The very hungry plant

by Moriconi, Renato, 1980-

Format: Print Book 2021
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One morning, a beautiful plant sprouts out of the ground, and it is very, very hungry. But water and sunlight aren't the only things this plant craves: it's a carnivore! The plant gobbles up everything in its path, from caterpillars to geckos to spaceships. But the plant isn't the only one who's hungry...

With humorous nods to Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Plant is another imaginative adventure from the author-illustrator of The Little Barbarian . Playful, energetic paintings and a dash of absurdity create a story sure to spark laughter with every reading.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Brazilian author-illustrator Moriconi (The Little Barbarian, 2018) dishes up an epic helping of absurdity that will have kids howling with laughter before the book is done--and it all starts with a newly sprouted Venus flytrap. The small green plant pops against the white page it shares with the hand-painted text and a rotating stream of victims destined to become its next meal. This is one hungry, carnivorous plant. It sits with its mouth gaping open until it gobbles up a passing caterpillar, followed by a butterfly and a spider. After each meal, the sinister refrain repeats, "The plant grew, and so did its hunger." A gecko and rabbit are next on the menu, but then things really get wild. A gymnast, an acrobat, an airplane, a flying mammoth! All end up in the plant's toothy maw, now grown quite large. Moriconi delivers increasingly ridiculous prey to the plant--always shown poised just above its mouth--and a final, satisfying twist. A silly, slightly darker alternative to There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Though this picture book romp starts with a friendly poke at Eric Carle's hungry caterpillar, it soon powers beyond that into a fast-moving riot of imaginative fun. Moriconi (The Little Barbarian) paints an Audrey II--esque carnivorous plant, its upward-facing mouth lined with fine red teeth. The bright rays of the sun above it do not satisfy its hunger, "because it was a carnivorous plant." A page turn shows a familiar-looking caterpillar suspended just above the figure's open jaws (the actual act of consumption is not pictured), a meal that also fails to sate it. Hand-brushed, bold black text on the verso gives a thump of emphasis to every munch as the plant dispatches small animals, a gymnast and an acrobat, a parachutist... and keeps on going. "The plant grew, and so did its hunger," Moriconi intones after each meal. The artist keeps the spreads spare and simple, the better to enjoy the book's resolute, bloody-minded hero. The menu is so wonderfully daft and Moriconi's paintings are so droll that there's no time to be frightened en route to a punch line that's as brutally funny as it is unexpected. Ages 3--7. (Aug.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Carnivorous plants -- Juvenile fiction.
Hunger -- Juvenile fiction.
Food habits -- Juvenile fiction.
Carnivorous plants -- Fiction.
Hunger -- Fiction.
Food habits -- Fiction.
Picture books.
Publisher Grand Rapids, Michigan :Eerdmans Books for Young Readers,2021
Audience Ages 3-7.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
ISBN 9780802855763
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