cover image HOW HUNGRY ARE YOU?

HOW HUNGRY ARE YOU?

Donna Jo Napoli, Author, Richard Tchen, Joint Author, Amy Walrod, Illust

In this delectable combination of practical math and generosity, 13 picnickers amass a true feast. The event starts small, with a chat between a pink rabbit and a green-freckled frog. "I'll make sandwiches if you bring bug juice," says the rabbit. After they assemble 12 bologna sandwiches and a drink jug, a rope-skipping monkey asks to come along: "My mom just made cookies. I could take a dozen." "Four sandwiches each and four cookies each," the rabbit figures, to which the frog says, "Yum." The three soon meet a blackbird who offers 12 rice puddings, twin turtles who share their gum and six more celebrants who contribute a watermelon. But when a fox (number 13) arrives empty-handed, Napoli and Tchen (previously paired for Spinners) show that sharing gets complicated. The animals argue before realizing they have enough for everybody: "Everyone gets half of each thing. Then we can see who's still hungry." Walrod, who created a cut-paper smorgasbord in The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza), keeps track of the buffet in fastidious collages. She deftly handles the script-style dialogue by placing a circular icon next to each spoken line; readers match the rebus portraits to the partygoers. The illustrator also labels food jars to advertise their tasty contents, and selects textured papers for concrete, grass and whole-wheat bread. Even the toughest economists will note the surplus of food and friendship at this potluck. Ages 5-8. (Sept.)