Worms for Breakfast: How to Feed a Zoo by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Kathy Boake

Published by Owlkids Books

Summary:  “Real Recipes Included!” boasts the front cover, but don’t head to the kitchen just yet: these recipes are for such treats as Predator Popsicles (bones and blood are involved) and Flamingo Chick Formula (simulating regurgitated fish).  As you may have guessed, the focus of this book is feeding animals at the zoo.  In addition to the recipes, it includes lots of information about zoo animals, how and what animals eat, profiles of zoo nutritionists, and tips for how kids can help animals, both inside and outside of the zoo.  Glossary and index are included.  40 pages; grades 1-5.

Pros:  Lots of information with plenty of humor, both in the writing and the illustrations.  The text is presented in (appropriately) bite-sized chunks, with lots of side bars and captioned illustrations.  The illustrations are a nicely goofy mix of photos and paintings.  Animal lovers of all reading levels will enjoy browsing and learn quite a bit in the process.

Cons:  “Tiger’s Birthday Cupcake” may have permanently put me off of cupcakes.


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