A Busy Creature’s Day Eating by Mo Willems | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 1 –“Do not try this at home!” cautions Willems as he proceeds to tell the story of a hungry little purple creature that eagerly eats its way through the alphabet, though not without consequence.

redstarWILLEMS, Mo. A Busy Creature’s Day Eating: An Alphabetical Smorgasbord. illus. by Mo Willems. 32p. Disney-Hyperion. Mar. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781368013529.

PreS-Gr 1 –“Do not try this at home!” cautions Willems as he proceeds to tell the story of a hungry little purple creature that eagerly eats its way through the alphabet, though not without consequence. Snuggling in bed with a one-eyed Knuffle bunny, the protagonist awakens to a new day of eating and “AAAA—ZING!” it’s off to the kitchen where the hungry tyke gobbles up apples, berries, cereal, doughnuts, and eggs (straight from the crate). Momentarily stumped on what to eat next, it proceeds to chow down on the furniture. Further courses feature other food and non-food items from ice cream to lunch boxes with equal enthusiasm; but the plot changes when the tenacious eater groans and then it’s a mad dash to the bathroom (potty) with dad coming to the rescue. (“Queasy? Rice. Saltines. Tea.”) The accompanying illustrations speak volumes as readers watch the poor, now slightly green, purple creature accept comfort from its concerned father who finally deposits the exhausted little one back into bed to snuggle once again with bunny; after all, tomorrow is another day. Willems’s distinct clever, outrageous humor gives children a hilarious picture book alphabet that tells a story with minimal text. Challenge students to plan the character’s menu for the rest of the week or pair with Nick Bruel’s Bad Kitty for another culinary alphabet adventure. VERDICT A first purchase for all libraries serving children.–Barbara Auerbach, formerly at New York City Public Schools This review was published in the School Library Journal April 2018 issue.

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