I Just Ate My Friend
I Just Ate My Friend
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Annotation: Having eaten his only friend, a monster seeks a new companion but each creature he meets has a good reason not to serve as a replacement.
Catalog Number: #166394
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-534-41032-5
ISBN 13: 978-1-534-41032-9
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2017029055
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
On the spur of the moment, anyone can make a mistake.In a twist on Eric Carle's classic Do You Want to Be My Friend? (1971) and the many like-themed quests trailing in its wake, a suddenly friendless yellow monster makes the titular confession, mourns, and then goes in search of a new companion. Following a string of refusals that range from "No, you are too big," and "No, you are too scary" (not to mention a terse "No") to a terrifying, page filling "Rrrooar!" the monster begins to lose heart. Will it be lonely forever? But, no fears, a suitable (teal) candidate sidles up at last: "Hello! I will be your friend." Cue the warm smiles and clasped paws…until a page turn reveals only the new arrival, guiltily admitting, "I just ate my friend." Arranged in simple compositions and positioned for maximum comic effect, McKinnon's monsters don't look at all feral (although the protagonist does have a mouthful of sharp teeth, they are very tiny, commanding much less attention than its large, googly eyes and potato-shaped body), so the summary fate of the yellow one may come as a surprise (at least the first time through) to audiences who expect a more-conventional ending. Readers who prefer their comedy on the dark side à la Jon Klassen's I Want My Hat Back (2011) or Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross' Tadpole's Promise (2005) will relish this alternative outcome.Gives "friend" a disquieting nuance. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Word Count: 100
Reading Level: 0.7
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 0.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 197027 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: 140L

A creature has eaten his friend. Now he’s on a journey to find a new one with hilarious consequences in this bright, subversive debut picture book.

A little creature is looking for a new friend, but he’s not having any luck.

Why is he looking for a new friend, you ask?

Because he ate his old one!

Heidi McKinnon delivers a hilariously macabre story with colorful illustrations and a satisfying, dry wit.


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