficult because she is a very fussy eater.

  1. Why do you think Charlie wants Lola to eat everything?
  2. Do you think Charlie eat everything, why or why not?
  3. Why is it important to eat healthy?

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