What's for Dinner? by Katherine B. Hauth
Quirky, Squirmy Poems from the Animal World (Junior Library Guild Selection (Charlesbridge Hardcover))

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Dinner is Served.

What in nature could be more poetic than the hunt for food and the struggle for survival? In twenty-nine poems readers will squirm at the realities of how the animal world catches food, eats it, and becomes dinner in turn. In these quirky poems readers are introduced to many animals with disgusting eating habits, such as the marabou stork that lurks on the periphery, like a vampire in the shadows, waiting for a chance to pick at a rotting carcass. The dermestid beetle does not mind doing the dirty work, cleaning up animals on the road side and often made busy at museums cleaning up bones for exhibits. And, baby wasps hatch inside an unsuspecting caterpillar and eat their way out.

Gross, cool, and extremely funny, David Clark’s illustrations get to the heart (and skin and guts) of the food chain and the web of life, depicting the animal world at dinner time in all its gory glory. Back matter includes further information about the animals in the poems and the scientific terms used.

About Katherine B. Hauth

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Katherine B. Hauth lives in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, just an hour from some great hikes in the desert and mountains. Many of her poems are inspired by her observations of animals while hiking--or just walking around her neighborhood. Katherine is the author of Night Life of the Yucca:The Story of a Flower and a Moth. She can tell you what rattlesnake tastes like.David Clark has illustrated several books, including A Very Hairy Scary Story (Putnam) and School Bus Bop (Bloomsbury). He lives in Luray, Virginia.
Published February 1, 2011 by Charlesbridge. 48 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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/ Living things must eat / or croak”—with its blunt appraisal of the whey of the world per se, sets the tone of Hauth and Clark’s graphic exploration of who eats what.

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