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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Bea Reviews This Is a Taco by Andrew Cangelose & Illustrated by Josh Shipley

This Is a Taco!, Review, Bea's Book Nook, Andrew Cangelose, Josh Shipley
Publisher: Lion Forge
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: May 1st, 2018
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Blurb from goodreads:

This is a squirrel . . . "Hey, I may be a squirrel, but my name is Taco! And I don't eat nuts and tree bark—blech—I prefer tacos!" The natural predator of squirrels is . . . "Whoa, whoa, whoa! Who is writing this book? I do not like where this is going." This hilarious send-up of a children's nature primer teaches kids that the most important story is the one you write yourself.

My Thoughts:

Taco is a squirrel. A squirrel who loves tacos. He LOVES tacos. Not nuts. Not tree bark. Not gliding through the air. And definitely NOT hawks, who are the natural predators of squirrels. He really does not love hawks. He also does not love being restricted to preconceived notions. Taco says to ignore the factual information about squirrels that Caneglose and Shipley provide and to listen to his words instead. After all, it's HIS story, no one else's, and who knows more about Taco than Taco himself.

"This Is a Taco!" is a delightful and funny story about a squirrel's love for tacos, and his defense of the tacos that he wants to eat. Taco the squirrel is a quick thinker, somewhat selfish and conceited, but also clever, funny, and independent. He takes no guff from anyone, not even his authors. He has no problem editing their work and re-writing the story to suit his needs.

Taco takes charge of his life and changes what doesn't work for him, a great message for kids and one that is subtly done. Read it for the humor and cute pictures, and absorb a lesson or two in the process. "This Is a Taco!" will be enjoyed by young kids and adults alike. 


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