A Busy Creature's Day Eating
A Busy Creature's Day Eating

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Annotation: A busy creature eats his way through the alphabet.
Catalog Number: #154985
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-368-01352-X Perma-Bound: 0-7804-0419-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-368-01352-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-0419-9
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2017043347
Dimensions: 20 x 31 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
With Willems' name on it, this abecedary is bound to be zany—and it is. This over-the-top "smorgasbord" is a tale of a raucous creature that chomps and chews everything in sight, from A to Z. But wait—this is not one of Willems' simple Elephant and Piggie early readers, nor is it the story of a little girl and her beloved stuffed bunny. This creature is not avian, but it's a kissing cousin to Willems' pigeon. The blocky purple character with googly orange eyes wears a blue-and-red-striped shirt and pants (or perhaps pajamas), and it has a black, bulbous nose and protruding white teeth. The beginning letters of its monumental meal stand for common edible items: "Apple! Berries! Cereal!" Then it goes bananas, eating "Furniture!…Kilt! Lunch Box! [and] Napkins!" that induce a run to the "POTTY!" No one will be surprised to learn that the creature is "Queasy" and needs to "Vomit." An adult figure arrives on the scene with hugs and kisses ("XO-XO-XO!"), and the creature emits a huge "YAWN…" and is finally "Zonked." Children will follow right along with the creature's mishaps, and they will enjoy predicting (incorrectly) what it might eat and (correctly) what happens as its face starts to turn green. They'll also appreciate the kindliness of the adult figure who shows no anger but instead tends lovingly to its charge.For readers on the Pigeon end of the spectrum, this will hit the spot, but those who love Willems' quieter protagonists may find it an abrupt change of pace. (Picture book. 4-6)
Publishers Weekly
G is for gluttony (ok, -gravy,- technically) in Willems-s madcap abecedary, built around a youngster who devours everything in sight, then suffers the consequences. Purple, wide-eyed, and resembling a cross between a monkey, dog, and Muppet, the young creature explodes out of bed and into an alphabetical meal of -Apples! Berries! Cereal!- It isn-t pretty: Granny Smiths and strawberries go flying, and the creature dives face-first into its cereal bowl. The text is limited to whatever the creature is eating at the moment (and the accompanying alphabet letter), and Willems captures each moment in frenetically cartooned vignettes and larger scenes. Soon, food isn-t enough: -Jacket! Kilt! Lunch Box!- (Hilariously, the creature dumps the food out of the lunch box before devouring it.) Queasiness follows (just in time for Q), and parental consolation is required: V is for -vomit,- a much tidier affair than all of the eating that precedes it. There are a lot of laughs in this feeding frenzy, but just as much tenderness in the final scenes, which poignantly reflect the ABCs of TLC. Ages 3-5. Agent: Marcia Wernick, Wernick & Pratt. (Mar.)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Willems is back with another gut buster, this time in the form of a gluttonous abecedary. A purple creature rt of a dog-mouse hybrid unders the kitchen, gobbling a heap of apples and berries with manic zeal, before plunging his face into a bowl of cereal. Next, a string of doughnuts arcs from a bakery box into his gaping maw, and a dozen eggs soon follow suit. Each new food appears in its own frame, with its representative letter colorfully attached to the upper corner, and the word itself printed below the scene. The creature proceeds through the house, munching on increasingly ridiculous things (a jacket, a lunch box) until he goes a bit green and "Potty!" and "Queasy" enter the picture. Dad comes to the rescue with a bland buffet (rice, saltines, tea), but there's no soothing this tummy, so the little guy gets a tender pat as . . . "Vomit." The cartoonish illustrations and gross-out humor are tempered by the presence of a loving parent waiting in the wings. Creative and hilarious, Willems' alphabet book has all the right ingredients to become a hit. Be prepared to binge read this one. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: It's Willems! Make sure your shelves are stocked.
Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-K
Lexile: 130L

Mo Willems delivers a smorgasbord of hunger, hubris, regret, and redemption as a Busy Creature hilariously chomps and chews its way from A to P and then to Z.

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