Fruit bowl / Mark Hoffmann.

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      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: A tomato tries to convince his fellow companions that he belongs in the fruit bowl too, but his efforts prove "fruitless" and will require the authorative voice of Old Man Produce to settle the debate.
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    • ABNT:
      HOFFMANN, M. Fruit bowl. First edition. [s. l.]: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. ISBN 9781524719913. Disponível em: Acesso em: 26 set. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Hoffmann M. Fruit Bowl. First edition. Alfred A. Knopf; 2018. Accessed September 26, 2020.
    • APA:
      Hoffmann, M. (2018). Fruit bowl (First edition.). Alfred A. Knopf.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Hoffmann, Mark. 2018. Fruit Bowl. First edition. Alfred A. Knopf.
    • Harvard:
      Hoffmann, M. (2018) Fruit bowl. First edition. Alfred A. Knopf. Available at: (Accessed: 26 September 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Hoffmann, M 2018, Fruit bowl, First edition., Alfred A. Knopf, viewed 26 September 2020, .
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      Hoffmann, Mark. Fruit Bowl. First edition., Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Hoffmann, Mark. Fruit Bowl. First edition. Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
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      Hoffmann M. Fruit bowl [Internet]. First edition. Alfred A. Knopf; 2018 [cited 2020 Sep 26]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2018 May #2

Every fruit is welcome to the fruit-bowl party: peach, apple, grape, and tomato! Wait—tomato? Pepper's not buying it: "You're being kind of saucy." Neither is banana: "You'll have to split." But Tomato is armed with evidence, and after gathering the dubious fruits together, he lectures them on how they all began as flowers. Furthermore, not all fruit is sweet; some are tangy, tart, or sour. Finally, in the book's funniest turn, the fruits journey to wise, wrinkled Old Man Produce. It's a plum who, like some mystic sage, asks philosophical questions like "If the tomato is not a fruit, is he not delicious?" Duly convinced, the fruits' final shock is the sudden cavalcade of other fruits they didn't know about: a squash, a pickle, a zucchini, and more. Hoffmann brings the foods to life with big, bright, often extreme close-up illustrations, with all-cap hand-lettering adding to the emphatic vibe. No doubt kids will learn a thing or two, and have some light chuckles along the way. Grades K-2. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2019 Spring

Is Tomato a vegetable or a fruit? A kitchen's worth of produce wants to know. Following much pun-filled discussion (Artichoke: "Where's his heart?"), everyone turns to Old Man Produce (a wrinkled, prune-like edible) for the verdict. Hoffman takes this one-note joke impressively far, and the sumptuous art will have young readers hankering for a fruit (or is it vegetable?) salad. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 April #3

After a mother enlists her child's help in putting newly purchased vegetables and fruits away, the young speaker, whose presence appears only as a word balloon, greets the fruits as old friends: "Oh, Pear. I'm glad you're back in season." The kid makes sure each one gets safely into the bowl, but why is Tomato trying to crash the party? "You belong in the fridge with the other vegetables," says the child. Savvy Tomato has the facts on his side: he started out as a seed, he explains, as did many of his comrades who are usually classified as vegetables and now demand their rightful place in the blue fruit bowl, too. In his first foray as writer and illustrator, Hoffmann (illustrator of You Can Read) offers a fun, brain-teasing food literacy lesson that's a cornucopia of produce and wordplay. His naive-styled fruits—they look like generously proportioned cut-outs with stick arms and legs—have vivid personalities, and their gouache colors are positively juicy. Ages 3–7. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (June)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.