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This Is a Taco!

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  650 ratings  ·  262 reviews
This is a squirrel . . . "Hey, I may be a squirrel, but my name is Taco! And I don't eat nuts and tree bark—blech—I prefer tacos!" The natural predator of squirrels is . . . "Whoa, whoa, whoa! Who is writing this book? I do not like where this is going." This hilarious send-up of a children's nature primer teaches kids that the most important story is the one you write you ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Oni Press
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[Shai] Bibliophage
This is a Taco by Cangelose and Shipley is a cute and funny story that even adults, such as I, will be delighted to read. In the beginning, the storyteller gives facts about squirrels but the character Squirrel made reading much interesting because of how funny he reacts to the trivia being discussed. This 30-page children's picture book is a marvelous and worthy to read, even if you're already way beyond the target audience of this book.
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Ok, I have a confession to make. I don't like squirrels. At all. I have a long-standing feud with one particular squirrel about the property rights in my backyard. But Taco the squirrel is pretty funny. I mean, I like tacos too, so I get his motivation.

This book starts out as a cheeky little fact book about squirrels. The main character, Taco, is used to illustrate (sometimes to his dismay) some of the things that squirrels do. About halfway through the book things get more interesting as Taco
Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー
Where do I start with this gem taco of a book?

This is one of the funniest picture books I've ever read. It's so loveable and relatable, and definitely appropriate for children and adults alike.

This book deals with stereotypes in a way that doesn't preach to the choir.

I've always found that picture books which incorporate the book itself in a self-referential manner always transcend your everyday info-dump of "This is a cat. The cat is ginger and has red stripes". Creativity is key to impressing
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-2018, 2018
This is a book about squirrels tacos. This children's book was a blast. I loved the self-reverential nature of Taco. While we learn facts about squirrels, Taco is quickly getting upset about these facts. It reminded me some of one of my all time favorite children's books, "The Monster at the End of This Book" where Grover is trying to stop you from turning each page.

Received a review copy from Lion Forge and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This book was absolutely ADORABLE!! Also very funny AND informative, so it pretty much had my attention the whole way through. The artwork was, in my opinion, quite good and clear, the MC Taco was funny and the part with the hawk had me laughing and saying "Oh no!" out loud.

Also, this fun fact had me going to Dr. Google.

Did you know that squirrels can turn their ankles BACKWARDS?!?! That had me putting the book down and going online IMMEDIATELY. It sounded so weird and pre-posterous, but IT IS
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, netgalley
This is a hilarious children's book told by a squirrel named Taco. It starts with a few facts about squirrels. Taco is fine, until the author tells us what squirrels eat. At this point Taco speaks directly to the reader, explaining that he does not like nuts and tree bark, his favorite food is tacos! As the facts continue, Taco intervenes more and more actually changing the story to what he wants it to say. This is a great book for young readers and writers as well as being used for a mentor tex ...more
Montzalee Wittmann
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This Is a Taco! by Andrew Cangelose and illustrator Josh Shipley is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. I loved this kids book! It is so cute! The funny story about a squirrel trying to tell about squirrels but it gets all messed up. The illustrations are hilarious! Kids will love this! A definite winner!
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Squirrel and Taco Fans everywhere!!!

I would like to thank NetGalley and Lion Forge for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

So, I got yet another children’s book from NetGalley and this book is called “This is a Taco!” by Andrew Cangelose along with artwork by Josh Shipley. I must say that this is seriously one of the FUNNIEST children’s books I had ever read for the modern era of children’s books!

Meet Taco! Taco is a squirrel who happens to love eating tacos and he only agreed to be in this book i
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fun book for kids. We have an adorable squirrel who volunteers to teach kids about squirrels in hopes of getting tacos. He goes along with the teachers for awhile but uses his intellegence to change the story to his own happy ending. Adorable art! Adorable story! Definitely a good choice for a gift for your favorite kindergartener.
5 stars
A cute laugh-out-loud book about a squirrel who likes tacos and must have them. It starts off with the other stating facts about squirrels but Taco slowly takes over >:D
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a gorgeous little story with adorable illustrations, in the vein of the classic The Monster at the End of this Book, as well as more recent titles like I Want to Be in a Scary Story, Do Not Open This Book, There’s a Dragon in Your Book, It's a Story, Rory!, and Battle Bunny (more the former two than the latter three, but they all follow a pattern of sorts, with the characters in the books talking to the narrator or the kids, and taking it upon themselves to change their story, sometimes ...more
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Underwhelming. The 6 year old didn't get it. Wavered between being an in-joke for adults and informative for the kids. ...more
Scottsdale Public Library
A hysterical book loaded with facts about squirrels! Definitely a laugh out loud fun way to learn more about our bushy tailed friends.
-- Jennifer K.
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

"Kids, remember: If you want tacos in your story, then YOU make sure there are tacos in your story."

I just LOVE tacos (though I am not sure if I love them as much as Taco the squirrel in this book) and so I had to try out this book. Boy, I am hungry for tacos now. Too bad I can't just get/make a taco at this moment. Argh. So warning to all, be sure to have tacos with you when reading because you will want some after reading.

3.5 stars

Taco is a squirrel. A squirrel who loves tacos. He LOVES tacos. Not nuts. Not tree bark. Not gliding through the air. And definitely NOT hawks, who are the natural predators of squirrels. He really does not love hawks. He also does not love being restricted to preconceived notions. Taco says to ignore the factual information about squirrels that Caneglose and Shipley provide and to listen to his words instead. After all, it's HIS story, no one else's, and who knows more about Taco than
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kids love silly books. Sometimes the kind of humor that kids love, works for adults as well. In this case, it was dumb humor, which I usually don't like, but it worked for me. The fourth wall has come down, and Taco, the name of the squirrel , takes over.

This starts out being an educational book about squirrels, but then jumps the shark, and goes off the rails, as Taco takes over the narrative, and saves his own life.

Taco is funny, and silly and dumb, and I had a lot of fun reading about him.

May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All questions answered by my 4 year old

Do you like this book?
Yeah! Because I love squirrels and tacos! We eat tacos a lot!

What's your favorite part of the book?
When there's a GIANT TACO! It's going to eat the other tacos! That's silly! And then when he has to eat the tree and he says ew blegh!

What do you think of the cover?
It has a squirrel eating a taco! Squirrels don't eat tacos!

Do you want me to read it again?

This book literally had me cracking up. I was laughing so hard. Squirrels and
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
A children book which start like a «documentary» meaning that's present basic, but interesting fact about squirrel, and then slowly, but certainly turn into a supposedly funny , but it isn't, book about a squirrel who enjoy tacos way too much. Good job by the illustrator, worth mentioning the art is beautiful. That's it... ...more
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love squirrels and am known to follow squirrels to take a picture of them. My love for squirrels is why I had to pick up this book. This is a witty story about a squirrel named Taco who is not the average squirrel and loves to eat taco's. It's a very informative about squirrels (what they eat, what there habits are and such) until Taco the squirrel takes over the story from the narrator. Which I thought was very cute. If you love animals and want something funny to read with a kid, than this i ...more
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: haven-read, arc
This is a hilarious children's book told by a squirrel named Taco. Taco speaks directly to the reader, explaining a few facts about squirrels and sharing his favorite food - tacos, of course! The illustrations and the interactive story make this a laugh out loud read for kids!
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for offering a digital ARC to review!
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a witty and funny book about a squirrel named taco, and would you believe it, his favourite food is tacos! Taco (the squirrel, takes over the narrative in a book about squirrels. It reminded me a bit of one of my favourite childhood books, The Monster at the End of the Book.

Thank you to Net Galley for the ARC.
This was a funny little book about a squirrel called Taco who just wanted a friggin taco.

Lol. I loved the clever little things it did to avoid certain doom and loved that it got his heart's desires in the end.

It also had great graphics and I really enjoyed it.

*** Free Copy Graciously Provided By Publisher InExchange For An Honest, Unbiased Review ***
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book at BEA 2018. It successfully combines humor and education. It starts off with a hungry, funny squirrel that we are learning about — I even shouted at my husband “hey, did you know squirrels can rotate their ankles completely backward!” Then when it talks about his natural predator “the hawk” the book really becomes interactive with the squirrel altering the book. The illustrations are top notch! Fun stuff here.
Charlotte Lisbon
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was a lot of fun to read and even taught me stuff about squirrels that I as an adult reader did not know before.. The illustrations were very beautiful and the lesson behind the story was good. I might have gone with a more healthy food choice as this book is aimed at kids and therefore would not buy it for my niece since she would want nothing other than tacos. But if you have a kid who enjoys healthy food and will not be tempted by fast food I would definitely recommend this book.
Rogene Carter
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is the most hilarious picture book I have ever read. I loved how Taco hijacked the book and made it about tacos. Super inventive.
Andrea Roberts
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
A squirrel named Taco explains the truth about squirrels, though, in the process, he is forced to cross out much of the text of this book.
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious and adorable!! For fans of squirrels and tacos alike!
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Taco is a squirrel. He is the star of this seemingly informational book about squirrels. Taco doesn't like everything that's in this book, so he decides to change a bunch of the words. That doesn't always work out as he planned, but it ends up great for taco lovers!

Good for preschool storytimes. It would be great for school age kids who are doing a unit on writing and editing your work as well.
Gary Anderson
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A perky squirrel named Taco shows up on the first page to introduce himself and explains that he is named after his favorite food. From there, This Is a Taco hilariously competes with itself as the nonfiction text about squirrels is interrupted by Taco’s enthusiastic infusion of commentary about those facts. Andrew Cangelose and illustrator Josh Shipley accomplish the rare feat of combining humor, information, and a narrative storyline. This Is a Taco is a great choice for readers who enjoy Davi ...more
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