Xavier has a problem. He is visiting the zoo and his lunch goes missing. Where can it be? Carefully, he goes from animal to animal, asking each of them, "Are you eating my lunch?" To his disappointment, each animal tells him that they are eating what one would expect them to - the goat has hay, the seal has fish, etc. Finally, he comes across the zookeeper eating at a picnic table. "Are you eating my lunch?" Xavier asks him and waits to hear the answer.
In a style reminiscent of Are You My Mother? or Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? the story follows a pattern that makes it easy for early readers to pick up on it. Once they sense the pattern, they may easily draw clues from the pictures to help them reason out the words. Because the text is in both English and French, it would be a perfect book for ELL readers or for a class in elementary school teaching English to French-speakers or French to English-speakers. The illustrations are bright and clear, and easy to understand.
This would be a good addition to elementary classrooms, ELL programs, and school libraries. It would also be a pleasant story for a parent and child to read together. Children would have fun creating their own version of the story featuring animals of their own choice, and then creating the illustrations.
I read an electronic copy provided by the author for review purposes. For more information about the author and her other books, please visit http://drnicolebook.com/ (English site) or http://www.nicoleaudet.com/ (French site).