In The Happiest Toddler on the Block, parenting expert Harvey Karp compares toddlers to caveman. In Jeremy Tankard’s new picture book, Me Hungry!, the toddler is literally a caveman. And a hilarious one, at that.
When the little caveboy (improbably named Edwin) announces that he’s hungry, his parents both respond “Me busy!” So he begins an unorthodox journey to find food, approaching a rabbit, a porcupine, and a tiger. None of these potential meals will cooperate — until Edwin runs into a wooly mammoth who’s just as hungry as he is.
The story, told in two-word chunks of caveman-speak (“Me eat rabbit!”"No, me hide!”),will strike a chord with stubborn, snacktime-obsessed toddlers, who will no doubt find the idea of eating a tiger hilarious. Of course, we have an additional reason to endorse this book:
Jeremy Tankard? Kind of a hottie. — Gwynne WatkinsMe Hungry! (Candlewick Press, 2007) is available for $12.47 on Amazon. Also, there’s this cute YouTube video trailer: Book of the Week appears every other Friday. Sometimes every