I Do Not Eat Children

Little, Brown. Feb. 2024. 40p. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780316474726.
PreS-Gr 2–A smiley, orange creature is adamant in his stance of not eating children and does not appreciate being accused of such a thing. The story begins with the uni-browed monster alongside different children who are enjoying various activities—playing an instrument, flying a kite, and knitting, to name a few. However, someone is missing on each page as the story moves along and the monster continues his protests. What happens at the end is both deserving and comical. Young bibliophiles will enjoy turning every page of Cutler’s silly story as they will be looking to see who, if anyone, survives until the end.
VERDICT Great fun as a read-aloud and for newly independent readers, this tale is sure to bring the giggles.

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