Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds
Written by: Aaron Reynolds
Illustrated by: Dan Santat
Chronicle Books, August 2013, Fiction
Suitable for ages: 4-8
Themes/Topics: nature, differences, self-awareness, accepting who you are
Brief Synopsis: The lion, great white shark and timber wolf are feeling misunderstood and sad because other animals fear them just because they eat their relatives.
Opening pages: “The lion is known throughout the animal kingdom as the “”king of beasts.” The great white shark is the most feared predator in the oceans. And the Timber wolf’s howl strikes terror into the hearts of fuzzy woodland creatures everywhere. But even SAVAGE CARNIVORES get their feelings hurt.
Why I like this book: Carnivores is hilarious. The lion, great white shark and timber wolf are feeling rejected. They come up with ideas so the other animals will like them but their solutions fail because it’s just not the way the animal kingdom works. They are predators and come to accept themselves as they are…and at the end you learn they truly are what they are…carnivores. Belly laugh funny!
7 thoughts on “Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds”
Oh, that cover is hilarious. Can’t wait to see what my toddler thinks of this one.
I’m always a sucker for a funny picture book!
Sounds like a very unique book — three very different predators. I’m curious how the shark gets connects because it is a creature of water. Kids will enjoy this story.
Clever writing Patricia!
This one is too funny, right?!
I told my 18 year old he would love it!
I love the idea of a book that tries to garner sympathy for carnivores 🙂 With a team like Reynolds and Santat, this MUST be a good one! Thanks for sharing, Keila – I’ll have to go read this one!