IF AN ARMADILLO WENT TO A RESTAURANT by Ellen Fischer

IF AN ARMADILLO WENT TO A RESTAURANT

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Age Range: 4 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

What do animals eat? In question-and-answer form, the human narrator compares animal restaurant orders with her own.

This lengthy joke follows a repetitive pattern. There’s a question that includes the usual locomotive pattern and habitat of one of nine interesting creatures. A silly answer is followed by a more sensible one. “If a RATTLESNAKE slithered through a desert cafeteria, what would she choose?” Not “[b]eans and rice” but “[s]everal rodents and a lizard.” Sea turtles crawl, butterflies flutter, wallabies hop, hedgehogs “[stop] by a forest food court,” ostriches run, and octopuses swim; the animals are of both sexes. The only variation in the pattern is in the pacing. Some questions and answers occupy a spread; others include the page turn. Beginning with the spaghetti-twirling armadillo on the cover, Wood’s quirky creatures add to the humor, which might well spur listeners to make up some menus of their own. The author and illustrator have their giraffe eating from wild apricot trees rather than the acacias that are so prevalent in the giraffes’ savanna habitat. While their diet includes wild apricots and mimosa, acacias are at its core.

A good joke that lost its way a bit. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: July 2nd, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-938063-39-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Scarletta Press
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2014




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