Time to Eat

Time to Eat

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by Steve Jenkins, Robin Page

It’s time to eat! Which animals eat bamboo, can gulp down a whole deer, or swallow rocks to help them eat?


It’s time to eat! Which animals eat bamboo, can gulp down a whole deer, or swallow rocks to help them eat?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Part of a trio of new small-format picture books about animals, this guide to their dietary habits is anchored by the characteristically naturalistic yet artful collages readers have come to expect from this husband-and-wife team. Several animals are highlighted on each spread, set against white backdrops that keep all the attention on the art. Moments of levity balance the information being parceled out: "Ouch!" shouts an "unlucky grasshopper," who has just been impaled on a thorn by a butcherbird. Back matter provides even more information about the 17 featured animals. Also available: Time to Sleep and Time for a Bath. Ages 4–8. (May)
From the Publisher

"The real zoological factsare as thrilling as monster stories....The beautiful cut- and torn-paper collage illustrations are as expertly colored, detailed, and expressive as in the creators' previous titles, and the layout, featuring plenty of white space, nicely spotlights each animal in action....Another stand-out science title from the husband-and-wife team."—Booklist, starred review"These will be an effective way to introduce animal habits and to link them to human behavior, and they may elicit audience interest in further discussion and exploration." —Bulletin

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Within a smaller format than usual, Jenkins and Page explore the unusual eating habits of seventeen creatures. A few comments on each per single or double age are enhanced by added clever or challenging notes. At the end of the book, there is more factual information on each animal. Included are the giant panda, the tick, the shrew, the acorn woodpecker, the chipmunk, the butcherbird, the black widow spider, the crucifix toad, the anaconda, the ostrich, the dung beetle, the pelican, the giant hawk moth, the aye-aye, the tiger shark, the black rat, and the baby blue whale. Unlike the companion books on bathing and sleeping, there's little here that relates to human behavior. Readers may find habits like that of the dung beetle rolling its fecal dinner in a ball, or the shrew chewing a live worm, or the butcherbird impaling a grasshopper on a thorn for fresh meat, disgusting. The illustrations are, as usual, incredibly naturalistic cut-and-torn paper collage. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—While readers' meal of choice may be different from that of the dung beetle, Jenkins and Page will convince youngsters to be thankful that those creatures thrive on animal waste. Providing a brief glimpse of the unusual eating habits of 17 animals supplemented by informational endnotes, the authors show respect and appreciation for the animal kingdom in their thoughtful and clear presentation of the facts. They also provide a touch of humor in occasional asides, as in the imagined voices of the animals: "I can't believe I ate the whole thing!" says the stuffed-full anaconda. As can be expected, the illustrations are astounding. Jenkins's signature cut-and-torn paper collages and textures are remarkable. The artist works with a gorgeous selection of papers and through his collage techniques manages wonderful contrasts, such as smooth bamboo against the soft fur of the giant panda. With phenomenal illustrations and facts both revolting and fascinating, this title is sure to please.—Heather Acerro, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Edition description:
First Edition
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Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.43(d)
920L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated many nonfiction picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor-winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, eye-popping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page, and their children.

Robin Page lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband and collaborator, Steve Jenkins, and their three children. Along with writing and illustrating children’s books, Steve and Robin run a graphic design studio.

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