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By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Hilarious tongue-in-cheek tale teaches acceptance.

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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Confusing and Disturbing

This book was pretty disturbing and scientifically unsound. For example, octopuses, dolphins, and narwhals are carnivores, with a diet exclusively of meat and they are presented as vegetarians multiple times throughout this book, as are many omnivores like raccoons. Not only is the entire book confusing, but it’s gruesome and upsetting. It claims to be a message of acceptance, but that is absolutely not the vibe I, nor the other adults/parents I showed this book to, received. This was permanently removed from our family bookshelf. I would describe this book as violent, sickening, and with no educational value. This is a book for people who think eating a steak well done with ketchup is peak machismo and would like to brainwash their child into the same line of thinking.

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CARNIVORES is a tongue-in-cheek riot. Told from the perspective of animals who long for acceptance in spite of their bad raps, the book explores the hilarious lengths to which people (and animals) will go to fit in, rendered vibrantly with mixed-media illustrations that wouldn't be out of place in a graphic novel.

For kids, the bold, silly humor and social concerns of these bloodthirsty predators will be a hilarious read. For parents with school-age kids, the notion that there's just no use trying to be something you're not is a valuable lesson that can't be taught soon enough.

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