Poetry Friday: What’s For Dinner?

What’s for Dinner? Quirky, Squiry Poems from the Animal World by Katherine B. Hauth is a CYBILS nominated book for the Poetry category.

Hauth describes her book as “Eating is a matter of life or death, but it can also be weird, surprising or just plain gross.”

Starting out with the first poem, “What’s for Dinner”, readers are introduced to the concept that be it meat, nectar, eggs, fish, trees, blood, or an artichoke, living things must eat or croak.

Each poems tell in fun fashion the food choices of preying mantises, baby wasps, mosquitoes, wood turtles, mayflies, and others.

On of my favorites was the “Dermiestid Beetles Wanted” in which the Chicago Field Museum is advertising for these beetles to
“…Creat eyeless sculptures for display.
Work quick, work neat,
leave no scratch, no nick.
gnaw soft flesh from skulls…”

The accompanying illustration is creepy and detail.  First graders responded by saying, “Eeww, gross, and cool.”

Hauth also includes a “More Words about the Poems” which explains many scientific words and processes to readers.  There is a “More Words about the Animals” section as well to explain the wide variety animals in the book.

Young biologists and those who like the grossosity of the subject matter will probably find this poetry book a big hit. They will squirm at these quirky verses.

The ink and watercolor illustrations by David Clark provide details that readers will respond in a variety of ways.

Title: What’s  for Dinner? Quirk, Squirmy Poems from the Animal World
Author: Katherine B. Hauth
Illustrator: David Clark
Published: 2011
Pages: 45
Reading Level: K-3
Publisher: Charlesbridge
ISBN: 978-1-57091-471-3
Source:  Sent by publisher for review for CYBILS

Poetry Friday is at Read, Write, Howl.

Happy reading.