Adam Lehrhaupt builds suspense in this story where the reader is kept wondering what is in the dark of the cave, and will the next creature to wander by get eaten?
I Will Not Eat You
by Adam, Lehrhaupt; illustrated by Scott Magoon
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Picture book, fiction
Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 1.4
4 out of 5 stars
For most of the story, the reader knows Theodore only as two pairs of eyes that live in a quiet cave. This is exactly how he likes it. Then several animals stop by and Theodore wonders if they want him to eat them? Fortunately for them, Theodore is not hungry at the time and he sends them on their way. Until a young boy dressed as a knight and riding a broomstick horse comes to visit, and Theodore decides he just might be hungry.
Young readers will delight in the moment that the page is turned and Theodore is revealed.
Scott Magoon’s illustrations are appropriately dark, but never too menacing as to feel overly scary. As Theodore chases the boy around, readers will notice that he ends up wearing more and more flowers, which really makes him look more silly than fierce.
This would make a fun read-aloud experience. There are moments of surprise and suspense that really keep readers engaged and wondering how things are going to end.
Make sure to take off the case cover and see the additional image provided on the hardcover, but maybe wait until after you have read the story so you don’t spoil it! Also make sure you notice the different endpapers inside the covers, as they add to the story as well.
This is a very well-done book all around.