Good Eating: The (Short) Life of Krill by Matt Lilley, illustrated by Dan Tavis


Good Eating: The (Short) Life of Krill by Matt Lilley, illustrated by Dan Tavis, Tilbury House Publishers, 2022. 9780884488675 

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

Format: Hardcover

What did you like about the book? Though “short” has been added to the title, krill can, in fact, live up to ten years.  Their life cycle is utterly fascinating. Beginning as an egg laid upon the water’s surface, they sink down, down, down, more than a mile, becoming an embryo as they fall.  Their shape changes from a sphere to an oval, growing six arms and pokey spines.  They form a shell which eventually splits apart, growing more spines.  Now swimming upward, they grow larger and spinier.  The shell splits again and then there are eyes – and a mouth and a stomach.  Time to eat. “Eat-grow-swim and swim-grow-eat.”  The shell splits again!  Eyes are sticking out, more legs appear.  Cracking out of its shell a few more times, they now have 26 legs and spots that light up!  (bioluminescent) They number in the millions – which is good since they are eaten by seals and whales, penguins and seagulls.

More facts are provided about krill with an illustrated life-cycle. Learning More includes suggested books, websites and games.  Tavis’s illustrations depict a realistic, but comical, creature filled with personality, living in a watery world.

Anything you did not like about the book? Nope.  Perfect.

To whom would you recommend this book? Though non-fiction, this would be a good choice for a fantastical sea-creature themed storytime.  Kids and adults who like learning about interesting creatures that include crustaceans in a very easy, understandable manner will not be disappointed.

Who should buy this book? Public and younger elementary school libraries/grades

Where would you shelve it? 595.389

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? I would, yes.

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

Date of Review: January 6, 2022

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