AGES 4-8: Do you remember the old woman who swallowed a fly? Now imagine that a coyote in the Southwestern desert has a similar gastronomical affliction.
Eating a flea that innocently inhabited his knee serves as a catalyst for this wild-eyed, adorable creature to devour any item he can choke down. Steve Gray’s playful illustrations show the coyote daring to eat things as tiny as a spotted lizard, as prickly as a cactus and as absurd as a huge horned bull. Adults and children alike will giggle with each turn of the page as the coyote indulges in a feeding frenzy. His appetite cannot be satiated, and readers will crave more from this author and illustrator partnership. —Serina Culleton