Picky Eaters

Ellen Jackson, illus. by Amy-Clare Barden. Sterling, $7.95 (16p) ISBN 978-1-4549-1901-8
Attention children who won’t look beyond chicken fingers and fries at mealtime: you’re not alone. By lifting flaps, readers can discover the favorite foods of 10 animals, including koalas, caterpillars, pandas, and honeybees. Jackson’s rhymes never miss a beat, approaching the animals’ dietary habits with humor (“Giant whales can get their fill/ when they swallow tons of krill/ African egg-eating snakes/ swallow eggs as if they’re cakes”), and Barden’s softly textured digital illustrations bring a clean, fresh atmosphere to each page. The only downside? After celebrating so many finicky diets, it’s unclear how many kids will take seriously Jackson’s closing suggestion to “Put a new food on your plate.” Ages 3–7. Author’s agent: Kendra Marcus, Bookstop Literary. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 12/05/2016
Release date: 01/01/2017
Genre: Children's
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