I Will Eat You by Giada Francia, illustrated by Agnese Baruzzi. Holiday House, 9780823440313, 2018.
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 2
What did you like about the book? In this fold-out book, highly stylized and attractive computer graphics explain how big things eat small things that eat tiny things. The worm says “I will eat you” to the apple, not realizing that he’ll be eaten by a bird that is in turn eaten by a cat. Each fold-out faces an illustration of the appropriate biome, in which one can search for the animals and plants features in the food chain. A two page spread at the end of the book names all the features animals and plants.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The animals were cartoonish enough that I didn’t always recognize them (the cat is green, the bobcat has a long tail.) I was dubious about the accuracy of some of the food chains (do jaguars eat alligators?) Also, the text is the same on every page — “I will eat you” — very monotonous. Although the pages and binding seem sturdy, I don’t think the book would hold up to heavy wear. I can envision flaps being squashed or torn off.
To whom would you recommend this book? The master works of Steve Jenkins (Actual Size, Big & Little, Move, etc.) are lovely and absorbing takes on the animal kingdom and far superior.
Who should buy this book? Not for libraries.
Where would you shelve it ? 577.16
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Susan Harari, Keefe Library, Boston Latin School, Boston, MA
Date of review: October 29, 2018