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A Busy Creature's Day Eating
Contributor(s): Willems, Mo
ISBN: 136801352X     ISBN-13: 9781368013529
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: March 2018
Annotation: A busy creature eats his way through the alphabet.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Monsters; Fiction.
Food habits; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Alphabet
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Monsters
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2017043347
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 12.25" H x 7.75" W x 0.50" (0.80 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):

Mo Willems (, a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions, for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity. The celebrated Elephant & Piggie early-reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions (for There Is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside?) as well as garnering five Geisel Honors (for We Are in a Book!, I Broke My Trunk!, Let's Go for a Drive!, A Big Guy Took My Ball! and Waiting Is Not Easy!).

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
Willems's offbeat ABC book follows a wide-eyed little-kid purple monster enthusiastically eating its way through the day (and the furniture). The culinary adventure begins at the breakfast table with a for "Apples!" and b for "Berries!" but then takes a more unconventional turn: "Furniture!" The creature's consumption, both food and not-food, is shown in cartoony, super-high-energy illustrations, most of them neatly contained in square or rectangular panels. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #3)
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 grownup 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 Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 January #4)

G is for gluttony (ok, "gravy," technically) in Willems's madcap abecedary, built around a youngster who devours everything in sight, then suffers the consequences. Purple, wide-eyed, and resembling a cross between a monkey, dog, and Muppet, the young creature explodes out of bed and into an alphabetical meal of "Apples! Berries! Cereal!" It isn't pretty: Granny Smiths and strawberries go flying, and the creature dives face-first into its cereal bowl. The text is limited to whatever the creature is eating at the moment (and the accompanying alphabet letter), and Willems captures each moment in frenetically cartooned vignettes and larger scenes. Soon, food isn't enough: "Jacket! Kilt! Lunch Box!" (Hilariously, the creature dumps the food out of the lunch box before devouring it.) Queasiness follows (just in time for Q), and parental consolation is required: V is for "vomit," a much tidier affair than all of the eating that precedes it. There are a lot of laughs in this feeding frenzy, but just as much tenderness in the final scenes, which poignantly reflect the ABCs of TLC. Ages 3–5. Agent: Marcia Wernick, Wernick & Pratt. (Mar.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 April)

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

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.