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My Desert Library for Kiddos: Lizards for Lunch

Nothing awakens my inner child than a brand-new picture book . . . Not candy, not any other fleeting thrill, but rather something that plants a seed of creativity and sends me off to new perspectives, new journeys to explore.
Here’s one for you that not only satisfies the creative child, but also my desert love . . .

My Desert Love Blog - Must-Have Book for Kids: Lizards for Lunch

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Title: Lizards for Lunch: A Roadrunner’s Tale

Written by Conrad J. Storad

Illustrated by Beth Neely and Don Rantz

I blinked and its 2015 and this book was published in 2002.

I felt it was high time to feature this book and express its value for your “Desert Library.” Especially for those who live in the Southwestern deserts of the United States, where the roadrunner and horned toads are very well-known and well-considered critters. Its a book that uses clever rhyming versus, which is an entertaining must for younger children, but the language is thankfully not in its simplest form.

Educational Value: High

Learning about desert wildlife.

This book creatively and elaborately introduces the roadrunner. Explaining its life in the Southwestern desert as an active and adventurous one. A proud, fast bird with a tendency to run all day on its “skinny legs” and funny feet. “Lizards for Lunch” touches on an emphasis on the roadrunner’s diet, intimidating feeding activity, and appetite. Its favorite being the horned toad, “plump, soft, and chewy [f]at ones with horns tasted best.”  A companion two-page reference essay on the roadrunner is also provided for readers to digest in detail.

Illustration Value: High

Detailed, Expressive, Humorous, and Various

Just don’t take my word for it. I am sharing a variety of snapshots for you to view and gauge for yourself! I believe picture book appreciation, as in art appreciation, is a very personal thing. So, take a gander and see if you can agree.

**Please note: These are my personal photographs of the book. Taken outside in the natural sunlight. So, keep in mind that the colors are not as vivid as the true printing of this publication. 

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I really do hope this assists you in deciding for your children’s library. It is my ultimate goal in sharing my book review posts. Just so many titles available out there. I have done my share of hit and miss with book purchases. Why not share my book library, in particular my book loves with you?! This will be the first of plenty more book reviews for your desert library.

Here are more works by Conrad J. Storad, as well as another collaboration with Beth Neely & Don Rantz (Don’t Call Me Pig!) available at:


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  1. January 25, 2016    

    My son LOVES animals, and I can totally see him getting into this book! Awesome!
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    • Vi
      January 27, 2016    

      Aw – I hope so! Critter love needs to start early. So easy to let our fears distract us from the beauty of nature and wildlife. Then we forget all the animal cues that we all possess.

  2. January 22, 2016    

    I don’t live anywhere near a desert, so these animals are not too well-known to me. However, I think for kids (and aduts’ inner children) who do live in a desert area, this picture book is great.
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    • Vi
      January 23, 2016    

      I never thought I would end up in the desert either – I’m such a water baby – Cancer thru and thru and yet here I am and it is very inspiring. So glad that you agree with my book review!

    • Vi
      January 23, 2016    

      Never thought I would end up in the desert. I am such a water baby – Cancer thru and thru and yet here I am! So glad you agree with my book review!

  3. August 25, 2015    

    I love giving books as gifts and will be adding this one to my list! Thank you!

    • August 26, 2015    

      Thanks so much for stopping by. Glad it was helpful, too!

  4. August 25, 2015    

    This looks like a really cute book. I love the illustrations and it looks like it teaches kids a lot about the desert. Thank you for the great review!
    Shann Eva recently posted…Tumbling with Twin ToddlersMy Profile

    • August 26, 2015    

      Thanks so much! Hopefully the first of many. I’ve got so much to share and sounds like you do too! Best wishes to you and your sweet ones.

    • September 3, 2015    

      My very first review, so I really appreciate the feedback. Glad it helps you and so happy to share the book love!

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