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Me Hungry!

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  234 ratings  ·  52 reviews
An inventive Stone Age boy takes matters into his own hands in a humorous, satisfying story for every young child who wants something NOW.

"Me hungry!" the boy pleads. "Me busy," say his preoccupied mom and dad. So the boy decides to go hunting, setting his sights on an elusive rabbit, a prickly porcupine, a too-mean tiger, and finally, a like-minded mammoth who’s more than
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 22nd 2008 by Candlewick
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Liza Gilbert
This is a great way to teach kids how to annoy you in a grammatically incorrect fashion. I'm not sure what the point of the story is other than to play the caveman gimmick to death. The language is annoying, but the art is kind of cute.
Nice, bright pictures, cute story. But I'm not sure how wise it is to us "caveman language" in a book for children who are just learning to speak and read.
Again, amazing visuals from Jeremy Tankard. Another simple and fun story well worth the read.
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Mimi Laso
5/5 Stars!!!!!

This is a cute and simple story about a prehistoric boy who is really hungry. His parents ignore his requests and he goes off to find something to eat. It teaches about independence and friendship.

This story is very simple and easy to read. It can be used for any age group; babies through preschoolers. It isn't too wordy and can be read rather quickly. Children will really enjoy it and might even participate while being read to.

I absolutely loved it!

How much story can be told with 51 words? Quite a lot and the author/illustrator shows quite a lot with his art, too!
A cave person family is busy but their son is hungry. And finds his own way to solve his dilemma.

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I read this in a toddler storytime with another librarian. The kids LOVED IT. Lots of giggles! Fun for the reader and audience. Great for toddler age group (low word count, easy to get excited, and lots of colors and funny illustrations). I used it for a popocorn theme as there were not many books on popcorn that were appropriate for the age group.
A cute story but the caveman language drove me nuts. I like that the caveboy finds a solution when his parents are busy. This story could be a great discussion starter on being independent in solving problems or patient for someone to help you. Tankard's drawings are simple but a perfect fit.
I am becoming addicted to children's books! I loved this board book. In fact, as a librarian, I convinced visiting small children to sit and listen while I shared it with them. Not a lot of words. A simple but very entertaining story.
I had a blast reading this one in my caveman voice at story time. Funny & sparsely worded.
Aaron Wong
So much for good English.
Mar 03, 2011 Tdavis rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Baby - Preschool
“Me Hungry!” “Me Busy.” This is a wonderful great story illustrating the a primal need and a friendship formed. The cartoon like illustrations will appeal to a young audience. With very few words this book tells the tale of a cave-child unsuccessful search for food. Funny and sweet. The words are boldly printed just like the emotions.

Early Literacy Skills:

Narrative Skills
Print Awareness
Print Motivation

Also, available as a board book.
Scottsdale Public Library
Told entirely in “stone age” dialogue, the simple story unfolds of a boy, his need of sustenance, and his ingenuity in finding both food and a friend when family members are busy in other pursuits. If you like this one, you may also like, "Me Want Pet!" 2012, by Tammi Sauer/Bob Shea. This time it’s a different, but still timeless, desire pulling at our cave boy protagonist. - Kate D.
A tried and true favorite of storytimes! This book features a Caveboy who declares to everything and anything that he's hungry. The wording is sparse, but a good storyteller can drag out the short book and "ham" it up. Clean language and bright, simple pictures coupled with the Caveboy's grammatically tone-deaf persona make ME HUNGRY a joy to read time and time again.
Kristen Thompson
This book is about a jungle boy who repeatedly says "Me hungry" but cannot find food because people are too busy to help him or he messes with the wrong animals. The sentences in the book are simple 2-3 word sentences which makes it an easy read. It is a pretty humorous book as well. No in depth plot, not too engaging.
ME HUNGRY. Me busy... me, me, me etc. I'm sure this very basic two word sentence structure in this story will be fun for some to read or listen to, but I thought it was very flat. The finale of the story doesn't seem that exciting and I'm not sure the youngsters would get it. The one star is for the excellent artwork.
What is a cave-boy to do when his mama and papa are too busy to feed him? HE HUNT! Well- that isn't as easy as it sounds! When the animals are too sneaky or dangerous to get a spear into, Tankard's little cave-boy has to find a new approach to filling his belly.

Another winner from Jeremy Tankard!
Cute and a fun choice for younger children. The book has a very few words and many bright and engaging pictures...I know it's unfair, since it's the point, but the grammar bothers me. I'm somewhat uncomfortable reading a book like this to children with developing language skills.
Hilarious prehistoric picture book about a boy who is on a quest to find his own dinner and in the process meets a variety of creatures ready to teach him about human’s place in the world. This book has amazing illustrations and uses about two to three words per page.
Jeremy Tankard knows his audience: kindergarteners! Although not as endearing a story as those of his earlier work (Grumpy Bird & Boo Hoo Bird), this very simple tale of a hungry cave-boy who makes a new friend is sure to delight toddlers and preschoolers!
Dec 20, 2008 Beth rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Families with children just starting to read
Recommended to Beth by: Found it in my shipment of new books at the library
This book is simple, but so very lovable. It would be easy for a new reader to put together the words with the pictures, and yet it's so much more enjoyable for children than many early reader books. I'll be recommending this one for weeks, I'm sure of it.
A cute book about a hungry little cave boy who's parents are to busy to make him a snack. This could be a fun read aloud book for young kiddos because of all the silly sounds and faces the reader can make with the story.
curious to try this with outreach preschool to see if they "get" it. love the art. love the grunting conversational tone. boys may relate since they have limited capacity to communicate. that comment is for zack. ha ha ha.
Mar 20, 2009 Barbara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Pre - K
By the author of 'Grumpy Bird' (which I adore!), this humorous look at caveman life and minimalist language has a similar bold, clean, expressive art style. It's great fun, but I think Grumpy Bird is still my favorite.
Sep 08, 2008 Natalie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Susan D.
Little Edwin the caveboy faces more than just the Omnivore's Dilemna. It's not just what to eat when "you hungry" but how to get it yourself. I like that he takes the herbivore approach at the end.
Feb 11, 2013 Carly rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Very simple text written in a caveman dialect. A little cave boy is hungry but everyone is too busy to feed him. He goes off on the hunt and finally encounters an elephant who helps him find food.
LandOLakes Library
A simple but sweet story of the difficulties a young caveman faces hunting for food and the wonders of a beautiful friendship. Great illustrations make this story really come alive.
Funny read-aloud for 3-5's. Very short, good for the end of story time. Recommended on Elizabeth Bird's blog. Would be good for Family theme, for Self Esteem or just for funny stories.
I'm not so sure what to feel about this book.
Well, it is a CUTE one but
I feel kids might get a wrong message
"forming sentences in a wrong way". I gave it 3 stars though S:
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I get ideas by watching and listening all the time. I also keep a sketchbook and am constantly doodling and creating characters," Jeremy Tankard says. Growing up in Cape Town, South Africa, Columbia, South Carolina, Hazard, Kentucky, and finally Knoxville, Tennessee Jeremy Tankard, the son of a story telling father and a mother who oversaw libraries, was always surrounded by stories and inspiratio ...more
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