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Chew on This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food

Chew on This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food

Spring 2006 Non-Fiction
Ages: 10 & Up
Author: Charles Wilson
Author: Eric Schlosser
ISBN: 0618710310
Hardcover Price: $16.00
There is irony in the title of this expose of fast food. After reading it, you don't really want to chew on anything. This is a spin-off for young readers of the authors' expose for adults, Fast Food Nation. While this is a book with a decidedly strong message, it is an important one. The history of fast food is not only explored, it is mined for all the unpleasant truths behind the facades. The gory details of the beastly ways the animals that become our fast food are treated, is stomach-turning. This book will be extremely popular as grist for reports and ammunition for young vegetarians. But be forewarned: Give them this book and they’ll be guaranteed to follow you around reading passages out loud.

The authors' suggestion at the end of the book that a reader can go to a fast food restaurant, study all the material, and “turn and walk out the door,” is impractical. If anyone is inside, it's already too late.

Kemie Nix   ©2006 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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