Carnivores (Aaron Reynolds, author; Dan Santat, illustrator. Chronicle Books, 2013)
Aaron Reynolds produces humorous picture books (we also recently discovered his Nerdy Birdy) and this one tops his list, in my opinion. A lion, a great white shark, and a timber wolf want to stop being ostracised by the other animals, but they’ve made a name for themselves as, well,…carnivores. None of their attempts to change their eating habits are successful, so they visit the wise owl and finally get some usable advice. Meat lovers and those who enjoy a unique and laugh out loud read will enjoy this picture book. The big, bold illustrations keep my 3 year-old engaged, and the ‘embrace who you are’ theme and self-help spoofs are enjoyed by the older audience. Happy Hunting.