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Nonfiction Monday: Time to Eat by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Time to Eat
By Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
Houghton Mifflin
ISBN: 9780547250328
Grades K-3
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You know what’s not exciting? What I eat. Unless, that is, you find my occasional switch between regular peanut butter crackers and the neon orange variety to be fascinating stuff. You know what is exciting? A bird that impales its insect victim on a thorn before making a meal of the poor little guy. In Time to Eat (part of the new Time to… nonfiction series) Steve Jenkins and Robin Page highlight the eating habits of wild animals – the unusual and the more conventional. Both make for interesting reading.

As far as nonfiction goes, this one belongs more on the pleasure reading side of the spectrum. Each spread highlights one or two animals and their dietary behavior. Some are fairly pedestrian, such as a Panda’s penchant for bamboo shoots, while others are odd, disgusting, or a mix of both. Case in point – the crucifix toad. This amphibian catches bugs on its mucous-covered skin, then sheds and eats it. Yeah, gross. Back matter includes a bio of additional facts for each animal.

The illustrations are standard Jenkins magnificence. His ability to capture the natural word through cut and torn paper collage is astounding, and Time to Eat is no exception. The small square format and basic text make it perfect for the intended lower elementary audience.

A nonfiction book (and series) that deserves a place in your collection.

Review copy from library

Check out the Nonfiction Monday roundup at Playing by the Book

Also reviewed by Waking Brain Cells, A Year of Reading, Literate Lives.

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. As it happens, today I have a meeting with the cook at my daughters’ school about planning a special book themed lunch. I don’t think I’ll be suggesting impaled insects, but this book does sound fun!