Marthe Jocelyn is an award-winning author and illustrator who
worked for many years as a toy designer before turning her hand to
writing. Her picture book, Hannah's Collections, was
shortlisted for a Governor General's Literary Award for
Illustration. She has created eight picture books, written six
novels, one work of nonfiction for older readers, and edited two
short story collections.
Tom Slaughter was born in New York City in 1955. He is an artist whose work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe, Japan and Canada. His prints are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His most recent children's book is ABC x 3: English, Espanol, Francais. His first three books are available in Danish, French, Japanese, and Spanish language editions.
K-Gr 1-Painted paper cuts in jewel colors graphically portray the principal foods eaten by 14 different animals. Beginning with "worm-apple," the book proceeds to show the culinary delights favored by both ordinary fauna, such as frogs, birds, and squirrels, as well as that of the more exotic anteater and panda. Two unusual foods-"nectar" for bees and "squid" for whales-are introduced amid the other more obvious choices. The final page offers a picture of ice cream, asking who eats it, thereby allowing young listeners to see their own ties to the animal kingdom. Using bold, simple, brightly colored shapes like those found in the works of Lois Ehlert, but placing them on backgrounds of equally bold contrasting colors, the animals and their dinners are easily identified and, thus, will have instant kid appeal. As with One Some Many (2004) and Over Under (2005, both Tundra), the author and illustrator provide an excellent introduction for those just starting to learn about relationships, in this case those that are part of the food chain. The bright colors and clever designs will especially attract toddlers and preschoolers, inviting them to portray their own ideas of other animals and their favorite "eats" with simple cutout shapes. A good choice from both an artistic and scientific point of view.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"top marks here for concept and execution"
- The Globe and Mail
"... simple and elegant... Young readers will savor the concept while poring over the compositions."
- The Horn Book
"... an excellent introduction for those just starting to learn about relationships."
- School Library Journal