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What's for Dinner?: Quirky, Squirmy Poems from the Animal World (Junior Library Guild Selection (Charlesbridge Hardcover)) Hardcover – February 1, 2011

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Biology, verse, and colorful cartoons make a fun combination in this collection of 29 poems in which the wordplay is sometimes as gruesome as the science. The dermestid beetle can �pick brains and nostrils clean� for lunch. The praying mantis devours her mate (�Severs his head / Right off his neck . . . / He tastes delicious!�). The vibrant, cartoon-style illustrations on thick paper with lots of white space show the wild predators and prey in their amazing variety. On one double-page spread, a mole grabs a slug that then glides away, saved by its mouth-numbing slime, which makes the mole gag and throw up. And there is more irreverent science in the long informative notes, printed on spacious pages at the back: �Much of the world�s dining is done on dung.� A great cross-curricular title for grade-schoolers, this concludes with a long bibliography for those who want more facts for classroom sharing or personal interest. Grades 2-5. --Hazel Rochman

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*STARRED REVIEW* The conclusion of this volume s title poem finding food / is not a joke. / Living things must eat / or croak with its blunt appraisal of the whey of the world per se, sets the tone of Hauth and Clark s graphic exploration of who eats what. As the poet delicately surveys the somewhat unsavory aspects of survival, the illustrator s hilarious watercolor-and-ink renderings defuse the deadliness of the subject matter. The result is an enriching overview of the natural world spiced with a Dorothy Parker esque sense of the macabre that children will absolutely relish. A telling example is Waste Management, in which a light treatment of the turkey vulture s carrion-loving ways It likes to feast before the worms, / which saves us all from stink and germs is dramatized. Serenely smiling, it pulls ruby, taffy-like sinews from a ribcage while a tiny fly rests on the tip of a cloven hoof separated from its former haunches by a bloody tire track. Other poems look at the wildly diverse ways in which organisms lure or capture their prey; still others break down sophisticated concepts like symbiosis and parasitism in brilliantly accessible terms. Delectable poetic lessons on the food chain designed to help young readers rather literally digest the natural world. --Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

Hauth's funny, eloquent poems celebrate the often-grisly realities of the food chain, depicted in Clark's scraggly ink and watercolor illustrations. A mole gags on a banana slug, a rat "gets a hug" from a boa constrictor, and a flattened toad becomes a roadkill restaurant ("In adjoining rooms, they dine al fresco--/ upper thigh for ants, lower thigh for wasps"). Readers will learn plenty along the way: "Eating Words," points out that "vore means eat" and "carni means meat," therefore, "carnivores eat/ snakes and lizards, deer and lamb,/ carrion, birds, fish, and ham." Appended notes provide additional animal facts. A satisfying mix of tutelage and repartee. --Publishers WeeklY --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 5
  • Series: Junior Library Guild Selection (Charlesbridge Hardcover)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570914710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570914713
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,022,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Concise and interesting descriptions of odd strategies that animals--ranging from sloths to dermestid beetles--use to fill their bellies. There's even a poem about a carnivorous plant--the Venus Fly-Trap! Examples of feeding strategies covered include a description of how the little brown bat turns its body into a sort of bowl to scoop up insects at night, and how the wood turtle stomps the ground with its feet to make a sound like rain that convinces the worms to surface--whereupon the turtle--you guessed it--eats them. And where else are you going to find "species" rhymed with "feces"...? Illustrations are lively--capture the joy and desperation of eating and being eaten, respectively.
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By Celeste on March 24, 2011
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What a terrific combination of quirky humor, scientific accuracy and beautiful illustrations! Even icky things are fun in this book. Every poem is uniquely laid out on the page with its illustration and many different kinds of rhythms and rhymes are used. Make sure to read all the way to the back of the book for the scientific info on each critter - I finally learned what a phalarope is. This book is good fun for everyone, kids and grown-ups alike. It's a real gift to the field of children's books.
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What a treasure of poetry and illustration!! A perfect book to illustrate the food chain and the balance needed in nature to insure our survial. An excellent, readable source of scientific information on a variety of animals, enhanced by extensive end notes. A great read for adults and students alike. My thanks to Katherine and David for creating such useful, energetic, informative, and humourous book that will be enjoyed by many throughout the years.
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By marianne mcguire on December 8, 2011
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I thought the poetry in "What's for Dinner" was outstanding! It was evident Hauth took extreme care and delight in carefully selecting each word in every selection. I would also add that Clark was not only in tune with Hauth but had himself a grand time illustrating her work. It's a book well worth reading and rereading. I find something new to chew on each time I go over it. Indeed, it's a book I highly recommend for all ages.
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I bought three copies of the book and gave two to friends. The poems are wonderfully engaging for multiple levels - my twin twelve-year-olds love reading them aloud. I've shared the poems with my high school colleagues who teach biology and they enjoyed the depth of research that is clearly evident. The illustrations certainly capture this excellent book of children's poetry.
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