A Mouthful of Minnows

by John Hare

On Sale: 05/10/2022

A Mouthful of Minnows

by John Hare

illustrated by John Hare

On Sale: 05/10/2022


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About the Book

A fishing story like no other! 

Alphonso the alligator snapping turtle can’t wait for breakfast. But what if his breakfast is too likable and friendly to eat? A Mouthful of Minnows is a humorous picture book about patience, generosity, friendship, and empathy (as well as the awesome mysteries of nature!) that will lure in fans of Ryan T. Higgins’s We Don’t Eat Our Classmates and Peter Brown’s You Will Be My Friend!

At the bottom of the pond, Alphonso the snapping turtle opens his mouth wide, wiggles his worm-like tongue, and waits patiently for breakfast. He barely notices a measly minnow, but he’s thrilled when the entire school shows up. Alphonso’s perseverance has paid off! But when a whole family of minnows arrives to celebrate together, Alphonso’s true character emerges, and he has second thoughts about the breakfast he’s been waiting for. 

Acclaimed author-artist John Hare’s artwork is textured, playful, educational, and energetic, bringing the depths of the underwater setting to life. A Mouthful of Minnows is a surprising and heartwarming picture book that is a great choice for story time and bedtime.

Includes information about alligator snapping turtles.  

Critical Praise

“Alphonso is an alligator snapping turtle, a species with a wormlike tongue that attracts unsuspecting fish. . . . He parks at the bottom of the pond with mouth open wide and tongue wriggling, waiting for breakfast to swim in. But when a school of minnows decides that the “worm” would make a perfect birthday present . . . Alphonso is so overcome that he not only loses his appetite, he also saves [them] . . . Hare’s spot-on characterizations are matched by the beauty of the book’s digitally finished acrylic settings.” — Publishers Weekly


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063093225
  • ISBN 10: 0063093227
  • Imprint: Greenwillow Books
  • On Sale: 05/10/2022
  • Pages: 40
  • List Price:21.99 CAD
  • Ages: 4 to 8
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Turtles
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings

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