Library Books Are Not for Eating!

by Todd Tarpley (Author) Tom Booth (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
A funny picture book about books...and eating them! Perfect for fans of We Don't Eat Our Classmates. It's time for school, but Ms. Bronte has one small problem...she really loves eating books. (Did I mention she's also a dinosaur?) Math books, cookbooks, old books, new books--she just can't help herself. Will Ms. Bronte ever be able to curb her page-turning appetite, or will she continue chomping her way through a tasty book buffet? Open the fun peek-through cover of this lively picture book, and get ready for a story that will leave readers hungry for a second helping!
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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2--This goofy romp combines such librarian-approved elements as dinosaurs, scads of books, and problem solving. Everyone loves Ms. Bronte at the school, but they wish she would stop eating the books! Nothing else seems to satisfy the bespectacled dinosaur's appetite, until she discovers the overgrown soccer field full of vegetation and puts a tasty end to both her own and the soccer coach's problems. The rhyming text scans well, though Tarpley sometimes prioritizes the meter over meaning: "We've got to rearrange your feeding./Library books are not for eating!" Booth creates playful and varied visuals, mixing up perspectives and pairing Ms. Bronte's long, swooping neck with diverse, round-faced kids--alternately agog and delighted by the librarian's transgressions. The exuberant digital illustrations and bouncy text propel readers through the tale and the repeated "Library books are NOT for eating!" will serve well in storytime. VERDICT Good fun for book-lovers, daffy dinosaur lovers, and those who enjoy a picture book in verse.--Robbin E. Friedman, Chappaqua Library, NY

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Guided Reading Level
Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Publication date
June 20, 2020
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002060 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
JUV035000 - Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
Library of Congress categories
Humorous stories
Stories in rhyme
Books and reading
Food habits

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