27 Apr


written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Dan Santat (2013)


Just look at those face.  How can you not feel sorry for them? They’re at the top of their food chains and have to take so much guff from those lesser herbivores who continually complain that their friends and family members are eaten. But they’re delicious! And really, the carnivores did try to exercise constraint. They formed a carnivore support group and pledged to go vegetarian. That didn’t work… the wolf claimed that ‘every single berry bush seemed to have a bunny inside’. They also tried wearing disguises so they would blend in with crowd… but the when the lion tried to dress like an antelope, they ‘smelled his zebra breath, and it was all over’. Eventually, they consulted with the wise old owl, who also happens to be a carnivore, and he reminds them that they’re not bad, they’re carnivores, it’s just what they do! The owl was right and ‘it turned out he was also delicious’. So now whenever another animal gets too close, they get eaten. After all, they’re not bad… THEY’RE CARNIVORES!

What a deliciously fabulous, if not a bit irreverent, picture book. The text and illustrations go together like surf and turf. Get yourself a copy soon and enjoy the tasty combination for yourself.

6 Responses to “Carnivores”

  1. trinitygrau April 29, 2014 at 10:48 PM #

    No way! I (actually, my brother) just got this book from the library! I do enjoy this book, very humorous.


    • Juliana Lee April 29, 2014 at 11:23 PM #

      I’d heard so much about it, I just had to get it for myself. Love the humor, but also love the message… different is just different, not bad! 🙂


  2. KidLitReviews April 27, 2014 at 11:19 PM #

    Two of Aaron’s PB in a row! You must like this fantastic illustrator. I think he is great. Carnivores is one of the most hilarious books from last year. I love the cover, but mostly the twisted ending, or rather, the twist at the end is fantastic–if you like sushi it is even better. :). Great PB.


    • Juliana Lee April 28, 2014 at 8:21 AM #

      You are so right! I love these books too. Carnivores has an even funnier twisted humor than Chicks and Salsa. So glad you like them too! You might like some of his older books too. Pirates vs Cowboys and Buffalo Wings are both good. And one I really like, which is very unlike these, is Back of the Bus. I may have to do a review of that as well. 🙂


  3. Catherine Johnson April 27, 2014 at 6:58 PM #

    I can’t wait to read this. What a hoot!


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