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

Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Todd Tarpley

Todd Tarpley is the author of numerous children's books including Three Grumpy Trucks, Ten Tiny Toes, and Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep!, an ALA Notable Book, and Naughty Ninja Takes a Bath, which spent several days as the #1 children's book on Amazon. His books have been featured in the New York Times; included on Best Books of the Year lists by Huffington Post, Chicago Public Library, and Bank Street College; and translated into Chinese, German, Italian, and Danish. Todd invites you to visit him online at

Steph Laberis is a character designer and illustrator specializing in animation and children's publishing. Her work is known for its sense of whimsy, humor, and expressive (usually animal!) characters. Currently a full-time character and prop designer on an animated series for Disney Jr., Steph previously designed for Disney's Puppy Dog Pals and providedvisual development for DreamWorksTV on the Netflix animated series Rhyme Time Town and Dragons: The Nine Realms. She is also the illustrator of the Grumpy Cat Little Golden Book series and has illustrated over forty picture books. Visit her online at

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Publication date
June 23, 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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