Children’s Book Reviews

Children's Book Reviews: Worms for Breakfast

Publish May 10, 2016

In Worms for Breakfast, award-winning author Helaine Becker explores the fascinating eating habits of zoo animals.  At feeding time, zoo keepers whip up delicacies such as “Gorilla Gobble-‘Em-Ups” (a tasty concoction of boiled carrots, monkey chow and dried ants), “Predator Popsicles” (a frozen animal bone treat), and “Kelp Tank Goulash” (a mixture of krill, smelt and chopped mackerel).  The intriguing recipes are accompanied by tasty tidbits of information about the herbivores, carnivores and omnivores being served.  Readers will also learn facts about dietary requirements, feeding routines, and conservation efforts at zoos around the world. Kathy Boake’s striking illustrations are an eye-popping mixture of photography and digital collage.  In one funny scene, nocturnal animals raid the refrigerator for a midnight jungle snack:  a skunk eagerly reaches for a takeout container of stew, a screech owl eyes a mouse in a plastic container, and a bat slurps a smoothie.  With a sombrero perched rakishly on his mighty head, an elephant demonstrates some dance moves and burns calories while trying to get at the “Elephant-Slimming Fruit Fandango” hidden inside a barrel.  Informative and entertaining, Worms for Breakfast serves up heaping helpings of food for thought.

Worms for Breakfast

Helaine Becker
Illustration EN: Kathy Boake
Owlkids Books
ISBN 13: 978-1-77147-105-3

Linda Ludke
Linda Ludke

Linda Ludke is a librarian at London Public Library.  Her reviews have appeared in Quill and QuireSchool Library Journal and CM:  Canadian Review of Materials.  When she’s not reading and writing she also loves searching for vintage treasures.

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