People Don't Bite People

People Don't Bite People

“It’s good to bite a carrot.

It’s good to bite a steak.

It’s BAD to bite your sister!

She’s not a piece of cake.”

PEOPLE DON’T BITE PEOPLE is an infectiously rhythmic, irresistibly laugh-inducing picture book-slash-instruction manual, explaining in verse what one should and should not be munching on with one’s teeth. In addition to being hysterically funny, the glowing retro illustrations by Caldecott Honor illustrator Molly Idle make this gem as notable visually as it is textually.

PEOPLE DON’T BITE PEOPLE begins with endpapers exposing an enormous squared-off pair of closed chompers. Then we turn to see the title page text arching across a huge open mouth and tongue set between the now-open teeth. Idle’s Prismacolor pencil-rendered illustrations mimic colorful versions of the sort of filmstrip illustrations that I recall teachers presenting to us when I was a young sprout back in the day. They reinforce the text’s lessons about biting into appropriate foods, and NOT taking a chunk out of such things as your mom, your dad, your ponytail, or your friends.


The text contains both verses and choruses, making this a ready-made song that just needs the right three chords to be performed.

“People don’t bite people.

You’re not a zombie, dude!

A friend will never bite a friend.


PEOPLE DON’T BITE PEOPLE is one tasty lesson that you don’t want to miss!

40 pages      978-1-4814-9082-6       Ages 4-8

Recommended by:  Richie Partington, MLIS  California  USA

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Lisa Wheeler and Caldecott Honor–winning illustrator Molly Idle remind overeager little biters that biting is for food in this hysterical read-aloud picture book. Learning good behavior has never been so fun!

It’s good to bite a carrot. It’s good to bite a steak. It’s bad to bite your sister! She’s not a piece of cake.

Cause… People don’t bite people! That’s what this book’s about. So if you find you’re tooth-inclined— you’d better check it out!--from the publisher

Other books on biting: No Biting! by Karen Katz; Little Dinos Don't Bite by Michael Dahl; Teeth Are Not For Biting by  

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