If An Armadillo Went to a Restaurant

If An Armadillo Went to a Restaurant

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by Ellen Fischer, Laura Wood
     
 


Slurp, munch, crunch! Little hands will be turning the page to find out the real meals of animals! Would an armadillo order spaghetti with meatballs if she went to a restaurant? No way! Through a series of humorous questions and answers, young readers learn about animals, where they live, and what they eat.See more details below

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Slurp, munch, crunch! Little hands will be turning the page to find out the real meals of animals! Would an armadillo order spaghetti with meatballs if she went to a restaurant? No way! Through a series of humorous questions and answers, young readers learn about animals, where they live, and what they eat.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/28/2014
While the title may suggest the freewheeling and unlikely chains of events of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and its ilk, Fischer and Wood actually have the opposite idea in mind. One by one, Fischer asks what nine animals might order at their local neighborhood restaurants: “If a sea turtle crawled into a lagoon buffet, what would he order? Fried chicken with gravy?” The replies are resounding (“No sir!”), followed by explanations of what the animals actually like to eat (in the case of the sea turtle, it’s “Crabs and shrimp with a jellyfish on top”). Fischer’s playful tone and Wood’s humorous cartoons are an enjoyable combination, though the project as a whole is an odd mix of whimsy and fact. While Fischer makes it clear that a butterfly is more interested in lilac nectar than oatmeal, for example, the accompanying illustration shows the insect sipping the former through a bendy straw. While fun, the animals’ anthropomorphic tendencies (“Eight forks, please” for the octopus) can seem at odds with the semi-serious aims of the text. Up to age 7. (July)
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A Foreword Reviews' 2014 IndieFab Award Finalist for Picture Books

Featured in BuzzFeed, recommended alongside Disney Junior's TV show Go, Diego, Go!

"My kids loved the book. It was the go-to nighttime story. It was on the couch when I got home, which would tell me that they read it again last night."—Gavin Kaysen, Chef & Owner of Spoon and Stable restaurant, guest judge on Bravo TV's Top Chef, and competitor on the Food Network's The Next Iron Chef

"If [your kids] love Go, Diego, Go!, you should read them If an Armadillo Went to a Restaurant by Ellen Fischer and Laura Wood."—BuzzFeed

"Beginning with the spaghetti-twirling armadillo on the cover, Wood’s quirky creatures add to the humor, which might well spur listeners to make up some menus of their own." — Kirkus Reviews

"Subtly revealing where animals live, what they eat, and various unusual, fun facts, this book is sure to be a favorite. Each page presents a hilarious scenario of a rattlesnake, hedgehog, ostrich, or octopus (among others) eyeing a human menu, their preferences relayed with singsong questions and colorful, inventive pictures. ... Factual and funny, it’s a recipe for reading again and again." — Foreword Reviews

"This engaging picture book offers nine different animals the choice of human food before identifying what their preferred meal would be. ... The illustrations are lively and humorous, and there is even a small menu on the last page from which human readers can choose their favorite items for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This short text would be a great introduction to a unit on the preferred nutrition of various animals." — Reading Today Online

"If An Armadillo Went to a Restaurant offers children a funny yet factual “taste” of the culinary interests of some of our natural world’s most iconic animals. ...From catchy phrasing to “kid-cool” illustrations, this is a book that will add smiles to faces and fascinating conversations to meal time." — Glenn Dobrogosz, Executive Director, Greensboro Science Center, Zoo and Aquarium

"Yummy and yucky—the perfect formula for young readers to discover what animals eat. Ellen Fischer’s imaginative and informative picture book encourages readers to make mealtime connections between humans and a delightful assortment of creatures craving their favorite foods. A masterful menu of humor, fun, and facts!" — Betty Hicks, author of The Worm Whisperer

"As a classroom teacher for over 30 years I am delighted to recommend this book with its endless possibilities for vocabulary development and use of descriptive language in addition to the factual knowledge presented. The clever ending offers a springboard for oral language development as well as writing." — Ricki Gray, Classroom teacher, Guilford County, NC

Children's Literature - Debra Lampert-Rudman
If an Armadillo Went to a Restaurant opens with an illustration of a wide-eyed armadillo burrowing into an underground restaurant and having difficulty ordering spaghetti and meatballs. He then appears above ground with open eyes and mouth about to eat a plate of ants and worms. While armadillos are insectivores, they also have poor eyesight and a very neat, sticky tongue to grab insects, so a less wide eyed appearance and longer tongue would improve the level of accuracy in this picture book. There are several other inaccuracies in the selected foods of the various animals slithering or fluttering into a variety of eateries, each animal first ordering people food and then happily eating their correct food. As an “if not this, then that” type of picture book, it is pleasant but as a science, food, or animal-related text it is seriously lacking. The final page headlined “What Would You Order” includes very few healthy choices for hungry children. Reviewer: Debra Lampert-Rudman; Ages 4 to 7.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-30
What do animals eat? In question-and-answer form, the human narrator compares animal restaurant orders with her own.This lengthy joke follows a repetitive pattern. There's a question that includes the usual locomotive pattern and habitat of one of nine interesting creatures. A silly answer is followed by a more sensible one. "If a RATTLESNAKE slithered through a desert cafeteria, what would she choose?" Not "[b]eans and rice" but "[s]everal rodents and a lizard." Sea turtles crawl, butterflies flutter, wallabies hop, hedgehogs "[stop] by a forest food court," ostriches run, and octopuses swim; the animals are of both sexes. The only variation in the pattern is in the pacing. Some questions and answers occupy a spread; others include the page turn. Beginning with the spaghetti-twirling armadillo on the cover, Wood's quirky creatures add to the humor, which might well spur listeners to make up some menus of their own. The author and illustrator have their giraffe eating from wild apricot trees rather than the acacias that are so prevalent in the giraffes' savanna habitat. While their diet includes wild apricots and mimosa, acacias are at its core.A good joke that lost its way a bit. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781938063398
Publisher:
Mighty Media, Inc.
Publication date:
07/29/2014
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
466,700
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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