Carnivores: A Review

CarnivoresCarnivores by Aaron Reynolds and Dan Santat

If you are a fan of Lane Smith, Jon Klassen, or Jon Scieszka, you will love this new picture book about the  misunderstood animals at the top of the food chain.  Poor lion, shark, and wolf!  They try to get along with their plant-eating neighbors, but the bunnies and fishes and zebras seem to hold grudges, just because this threesome munches on their friends and neighbors.  Fun for kids, but also a hilarious spoof on foodie trends and self-actualization.  It does have a sweet–and humorous–message about self-acceptance, and the pictures are filled with engaging images and little details to keep readers engaged.  Aaron Reynolds is also the author of Creepy Carrots, a Caldecott Honor Book; he writes that though he “spent six years as a vegetarian, he is now a committed carnivore.”  While we don’t know the eating habits of illustrator Dan Santat, we do recognize his work from many picture books as well as the animated television hit The Replacements.  A book to savor (heh, heh).

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