I know! Right? You can pick your jaw up on the floor. I've been meaning to write about this perfect nugget of a board book for awhile now, but with the 52 Weeks project taking over the blog these past few months, and the fairly drastic life changes that come with opening another restaurant, I just keep forgetting to write about it. Not for want of attention in real life, however. Or for toddler approval. I personally know of a toddler who makes a habit of reading Everyone Eats, by Julie Kuo, at least once, if not fifteen times a day. And it is riveting, in it's own quiet way.
As you probably know by now, my little guy is the strong, silent type, and he hasn't shown much interest in learning to sign either... until this book. THIS BOOK. I frequently catch him flipping through the pages, signing 'eat' as he goes along. It makes my heart leap in my chest. I've given it to no fewer than three different children as birthday gifts, and think it works perfectly well for all types of families and their eating habits. And if the illustrations don't make you squee at least once, then...well, I'm not sure we can be friends? I don't know. They're amazingly cute and clever, is all I'm saying.
The publisher is fantastic, but small, so the chances of finding it at your local bookstore are unfortunately very slim. It never would have even crossed my radar if not for Emily. (She has her finger on the pulse, that lady.) It is worth the hunt, however. The cadence is perfect and the structure is so comforting. It's no wonder very small people seem to love it. Sometimes the pages will pop into my head odd moments. When I am watching the dog: "Bradley eats cat poop." Or during a particularly frustrating dinner: "Ewan eats air." The world does not need to see those illustrations, although I'm sure Kuo would somehow manage. And for the end-paper: Andrea eats chocolate.
Book-Scout over and out.