A cumulative tale of gathering potency that riffs on Jonah and the Whale.
The first page of this tale is a dodge: A young boy with goo-goo eyes scooters off with his sister for a day in the forest near their idyllic woodland cottage. Yawn—apparently. The pen-and-ink drawing is pretty nifty, so it doesn’t hurt to move ahead anyway. And that is for the best, as goo-goo eyes gets eaten by a Gulper. His sister, taking umbrage, gives chase, but before she can reach the Gulper, it is eaten by a Grabular. So it goes, with the sister in pursuit—on evermore inventive contraptions—and each crazy creature being devoured by a yet crazier one. The sister gets the Saber-toothed Yumper in the end, forcing it to disgorge all its stomach’s contents, including the goo-goo–eyed brother, who turns out to be a tough dude after all. Things could be said here about the importance of persistence and the glories of sisters, all being true, but it might be best to see this book as a clever eye-catcher with a nicely tied-up story—there's nothing at all wrong with that.
A very merry, lighthearted entanglement. (Picture book. 4-9)