Me Hungry!

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An inventive Stone Age boy takes matters into his own hands in a humorous, satisfying story for every young child who wants something NOW. Now a board book!

"Me hungry!" the boy pleads. "Me busy," say his preoccupied mom and dad. So the boy decides to go hunting, setting his sights on an elusive rabbit, a prickly porcupine, a too-mean tiger, and finally, a like-minded mammoth who’s more than happy to help. With comical, energetic illustrations and a simple, repetitive text, this child-friendly tale will have ...

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Overview

An inventive Stone Age boy takes matters into his own hands in a humorous, satisfying story for every young child who wants something NOW. Now a board book!

"Me hungry!" the boy pleads. "Me busy," say his preoccupied mom and dad. So the boy decides to go hunting, setting his sights on an elusive rabbit, a prickly porcupine, a too-mean tiger, and finally, a like-minded mammoth who’s more than happy to help. With comical, energetic illustrations and a simple, repetitive text, this child-friendly tale will have little listeners fully engaged right up to the funny final twist.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Naomi Butler
"Me hungry," says Edwin. But Mom and Dad are just too busy to help him get a snack. What is a cave boy to do? In Jeremy Tankard's hilarious prehistoric picture book, a brave young boy goes on a quest to find his own dinner and in the process meets a number of creatures ready to teach him all about a human's proper place in the world—and a thing or two about friendship as well. The sly humor and bold colors make this read-aloud book fun for all. The arrangement of the pictures and the text make for very colorful and attractive pages that all ages will love. There is no doubt, even for young children, what is happening on each page. The few words on each page can be used even for the young children to repeat and to get into what is happening. The simple expressions should be interpretable for every age. A clever teacher/parent or librarian can make this book one of those that young children want read over and over. Reviewer: Naomi Butler
School Library Journal

PreS-K

Sometimes parents are too preoccupied to help their children get a snack-even in prehistoric times. When a young cave boy tells his parents, "Me hungry!" all he gets in response is a loud, "Me busy!" What's a Stone Age boy to do? He hunts, of course. But a rabbit eludes him, a porcupine is too sharp, and a tiger is too mean to tangle with. A hungry mammoth is the perfect catch-the new friends find food together. Tankard's bold, thick black lines, done in ink and digital media, outline the youngster and his many choices for a snack, allowing the characters to jump off the monochromatic pages. Minimal but effective text perfectly complements the expressive prehistoric family. This energetic story comes full circle with a humorous punch line that will make all children with busy parents laugh out loud.-Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY

Kirkus Reviews
"Me hungry!" whines a Stone Age lad. "Me busy!" answer both of his annoyed parents. "Me hunt!" he proclaims. But that doesn't work out either, as all the animals he meets are uncooperative or downright scary. Finally he (literally) runs into a mammoth who's willing to lift him into an apple tree. "You just right!" the boy declares. "We friends!" Tankard illustrates this pithy text with similarly simple views of a tousled, jug-eared child clad in skins and sneakers, posing amid piles of rocks with a placid, curly-tusked behemoth. There's a Chris Raschka feel to both the art and the episode, and younger children will also enjoy the boy's smart two-word (no, not those two) response when his club-wielding Dad at last calls him home for dinner. You buy! (Picture book. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763633608
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 4/22/2008
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.79 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeremy Tankard worked as a graphic designer and commercial illustrator before embarking on a career as a children’s book author and illustrator. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, he now lives in Toronto, Canada.

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