What Animals Really Likeby Fiona Robinson
When the National Animal Choir performs the latest song by renowned composer and conductor Mr. Herbert Timberteeth, nothing goes exactly as planned. Mr. Timberteeth has some preconceived notions of what animals like to do that are reflected in his song. But it turns out that lions prefer flower arranging to prowling and shrimp would rather ski than swim! With all
When the National Animal Choir performs the latest song by renowned composer and conductor Mr. Herbert Timberteeth, nothing goes exactly as planned. Mr. Timberteeth has some preconceived notions of what animals like to do that are reflected in his song. But it turns out that lions prefer flower arranging to prowling and shrimp would rather ski than swim! With all the dissension and mayhem, will the show still go on? This hilarious picture book delivers a subtle message about stereotyping that kids, who are so often pigeonholed, will appreciate.
Awards and Praise for What Animals Really Like
2012 Winner of the Irma S. Black & James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature
"Robinson's story will keep children giggling at the beaver’s frustrated reactions and the animals’ unpredictable preferences. Encore!"
"Guffaws and surprising twists will have youngsters clamoring for a repeat performance. Brava!"
World-famous conductor Herbert Timberteeth (an aptly named beaver) is about to debut his new song, "What Animals Like Most."
The curtain parts with a horizontal gatefold to reveal all of the performers stretched out on stage. The lions begin the show. They unenthusiastically sing, "We are lions, and we like to prowl." Reluctant wolves chime in with "We are wolves, and we like to howl." The pigeons predictably follow suit. "We are pigeons, and we like to coo." But the cows, with mischievous grins, sing, "We are cows, and we like to ... / ... dig," gleefully whipping out spades and shovels to emphasize their point. Dig?! A stern glare from Timberteeth stops the shenanigans, and the song continues. But soon other animals start changing the lyrics too. Do kangaroos really like to hop around? No, they much prefer Ping-Pong. Do worms like to wiggle? No, they like to bowl! Timberteeth throws his baton down in disgust. These darn animals are ruining the show. Or maybe they are just tired of being misunderstood! Robinson's pen-and-ink illustrations pack plenty of visual wit, too. A shrimp (who likes to ski) has multiple broken legs, and by the end, the monkeys (who like buffets) are snoozing off food comas.
Guffaws and surprising twists (plus Timbertooth's exaggerated tantrums) will have youngsters clamoring for a repeat performance. Brava!(Picture book. 4-8)
- Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
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- Product dimensions:
- 10.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 7 Years
Meet the Author
Fiona Robinson is the author-illustrator of The Useful Moose: A Truthful, Moose-full Tale and The 3-2-3 Detective Agency. She has been praised by Publishers Weekly for her “humor tinged with heart,” and her work has been honored by the Royal Academy of Arts. She lives with her family in Brooklyn.
- Date of Birth:
- May 19, 1976
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