From School Library Journal
Grade 1–3—Arnosky takes his nature storytelling one step further, adding music to the mix. This book takes a direct look at different animals and what they eat. It works well as a picture book, telling readers that if they were wild raccoons, or crocodiles, or great white sharks, they would "gobble up" crawdads, or ducklings, or fishes. The catchy song sung by the author on the accompanying CD adds the element of fun that's advertised. In recognizable, true-to-life acrylic illustrations that fill the spreads, the raccoon ambles into the forest, and a large crocodile opens its huge jaws to swallow up hapless little ducklings. The message, of course, is that this is what we must all do to survive. "We eat the food we have, and then—we have to hunt for food again!" With or without the music, this book will be sure to join Arnosky's others as favorites with youngsters eager to read about animals and with the storytime crowd as well.—Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY
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Survival in the wild-animal kingdom includes hunting, and this simple rhyming picture book shows the thrilling role of predators in the natural cycle. Young preschoolers will enjoy the standoff between animals pictured in the big, clear acrylic-on-watercolor paintings, whether it is the wild raccoon catching crawdads in the moonlight or the crocodile, with his open mouth and sharp teeth about to close on the cute little yellow ducklings (some do escape). Kids will join in the simple refrain: “Yes, you would. / You’d gobble them up and they’d taste good.” There are connections with playground situations: “If a great whale you could be . . . You’d pick a fight with the biggest kid.” And then there is the exception—the huge vegetarian panda that feeds all day on rare bamboo. With a CD included, this is sure to be a winner for its action and facts about the everyday hunt for survival. Pair this with How Many Ways Can You Catch a Fly? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Preschool. --Hazel Rochman