Synopses & Reviews
Would an armadillo order spaghetti with meatballs if she went to a restaurant? No way! She would like a plate of ants and worms.
Through a series of questions and answers, readers learn about animals, where they live, and what they eat. And in the end, you might find yourself asking just what you might like to order.
"While the title may suggest the freewheeling and unlikely chains of events of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and its ilk, Fischer and Wood actually have the opposite idea in mind. One by one, Fischer asks what nine animals might order at their local neighborhood restaurants: 'If a sea turtle crawled into a lagoon buffet, what would he order? Fried chicken with gravy?' The replies are resounding ('No sir!'), followed by explanations of what the animals actually like to eat (in the case of the sea turtle, it's 'Crabs and shrimp with a jellyfish on top'). Fischer's playful tone and Wood's humorous cartoons are an enjoyable combination, though the project as a whole is an odd mix of whimsy and fact. While Fischer makes it clear that a butterfly is more interested in lilac nectar than oatmeal, for example, the accompanying illustration shows the insect sipping the former through a bendy straw. While fun, the animals' anthropomorphic tendencies ('Eight forks, please' for the octopus) can seem at odds with the semi-serious aims of the text. Up to age 7. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A Foreword Reviews' 2014 IndieFab Award Finalist for Picture Books
Featured in BuzzFeed, recommended alongside Disney Junior's TV show Go, Diego, Go!
Featured in Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine's "15 terrific titles to add to your little one's library"
"Whet your kiddo's appetite for reading with a silly story about the persnickety palates of out-to-eat animals."and#151;Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine
"My kids loved the book. It was the go-to nighttime story. It was on the couch when I got home, which would tell me that they read it again last night."and#151;Gavin Kaysen, Chef and Owner of Spoon and Stable restaurant, guest judge on Bravo TV's Top Chef, and competitor on the Food Network's The Next Iron Chef
"If [your kids] love Go, Diego, Go!, you should read them If an Armadillo Went to a Restaurant by Ellen Fischer and Laura Wood."and#151;BuzzFeed
"Beginning with the spaghetti-twirling armadillo on the cover, Woodand#8217;s quirky creatures add to the humor, which might well spur listeners to make up some menus of their own." and#151; Kirkus Reviews
"Subtly revealing where animals live, what they eat, and various unusual, fun facts, this book is sure to be a favorite. Each page presents a hilarious scenario of a rattlesnake, hedgehog, ostrich, or octopus (among others) eyeing a human menu, their preferences relayed with singsong questions and colorful, inventive pictures. ... Factual and funny, itand#8217;s a recipe for reading again and again." and#151; Foreword Reviews
"This engaging picture book offers nine different animals the choice of human food before identifying what their preferred meal would be. ... The illustrations are lively and humorous, and there is even a small menu on the last page from which human readers can choose their favorite items for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This short text would be a great introduction to a unit on the preferred nutrition of various animals." and#151; Reading Today Online
"If An Armadillo Went to a Restaurant offers children a funny yet factual and#147;tasteand#8221; of the culinary interests of some of our natural worldand#8217;s most iconic animals. ...From catchy phrasing to and#147;kid-cooland#8221; illustrations, this is a book that will add smiles to faces and fascinating conversations to meal time." and#151; Glenn Dobrogosz, Executive Director, Greensboro Science Center, Zoo and Aquarium
"Yummy and yuckyand#151;the perfect formula for young readers to discover what animals eat. Ellen Fischerand#8217;s imaginative and informative picture book encourages readers to make mealtime connections between humans and a delightful assortment of creatures craving their favorite foods. A masterful menu of humor, fun, and facts!" and#151; Betty Hicks, author of The Worm Whisperer
"As a classroom teacher for over 30 years I am delighted to recommend this book with its endless possibilities for vocabulary development and use of descriptive language in addition to the factual knowledge presented. The clever ending offers a springboard for oral language development as well as writing." and#151; Ricki Gray, Classroom teacher, Guilford County, NC
Slurp, munch, crunch! Little hands will be turning the page to find out the real meals of animals! Would an armadillo order spaghetti with meatballs if she went to a restaurant? No way! Through a series of humorous questions and answers, young readers learn about animals, where they live, and what they eat.
About the Author
grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, but has been a North Carolina Tar Heel for over thirty years. Professionally, she always knew she wanted to work with children, and so became a teacher and children's author. She found teaching challenging but fun, and that remains true when writing for children. "Seeing an idea come to life as a story is exciting, and making readers laugh and smileand#151;even better!" She has taught elementary age children for over twenty years and is the mother of three.
Laura Wood is a freelance illustrator currently living in Melbourne. She was born and raised in Italy and received a Bachelor of Cinema and Multimedia. It is amongst eucalyptus trees in Australia that she started dedicating all her energy to illustration. She likes to combine both digital and traditional dry media to create childlike pictures with a sunny style and a folksy feeling. Laura has a passion for catlike animals, flat shoes, and good food. When she is not busy making pictures, she drinks tea, watches movies, and spends time with the people she loves.