Kid Review: A Mouthful of Minnows by John Hare


About This 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.  

*Review Contributed by Cherokee Crum, Staff Reviewer*




found this to be a delightful, slightly suspenseful read for younger children.

Alfonso is hungry, will he or won’t he eat the minnows he has so sneakily lured into his mouth?

A Mouthful of Minnows is centralized around patience, friendship, and generosity. I loved how the alligator snapping turtle went against his hunger, and nature, to be kind to his breakfast.

The illustrations are adorable; they are textured/layered and really help bring this clever story to life. The story itself is really good, as well. The way the author baits the reader, pun totally intended, is fantastic and hooks little ones instantly. Children have no idea they are learning in a fun way.

The snapping turtle facts at the end are a great addition – my child is excited to check out the different turtles we encounter in the Michigan marsh lands.


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