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Annotation: Lion, Great White Shark, and Timberwolf are troubled by their bad reputations with the other animals, but as Great Horned Owl reminds them, they are carnivores and eating meat is just what they do.
Catalog Number: #5485940
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: 2013
Illustrator: Santat, Dan,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-8118-6690-4
ISBN 13: 978-0-8118-6690-3
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2012044965
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Tired of being ostracized for their bad behavior, the lion, the great white shark, and the timber wolf set out to fit in but ultimately find that you can't deny who you are. Santat's signature humor diffuses the threat of Reynolds's ferocious heroes, and readers will laugh out loud at the depictions of carnivores disguising themselves as (and then devouring) gentler creatures.
Kirkus Reviews
Poor carnivores, perched atop the food chain and dissed by all their victims--at least, the prospective ones. What a pity. Brought together by their hurt feelings, a lion ("The wildebeests call him ‘bad kitty' "), great white shark ("simply a fast eater") and timber wolf ("almost never eats little girls") take up vegetarianism in an effort to fit in and then try donning disguises. When neither strategy butters the biscuit, they turn to a great horned owl as a carnivore consultant. Proving himself as wise as he (later) is delicious, the owl leads them to a healthier attitude, to wit: "I'm not bad. I'm a carnivore. Eating meat is just what I do." Surrounded by pastel bunnies and other wide-eyed prey in Santat's big, comical illustrations, the three caricatured predators quickly go from slump-shouldered gloom to toothy, confident smiles as they realize the folly of judging themselves through the eyes of others. Will young readers swallow such a tongue-in-cheek take on the importance of self-acceptance? With relish. (Picture book. 6-8)
Publishers Weekly
The lion, the great white shark, and the timber wolf are tired of being disrespected by those lower than them on the food chain. -The wildebeests call him -bad kitty- just because he-s eaten half the neighborhood,- says the sympathetic narrator of the lion. -It hurts. It really does.- They try vegetarianism, only for the wolf to discover, -Every single berry bush seemed to have a bunny inside.- They disguise themselves as upstanding members of their preys- species, but the great white shark can-t resist turning a pod of dolphins into takeout. Leave it to a wise great horned owl to give the hapless trio sage advice on living as meat-eaters: own it. Reynolds (Creepy Carrots) and Santat (Crankenstein) do likewise, making the most of their flair for comic timing, visual exaggeration, and spoofing everything from foodie trends to self-actualization. Clearly, there-s still plenty of room in the irreverent and decidedly Darwinian humor territory pioneered by the likes of Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. Ages 5-8. Author-s agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management. Illustrator-s agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (Sept.)

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2&12; The cartoon animals in this picture book bear a distinct resemblance to the expressive animals of the big screen. These wide-eyed carnivores have a peculiar problem: their feelings are hurt because the other critters do not appreciate their eating habits. The humorous text follows a great white shark, a timber wolf, and a lion as they strive to fit in. At first, they think becoming vegetarians will help. They even form a support group. But despite their efforts, they realize they just can't change their appetites. Then, they don disguises and try to blend in, but their socializing attempts end poorly. A wise, old owl explains, "I'm not bad. I'm a carnivore. Eating meat is just what I do." The three predators like the advice so much that they eat the owl. The adorable bunnies don't fare well either. This book is not for the squeamish. Part personal acceptance mantra, part no-holds-barred buffet, it's funny in the same vein as Michelle Knudsen's Big Mean Mike (Candlewick, 2012). While not all readers will like the food-chain cruelty or enjoy the sometimes mixed messages, this will be a favorite for rowdy read-alouds. The well-paced text moves quickly and is paired deliciously with the bold, colorful illustrations. The grizzly heroes even eat the animals in the endpapers. Grim and chuckle-inducing from cover to cover.&12; Leila Sterman, Chappaqua Library, NY
Word Count: 604
Reading Level: 3.4
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.4 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 161624 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.3 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q68903
Guided Reading Level: O

The lion is king of the jungle!
The great white shark is sovereign of the seas!
The timber wolf is emperor of the forests!

But . . . it's lonely at the top of the food chain. It's difficult to fit in when plant eaters can be so cruel—just because you ate a relative of theirs that one time! What's a carnivore to do? Aaron Reynolds's roaringly funny text is perfectly paired with Dan Santat's mouthwatering illustrations, creating a toothsome book that's sure to stand out from the herd.

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