Thursday, May 23, 2019
I WILL NOT EAT YOU
Illustrated by Scott Magoon
(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016)
Two eyes stare out from a dark cave. These are the eyes of Theodore. Who is this cave-dwelling creature? A bear? A monster? The bogeyman?! Whoever--whatever--it is, it seems primarily focused on eating. Or not eating.
Various creatures--a bird, a wolf, a tiger--approach the cave and each time Theodore shoos them away. "I will not eat you."
But then a silly boy appears, dressed in a cape and bearing a sword and shield. Does the boy dare to taunt Theodore?
"Don't bother me, pesky boy," he bellowed, "or I will eat you.
But the boy does not heed Theodore's warning. He does not back down.
Finally, we see who Theodore is. Without spoiling the story, I'll just say that the interaction is surprising in a way that still leaves the reader to wonder how things may play out after the story's end.
Lehrhaupt, the author of the delightful Warning: Do Not Open This Book, has a knack for amusing the reader. There's such a quick flow to the story that it's over before I wanted it to be. Perhaps there will be a sequel involving Theodore and the boy. There is a fun, quirky, slightly uncertain relationship here that deserves another tale.