This is a story about a supermarket for animals. It sells only natural foods, such as lettuce, kale, and herbs for snails, and blueberries for bears. Polar bears load up on cod, cuttlefish, and squid. Toucans shop for termites, and lemurs go for the insects and grubs. And of course rats and mice are on the lookout for cheese.
At the end of detailing all of the tasty items shopped for in the Animal Supermarket, the author shows thumbnail pictures of the animals and asks readers, “What does each animal eat?”
Well, hopefully the audience is too young to realize some of those animals might be interested in eating each other!
The colorful artwork by Simona Mulazzani has a whimsical folk-art look, with each animal showing different facial expressions. Even the shrubbery around the store resembles animals, but not like topiaries; rather, they appear to be as animated as the shoppers.
This book could be useful when teaching about different animals, different types of food, and healthy eating choices.
Evaluation: This is a very cute book originally published in Italian, and here ably translated by Laura Watkinson. It contains fun illustrations and lots of information for kids about what different animals are and what they eat to sustain themselves. Adult readers may appreciate the emphasis on healthy foods, and could conceivably expand upon the text to impart lessons about sustainability.
Published in the U.S. by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2015