Friday, January 26, 2018
PPBF: I Will Not EAT YOU by Adam Lehrhaupt & Scott Magoon (Review by Lynne Marie)
AUTHOR: Adam Lehrhaupt
ILLUSTRATOR: Scott Magoon
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
IMPRINT: Paula Wiseman Books
EDITOR: Sylvie Frank
JACKET FLAP: Theodore thinks EVERYTHING is a potential meal. Until something NEW approaches his cave. A BOY. Has Theodore found his favorite food? Or something more?
SNIPPET: Theodore lived in a cave. It was a quiet cave and that's the way he liked it.
For those who are studying the art of writing for children, the above beginning is what is called, "the ordinary world." It is a great way to ground, and also start, a story, as long as you show a crack in it.
Here it comes.
One morning, a bird flew up to the cave. It tweeted and squawked at Theodore. Tweet. Tweet. Squawk. Squawk. Tweet.
Theodore thought. Does it want me to eat it?
An so this is the inciting event that initiates Theodore's story problem, which just gets bigger, and bigger, despite Theodore not being hungry and also attempting to ignore these problems.
For me, this is one of these books that you have to read several times to appreciate just how superbly clever and well done it is. Everything in it is planted (although subtly) in the beginning and important to the story, and every thing plays out as perfectly as it should. I am thankful to have had the fortunate opportunity to see Sylvie Frank discuss this book in a presentation at SCBWI Miami.
And I LOVE the ending. Pick up a copy and read it for yourself.
Please do leave your thoughts as to what YOU think about this book in the comment section. This is a fun one to discuss.
RATING: 4 Stars