________________ CM . . . . Volume XV Number 19 . . . . May 15, 2009

cover Me Hungry!

Jeremy Tankard.
Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2008.
34 pp., hardcover, $17.50.
ISBN 98-0-7636-3360-8.

Subject Headings:
Prehistoric peoples-Fiction.
Animals-Fiction.

Preschool-grade 1 / Ages 3-6.

Review by Dave Jenkinson.

**** /4

excerpt:

Me hungry!

Me busy!


Hey, me hungry!

Me busy!


When Edwin, a young "cave lad" clad in an animal skin, informs his father and then his mother that he is hungry, the former, who is busy trying to unshell a peanut with a club, and the latter, who literally has her hands filled with four children, both reply that they are busy. Edwin comes up with a solution to his hunger. "Me hunt!" However, despite being armed with a spear, Edwin finds that his coming up with the hunting idea was much easier than his being able to actually actualize it. A rabbit avoids being killed by running into its hole, a porcupine intimidates Edwin by raising its quills, and a saber-toothed tiger threatens to become the predator rather than the prey. When Edwin literally runs into a mastodon, he discovers that this large animal is also hungry. Sharing a common purpose, the two go in search of food with Edwin mounted on the mastodon's back. A tree becomes the answer to the pair's hunger as the mastodon feeds on its leaves while Edwin eats the tree's fruit. Returning home still mounted on his new friend, Edwin responds to his father's announcement of dinner by saying, "We busy."

internal art

     Me Hungry!, a true little gem of a picture book, contains just 51 words in total, with 23 of them being different words. The tightly constructed humourous text, coupled with Tankard's sparely drawn, but bold, cartoon-like artwork, will likely mean that many young listeners will be "reading" the book after just hearing it a couple of times. Tankard also includes just enough background detail to confirm for viewers that they are visiting the Stone Age.

     An excellent home, school and public library purchase.

Highly Recommended.

Dave Jenkinson, CM's editor, lives in Winnipeg, MB.

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