WORMS FOR LUNCH? by Leonid Gore


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Age Range: 3 - 7
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“Who eats worms for lunch?” Readers will have to wait until the end to find out. While a worried-looking worm looks on, Mouse rather gleefully shouts, “Not me!” A turn of the die-cut gatefold reveals that Mouse much prefers a large chunk of cheese. But look out, Mouse—you may be on the menu for the cat…or perhaps she would prefer a bowl of milk. Gore continues in this manner, linking one page to the next so the story flows from mouse and cat, to cow, chick, bee, girl, pelican and, finally, to the fish that would love to devour those worms. The artwork is well suited to both larger audiences and smaller children, with big characters, a spare background and simple details to keep the focus on the lunch choices. Bright colors and amusing facial expressions add to the humor inherent in any exercise of matching creature to foodstuff. Textures given to the acrylic paints in their application give the animals a hint of three-dimensionality while also allowing readers to guess what they might feel like. Sure to be a popular choice for storytimes, with its short sentences and simple vocabulary, this is also a solid choice for beginning readers. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-545-24338-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2011


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