A Busy Creature’s Day Eating!

By: Mo Willems

Apples! Berries! Cereal! Is there anything this Busy Creature can't crunch? Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9781368013529

JLG Release: Apr 2018


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Monsters , Food habits , Alphabet , Humorous stories

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Awards & Honors

Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth - 2018
NYPL Best Books for Kids - 2018

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal*, Publishers Weekly*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
“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—Z
[STARRED REVIEW]
“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, NY

Horn Book

Willems’s offbeat take on an ABC book follows a wide-eyed little-kid purple monster, dressed in striped PJs, enthusiastically eating its way through the day— and the furniture. The culinary adventure begins at the breakfast table: a is for “Apples!” (a dozen of them, all being juggled toward the creature’s mouth Willems’s offbeat take on an ABC book follows a wide-eyed little-kid purple monster, dressed in striped PJs, enthusiastically eating its way through the day— and the furniture. The culinary adventure begins at the breakfast table: a is for “Apples!” (a dozen of them, all being juggled toward the creature’s mouth), b is for “Berries!” (even more), and c is for “Cereal!” (the monster’s whole face is in the bowl). Breakfast continues with “Doughnuts!” and “Eggs!” and then a well-timed narrative pause: what’s next? Turn the page: “Furniture!” From here, the creature’s consumption includes both food (“Ice Cream!”) and not-food (“Jacket!”), all shown in cartoony, super-high-energy illustrations, most of them neatly contained in square or rectangular panels that add some comforting visual order to the proceedings. The voracious creature eats its way through the letter n before: “Ooooohhh . . . / POTTY!” A grown-up appears (“Queasy?”) and offers “Rice. Saltines. Tea.” Feeling better after v (for “Vomit”), the creature is led to bed (and refreshingly, here z stands for “Zonked,” not your typical zzzzzs). This being a Mo Willems book, Knuffle Bunny, the Duckling, Gerald and Piggie, and the Pigeon make cameo appearances. elissa gershowitz

Book Details

ISBN

9781368013529

First Release

April 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Disney-Hyperion

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Monsters, Food habits, Alphabet, Humorous stories,

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