I am a huge fan of trivia games, which is part of the reason why I am drawn to this book.
Steve Jenkins makes creative use of page flips to first introduce animals and then describe their unique defence mechanisms. Young readers will love guessing each answer and will be wowed by Jenkins’ beautiful collages and informative text. Here is one example:
When an octopus is threatened …[page flip]… it squirts a thick cloud of black ink into the water, confusing its attacker.
Title: What Do You Do When Something Wants to Eat You?
By: Steve Jenkins (Author/Illustrator)
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers;
Suitable For Ages: 4-7 years
Themes/Topics: Animal Adaptations, Defence Mechanisms, Food Chain
What would you do if something wanted to eat you? This book introduces readers to a selection of animals with fascinating defense mechanisms. The book is beautifully illustrated with Jenkins’ famous style of dynamic, cut-paper collages. Jenkins’ choice to divide the content between page flips results in a fun and interactive reading experience.
I am especially grateful for the quality of the paperback version, which made for an inexpensive addition to our home collection.
Most animals face the constant danger of being eaten by other animals. This book show a few of the ways that they try to avoid this fate.
1) While reading the book, guess each animal’s defense mechanism. Was your guess correct? Why or why not?
2) Discuss how humans have adapted to dangerous situations and answer the book’s concluding question: “What would you do if something wanted to eat you?”
3) Select your own nonfiction topics and create a book that encourages readers to guess the answer before turning the page.
4) Watch as Steve Jenkins explains how he makes his famous collages, then try making your own:
*I purchased this book.