Did You Eat the Parakeet? – Mark Iacolina

   Did You Eat the Parakeet? – Mark Iacolina, Farrar Straus Giroux, (9780374305888), 2018

Format: Hardcover Picture book

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

 What did you like about the book? The audience is always in the know in this story which will make kids love it.  A cute, happy little green bird flies out of his cage and lands on a plant unknown to the little girl who has a little pink mouse in her pocket.  She looks at her cat and asks, “Did you eat the parakeet? He was right there on his tiny seat!” The bird has now settled on the little girl’s head.  “He was singing a tune just an hour ago.  Did you eat him?  I want to know!”  The mischievous bird is taking full advantage of the poor cat’s dilemma by acting out the girl’s emotions while sitting on her head.  The mouse in her pocket is doing the same.  Stick-figure characters outlined in black perfectly complement this wonderful, funny, rhyming story.

Anything you did not like about the book?  Perfect!

 To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a great readaloud for storytimes, especially if you are doing a humor-themed one.

 Who should buy this book? Public libraries, lower elementary school libraries and day-care centers

 Where would you shelve it?  Picture books

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  YES!

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 7/11/2018

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