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What Do You Do When Something Wants To Eat You?

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What would you do if something wanted to eat you? Walk on water? Stick out your tongue? Play dead? Animals in the wild use all kinds of methods to protect themselves from their enemies. Using dynamic and intricate cut-paper collages, Steve Jenkins explores the many fascinating and unique defense mechanisms creatures use to escape from danger.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 24th 2001 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1997)
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Jun 17, 2015 Katherine rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-stuff
In What Do You Do When Something Wants to Eat You, Steve Jenkins reveals the hidden defense mechanisms of some of nature’s most intriguing and resourceful creatures. As Jenkins asserts, “Most animals face the constant danger of being eaten by other animals. This book shows a few of the ways that they try to avoid this fate.” Each page shows an animal being tracked by a predator. Animals are identified in sentences that end in ellipses, leaving the reader hanging until the page is turned. After f ...more
Jul 08, 2014 Kaethe rated it it was amazing
Every week I try to find a favorite children's author, and grab whatever picture books are available. Just to keep my hand in, and to see what new work the author has done since I stopped reading picture books aloud. This week it was Jenkins, whose art is so compelling.


I really love Jenkin's art, which is only funny because I don't care for Carle at all. Anyway, fun book of factoids of defensive methods of the animal world. Good choice for a kid who likes nonfiction.

Library copy.
Katie Voss
Mar 23, 2015 Katie Voss rated it it was amazing
This book is a wonderful way to introduce animals to kids, especially since it's non-fiction. It's the perfect length for small kids, with just the right amount of surprise for each animal. I also love that it uses some non-traditional animals like the pangolin, and even names the specific types of snake, fly, etc. The illustrations were lively and engaging, and the kids absolutely loved the book. (They also loved acting out the animals afterwards, of course!)
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Steve Jenkins just has a way of making nonfiction more interesting than other authors, and this book is no different than his others. This book takes different animals and shows the different ways they protect themselves: from squirting ink to camouflage. The illustrations are done in Steve Jenkins’s paper-cut style and are done as well as his other books. The text, though simple, is full of information and definitely makes the reader want
This book from Steve Jenkins is alive with examples of animal response to danger, some camouflage, but many actions too. The illustrations are created in Jenkins’ usual collages, and the information is both informative and inviting. When reading, I immediately wanted to know more! One example: A hover fly protects itself from predator by mimicking a wasp which birds don’t like to eat. It’s a good beginner’s book is animal survival, adaptation.
Jun 20, 2014 Cemeread rated it really liked it
Shelves: ch-non-fiction
The title pretty much says it with this book. One page shows the animals giving it's name and a few words more and the next how it escapes. Most of the animals have unusual ways of escaping predators which makes this one especially fun. image the ooh and cool exclamations from the audience. The illustrations are the typical wonderful color filled paper collages Steve Jenkins ahs made famous.

preschool and up
Jan 28, 2011 Deborah rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
In Robb's book, Teaching Nonfiction Writing, there is a quote from David Quammen about good nonfiction finding the intersection between what's interesting and what's important. This book is a good example of that. It tells what animals do to protect themselves, but it finds the most interesting protective responses found in nature. Then the author explains them in two ways that I think are effective: first he sets up the beginning of the sentence with the animal and the potential threat. . . but ...more
Michele Knott
Jun 30, 2014 Michele Knott rated it it was amazing
Steve Jenkins does not go wrong. I love the simple pattern of the animal and illustration on one side and the way the animal avoids its predator on the other side. Love the last page, Jenkins poses the question "What would you do if something wanted to eat you?"
Haley VonFeldt
Sep 17, 2015 Haley VonFeldt rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I think it very age appropriate for first and second graders and would be fun for them to read. Maybe you could even get them to act it out or have this lead to a discussion on stranger danger.
Jan 01, 2016 Paul rated it liked it
Well-constructed narrative line that illustrates the defensive capacities of selected animals. The illustrations, made entirely of collage, are creative, striking, and optimally use each page's landscape.
James Harrison
Jun 06, 2015 James Harrison rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Teaches the important lessons of how sometimes things may want to eat you, and some strategies from around the animal kingdom to avoid getting eaten.

From the library.
Krista Vogt
This was a great picture book that tells about different wild animals and what different defense techniques they use to defend from the predators that try to eat them. The book shows through pictures predators that creep up on their prey and then the text describes what the prey does to defend themselves. Jenkins does a wonderful job showing and explaining the various wild animals.
This picture book is a great book for students to learn more about the various wild animals and their predator. The
Another hit by Steve Jenkins. The short descriptions of ways animals defend themselves are clear and accessible to transitional readers.
Dec 08, 2014 Peacegal rated it really liked it
No one wants to be eaten! Jenkins's illustrations are an absolute joy.
Mar 19, 2012 Jodi rated it liked it
I love Steve Jenkins' artwork, and the subject matter is always interesting and educational as well. This one wasn't as good as some of his others -- I missed the descriptions of the animals he usually includes in the last pages, and I thought the glass snake losing his tail was actually a bit disturbing. But there were also some fascinating tidbits: the pangolin can roll itself into an armor-plated ball to protect itself, and the flying fish can glide as far as a thousand feet!
Jan 08, 2009 Cindi rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Love it! With each animal example, you are introduced to the animal on one page and then must turn the page to see what that animal does in defense or offense. It was fun to read with the kids because I could ask them if they knew what that particular animal did. Sometimes they knew and sometimes not. As always, some really amazing facts from Steve Jenkins, represented by his excellent art work!
Jessica Lowery
Jun 30, 2013 Jessica Lowery rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Each page of this vivid book shows a predator species and a prey species; each page highlights a defense mechanism in the prey and teaches readers how animals adapt to survive. Jenkins uses an illustration technique that looks like cut paper scrap collage; I think it’s really effective. The colors are bold and the contrast is very strong.
Apr 18, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: at-bjhs, with-hugh
Steven Jenkins hasn't failed us yet. A non-fiction book has definitely done it's job when the reader wants to explore the topic more, which is exactly what happened here- when he finished, Hugh wanted to find out more about the bombardier beetle and the "Jesus Christ" lizard. Love it when a book sparks a kid's curiosity.
Carol Royce Owen
Nov 06, 2014 Carol Royce Owen rated it really liked it
A great non-fiction book by Steve Jenkins. Rates right up there with What Do You Do With a Tail Like That, this book shares great facts about what animals do when they are in danger. I did miss the wonderful facts about the animals mentioned that the author usually puts in the back of the book, though.
Like all of Steve Jenkins' books, his illustrations and ability to choose obscure and interesting animals really engage readers. A great book to talk about animal adaptations, camouflage, and the food chain. The book ends with the question: what would you do if something wanted to eat you?
Mar 02, 2011 Krystal rated it liked it
Linc liked this one, but it was a little over his head. I think it could have been better if they'd chosed to use photographs instead of illistrations, and also showed a before and after picture. Still good and informative though. But I do think Linc will like it better in a few years.
Sue Pak
Apr 19, 2012 Sue Pak rated it really liked it
I think this is a cute book.
This book shows paper collage illustrations so it's appealing to the eyes.
I would use this book to have a lesson on survival/extinction.

This could also be used to branch out onto food webs/food chains.
Grades 1-3.
Nov 16, 2011 Naomi added it
Shelves: animals, science
An interesting book on preditors and prey in the animal kingdom. It shows how the animals defend themselves. This would be a good starting point to learn more about these animals.
What would you do if something wanted to eat you? Walk on water? Stick out your tongue? Play dead? Animals in the wild use all kinds of methods to protect themselves from their enemies.
Grade: 2-5
Topic: survival, food chain

This book looks at the many different techniques and strategies animals have developed over time that help with their safety and survival.
Ashley Massa
Oct 29, 2012 Ashley Massa rated it it was amazing
Picture Book 37
Another great nonfiction picture book! Very informative in telling what different animals do to escape being attacked by prey. Fun and colorful pictures, too!
Dec 30, 2011 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animal-books
Setting aside the humorous title, this is a great piece of children's nonfiction that anyone could enjoy and would be especially entertaining to children. Nicely done.
Apr 26, 2012 Sydney rated it liked it
Shelves: animals
Wonderful text to compliment a lesson on the food chain or animal adaptations. Could be a little long for younger students but beneficial for so much information.
Kristiina Hurme
Feb 21, 2011 Kristiina Hurme rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents, biologist, artists
Recommended to Kristiina by: amazon
wonderful art with great accurate natural history!! i love it and have ordered even more Steve Jenkins books! seem great for kids!! i love it!
May 20, 2009 Angie rated it it was amazing
Steve Jenkins writes amazing non-fiction books for your animal lover children. I love him!
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