Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds and Dan Santat and A GIVEAWAY!!!

26 Aug

Okay! The moment some of you have been waiting for – the WINNER of “Playing with Fire” by Bruce Hale (see my review HERE)!


And the winner is…


Congratulations! I will be emailing you to get your address so I can send you your book!

Didn’t win Playing With Fire? Well read on! I have an AWESOME Carnivores prize pack to give away with a giveaway!


by Aaron Reynolds

Illustrated by Dan Santat

40 pages – ages 4+

Published by Chronicle Books on August 20, 2013

[Taken from the  inside cover]


But… It’s lonely at the top of the food chain. It’s difficult to fit in, when plant eaters can be so cruel-just because you ate a relative of theirs that one time! What’s a carnivore to do?

“I’m not bad…eating meat is just what I do”

If you ever felt bad for that zebra being chased by the lion, this is the book for you! Carnivores are so misunderstood! I LOVED this  book! It’s hilarious! I love it when I read such unique picture books! The carnivores try to fit in with the other animals – going vegetarian, wearing costumes, etc., and all with hysterical results! Everything about this book is uproariously funny – the book jacket, the end pages, ending, text, illustrations, everything! I love the emotions on faces in the illustrations! Dan Santat’s illustrations are awesome and Aaron Reynolds story is one you will want to read again and again.

Check out some of the inside pages –

Carnivores_Int Spread_1Carnivores_Int Spread_2

I like the idea of the top-of-the-food-chain carnivores being misunderstood. I really enjoyed how the “plant eaters” act! I think this book is GREAT for kids 4+!

I give this book 5 out 5 bookworms!fivebooks

And now, I have an AWESOME deal for you! A GIVEAWAY!!!

A Carnivores Prize Pack! You get a copy of the book, a poster, and some book marks!




And all you need to do to enter is to comment what your favorite meat-eating animal is! After watching the book trailer, mine is Dan Santat! 😀

Chronicle also has a fun activity kit to go along with Carnivores. Click HERE to download it!


49 Responses to “Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds and Dan Santat and A GIVEAWAY!!!”

  1. Marisa August 26, 2013 at 8:22 am #



  2. rnewman504 August 26, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    My dog, Madeleine, who was kind enough to bring home a rabbit the other day.


  3. Kathy Ellen Davis August 26, 2013 at 9:26 am #

    Great review, Erik!
    I was lucky enough to see this book on the big screen at SCBWI LA…it’s hilarious and the illustrations are fantastic.

    I’d have to agree with you…I think my favorite carnivore is Dan Santat in a shark suit.
    But if I have to pick a real one, I’m going with a crocodile.
    They’re scary and I hope I never cross paths with one.

    Good luck on the Accelerated Reader Challenge too…looks like you’re off to a good start!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 27, 2013 at 6:59 am #

      Thank you for visiting my blog, Ms. Davis! I agree with you agreeing with me that our favorite carnivore is Dan Santat! 😀 Please come again!


  4. Angela Brown August 26, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    This reminds me of the sharks Bruce and trio from Finding Nemo as they try to rehab themselves. “Fish are friends, not food.” Too hilarious. But hey, carnivores are carnivores.

    As much as it makes me cringe to watch a lion chase a gazelle and tear it to shreds, that lion is such a beautiful creature…all feline, prowess and power.


  5. Ashley Bohmer August 26, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    A lion of course, such a mighty, majestic, meat-eating mammal. 😉


  6. Romelle Broas August 26, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    I want this book! Aaron Reynolds and Dan Santant together is a deal sealer! I absolutely adore Aaron’s humor so I know this book will not disappoint, especially since you gave it a 5 book rating. I watched the video trailer and it cracked me up. Love Dan’s droll humor. My favorite carnivore is the shark. I’m a dental hygienist by trade so I am partial to those with pretty white, sharp teeth. And sharks have rows of them!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 27, 2013 at 7:03 am #

      “That takes me a half hour just to FLOSS!” -Dan Santat, in a shark costume. 😉


  7. Patricia Tilton August 26, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    The book sounds very entertaining and educational. Great mix for a book. Favorite carnivore — Cheetah.


  8. julie rowan zoch August 26, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    Congrats to Bella!

    My favorite meat-eating animal is the fox – I love the colors and shape, esp. the tail. But the fox is not at the top of the chain, so as a choice I guess the wolf is better suited here. And howl can one not love wolves?


  9. readingwithrhythm August 26, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

    What a hilarious video! I’m howling!! And my favorite carnivore is the canine family!!!


  10. Kirsten Larson August 26, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

    My favorite meat-eating animals is… the shark. Those teeth are awesome. In fact, this book reminds me of the sharks in NEMO: “Fish are friends, not food.”


  11. Dena August 26, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    My kids are really into the TV show Wild Krats and have been spouting a bunch of stats about cheetahs lately. So I guess my favorite meat-eating animal is the cheetah. At least until they change my mind again. 😉


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 27, 2013 at 7:13 am #

      Thank you Ms. Dena! I really like cheet-o’s! Does that count? 😉 Please come again!


  12. Catherine Johnson August 26, 2013 at 9:06 pm #



  13. Lesley August 26, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    Gotta go w/ lions! No, tigers…Wait, bears! Yeah, bears!


  14. Neighbor Girl (@StanleyNKatrina) August 27, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    Hi Erik! This book looks really good. I would have to say a serval. They are sooo cute!


  15. Myra GB August 28, 2013 at 4:27 am #

    I haven’t been reading much nonfiction books lately. This looks fun, the illustrations are striking too. Will check this one out, Erik! 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 28, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

      This isn’t so much nonfiction as it is fiction with a slight bit of education. 🙂


  16. laurimeyers August 28, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    Oh man that looks awesome 😀 I have always liked the black panther. Ooh… gives me shivers just thinking about it.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 28, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

      Oooh… I forgot about black panthers! But what about the one, the only… PINK PANTHER??? 😉


  17. KidLitReviews August 28, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    I cannot believe there is a video trailer running in theaters for this book. How terrific. Okay, Erik I would really like to win this pack.

    You have now beaten me on two books in three days. You owe me! Okay, maybe not, but I would love this pack. My copy is off to the library and it was difficult to let go when the librarian was pulling. In my defense, it is never fair when a librarian yanks a book from you.

    I could borrow it and forget when it is. Nah, just let me win. How exciting is this Fall season. It’s my turn to review a book first. What do yo have that I have? 😆


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 28, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

      This is a COOL book! I will tell Josie that if she doesn’t pull your name she’s in trouble! 😉 Hmmm I have a book about little aliens that crash land on EAR-TH… 😉


  18. Lori Erlenbach August 30, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

    My favorite meat eating animal is my shepherd/Husky puppy Sulley, who devoured a whole plate of hamburgers which were meant for our family and dinner guests.


  19. Lynn March 17, 2015 at 7:45 pm #

    I enjoyed that video, especially when the ending caught me totally off guard. So funny! 🙂
    I think this is a book I should have.



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