Let's Have a Bite!: A Banquet of Beastly Rhymes

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If you haven't heard, the whole animal kingdom is roaring its approval for Let's Have A Bite!, this collection of delectable rhymes about animals naughty and nice. With thirty-three delicious poems by Robert Forbes and zany illustrations of each featured creature (look out for a secret critter peeping out from each page) by a master cartoonist Ronald Searle, these wildly playful rhymes and charmingly intricate illustrations will keep readers seven to seventy coming back again ...

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Overview

If you haven't heard, the whole animal kingdom is roaring its approval for Let's Have A Bite!, this collection of delectable rhymes about animals naughty and nice. With thirty-three delicious poems by Robert Forbes and zany illustrations of each featured creature (look out for a secret critter peeping out from each page) by a master cartoonist Ronald Searle, these wildly playful rhymes and charmingly intricate illustrations will keep readers seven to seventy coming back again and again.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Chocolate bunnies, crying crocodiles, and fortune-telling seals star in Forbes and Searle's companion to 2007's Beastly Feasts! There's no shortage of offbeat characters (who become even more so in Searle's kinetic cartoons), including a color-changing emu, a well-dressed narwhal ("In the summer he needs no topper--/ His groovy shades are a real show-stopper"), and a photogenic buffalo. But many of Forbes's rhymes feel tired or overwrought (" ‘My time, your dime--what's up Little Pup?'/ Biggie Dog said on the phone./ ‘Some slime did a crime, beat me up,'/ Said Little Pup, ‘and stole my bone' "), and the goofiness never especially clever. Ages 6-up. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1–5—Thirty-three comic poems feature animals ranging from the exotic ("Theodore's Great Pitch," about a lemur brush salesman) to the fanciful ("The Chocolate Bunny") to the familiar ("Daniel Spaniel"). Some, like "Il Gatto," are clever: "An Italian cat is il gatto/Their word for big is grosso...." It continues in this vein, and by the end of the poem readers will know how to say, "The big bad cat is very fat!"—in Italian. A few of the verses lack an easy flow and maybe need to be practiced a time or two before reading aloud. In "Bug Thugs," readers are advised, "So, if you're itchy, never travel/To a place where on your arrival/You need a backscratcher for survival." It's not graceful enough for good poetry and not clunky enough for a clever tongue twister. Searle's zany watercolor and ink cartoons add considerable humor. In fact, in some cases the images outshine the writing. With so many colorful, funny poetry books available, this one should be considered an additional purchase.—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews

Thirty-three poems about antic animals, matched with equally madcap illustrations. "The Zoo VIP (Very Idle Panda)" describes how "The giant panda at the zoo / Just sits and chomps / On fresh bamboo." "A Busy Day for Goslings" follows a mother goose's outing with her brood Pip, Pop, Peep and Squeak. Other highlights include "Natty Nat" (an impeccably dressed narwhal), "Mean Cuisine" (a goat chef who cooks up crazy concoctions from foraged items), "Theodore's Great Pitch" (a lemur door-to-door salesman) and, with a nod toOgden Nash,"The Rhino's Wine" (a grape-harvesting family led by Amos the rhinoceros): "The wine of Amos is the last word: / Maqnifique in its ferocity: / The essence of rhinocerocity." Bunny, emu, seal, crocodile, dingo, octopus and vole are among the other subjects. Searle's accompanying pictures show most of the animals in action; impish details and busy backgrounds suggest Gahan Wilson or Quentin Blake. The quality of the verse is uneven, but there are several excellent selections in this generous compendium. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590204092
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/16/2010
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,384,426
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Forbes serves as the Vice President of the Forbes family business as well as the President of the life style magazine Forbes Life.

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