I Won't Eat That by Christopher Silas Neal is the kind of picture book kids LOVE. There is dissatisfaction, exploration, questions asked, repetition and an inevitable ending that is delightful precisely because it is expected.
Perfectly capturing typical "cattitude," I Won't Eat That begins, "Dogs eat dog food. Fish eat fish food. But I'm a cat, and I will not eat cat food." The cat heads out into the world to see what other animals eat.
Asking the same question of every animal the cat encounters, each animal's food of choice does not appeal to the finicky cat. Each animal speaks adoringly of their diet, from worms to rabbits to ants to food that glows in the dark - bioluminescent phytoplankton! In the final pages, the frustrated, hungry cat encounters a mouse who asks, "What does a cat eat?" The final page shows the cat eyeing the mouse hungrily, with the endpapers, repeating the polkadot pattern at the start of the book, include a mouse running off the page, looking back for predators...
While has has illustrated several book covers and six picture books, I Won't Eat That is the second book Neal has both authored and illustrated and I look forward to his next!
Source: Review Copy