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Savage. Menacing. Ruthless. Predators get a pretty bad rap. Sure, they prey on helpless animals that never stand a chance, but behind those jagged teeth, powerful jaws, and razor-sharp claws, every predator has a softer side. Maybe even an adorable one. Everyone has compassion for the cute bunny or lamb. But what about their predators who are working hard for their meal? Cap Savage. Menacing. Ruthless. Predators get a pretty bad rap. Sure, they prey on helpless animals that never stand a chance, but behind those jagged teeth, powerful jaws, and razor-sharp claws, every predator has a softer side. Maybe even an adorable one. Everyone has compassion for the cute bunny or lamb. But what about their predators who are working hard for their meal? Capturing their prey is a life-or-death game. Just think about the last time you had to hunt for food while hangry. You can understand, right? Including famous quotes from history that give context to these disturbingly cute illustrations, Alex Solis shares his sense of humor while giving readers a way to enjoy the darkest parts of life with a smile. It’s time to give theses predators a break! Because, in the end, both predators and their prey play a role. I mean, it’s not their fault they were made this way! They’re just living off of instincts, doing what comes naturally to them. So rather than turning away from nature, let’s celebrate all the animals who complete The Adorable Circle of Life.


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Savage. Menacing. Ruthless. Predators get a pretty bad rap. Sure, they prey on helpless animals that never stand a chance, but behind those jagged teeth, powerful jaws, and razor-sharp claws, every predator has a softer side. Maybe even an adorable one. Everyone has compassion for the cute bunny or lamb. But what about their predators who are working hard for their meal? Cap Savage. Menacing. Ruthless. Predators get a pretty bad rap. Sure, they prey on helpless animals that never stand a chance, but behind those jagged teeth, powerful jaws, and razor-sharp claws, every predator has a softer side. Maybe even an adorable one. Everyone has compassion for the cute bunny or lamb. But what about their predators who are working hard for their meal? Capturing their prey is a life-or-death game. Just think about the last time you had to hunt for food while hangry. You can understand, right? Including famous quotes from history that give context to these disturbingly cute illustrations, Alex Solis shares his sense of humor while giving readers a way to enjoy the darkest parts of life with a smile. It’s time to give theses predators a break! Because, in the end, both predators and their prey play a role. I mean, it’s not their fault they were made this way! They’re just living off of instincts, doing what comes naturally to them. So rather than turning away from nature, let’s celebrate all the animals who complete The Adorable Circle of Life.

30 review for The Adorable Circle of Life: A Cute Celebration of Savage Predators and Their Hopeless Prey

  1. 5 out of 5

    karen

    grrrrr - nature's fierce determination!!! welcome to the seething mass of contradictions that is me!! i just had my heart broken after reading Call of the Cats: What I Learned about Life and Love from a Feral Colony because the idea of raccoons eating cats was too unfair to accept. cute should never devour cute! and yet, this book is wholly composed of cute devouring cute, and i’m completely on board. enough to forgive the kitty-munching raccoon, seen here making better choices: i’m not be grrrrr - nature's fierce determination!!! welcome to the seething mass of contradictions that is me!! i just had my heart broken after reading Call of the Cats: What I Learned about Life and Love from a Feral Colony because the idea of raccoons eating cats was too unfair to accept. cute should never devour cute! and yet, this book is wholly composed of cute devouring cute, and i’m completely on board. enough to forgive the kitty-munching raccoon, seen here making better choices: i’m not being more lenient this time on the grounds that birds are asking for it, because although many birds do get eaten here: i also support all the cutie-mammals getting nommed: it helps to realize just how happy these creatures are to be fulfilling their role in the predator/prey interaction: i live to nourish others! for the glory of shark week! there are 30 different meals on the menu, listed in the appendix alongside greg’s favorite picture: but it’s not always clear who’s winning: and who’s just waiting in the wings for one giant meal. bluebird of greediness: each adorable attack is accompanied by a quote or passage, usually focused on the majesty of the predator in the relationship. however, there are exceptions, including this one that shows that benjamin franklin sure knew what was what: ”For my own part, I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen the representative of our country. He is a bird of bad moral character. He does not get his living honestly.” leaving aside the redundancy of “a bird of bad moral character,” this may be a comfort to those of you questioning that which currently represents our country. benjamin franklin promises it gets better. wolf promises nothing. there’s a giveaway for this book going on right now! so try your luck! https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/sh... oh, and there's also a coloring book! The Adorable Circle of Life Adult Coloring Book come to my blog!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    "Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter"--Zimbabwean proverb I got this from the library because of Karen's review, which you should check out now, but I warn you, it will show cute little animals. . . eating each other. The "circle of life" referred to here includes death, and speaks to the food chain, so is not for 1) little children, let's get that out of the way right off the bat; 2) for people who don't like to consider that eating mea "Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter"--Zimbabwean proverb I got this from the library because of Karen's review, which you should check out now, but I warn you, it will show cute little animals. . . eating each other. The "circle of life" referred to here includes death, and speaks to the food chain, so is not for 1) little children, let's get that out of the way right off the bat; 2) for people who don't like to consider that eating meat also involves killing them; 3) people who think cats are "bad" and can be reformed when they drag dead or dying birds to your doorstep; 4) those who like to watch Animal Kingdom, but wish they would cut away every time a hyena kills an antelope. I seem to be reading an increasing number of picture books, many of which fit the "adorable" category. Some are downright cloying and I sort of tend to run to the other, Edmund Gorey. So the appeal here is to those adults who like to read anti-picturebooks such as Go the F--- To Sleep, books that tell the truth about the world and function as a kind of commentary on picture books and what we do and do not do through them. This book says "predators get a pretty bad rap," and tells the truth about the food chain. And is darkly funny, and sometimes provocative, with quotations about animals and eating on the pages facing the illustrations. "When the fox hears the rabbit scream, he comes running, but not to help"--Thomas Harris. Hannibal "Even as I speak, the last polar bear may be dying of hunger on account of climate change, on account of us. And I sure miss polar bears. Their babies are so warm and cuddly, just like ours"--Kurt Vonnegut, Armageddon in Retrospect. "It's not easy being green"--Kermit the Frog "What could be more important than having a little something to eat?"--Winnie the Pooh. Karen does a project every month on Goodreads, and I recommend you follow her. Her August 2019 project involves the The Adorable Circle of Life Coloring Book, which I do not (yet) own (it should arrive any day now). Thanks, Karen!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mir

    I was duped into reading a review of this by the cover and its promise of adorableness and it was DEPRESSING NOT ADORABLE and did nothing to improve my horrible day. Fuck you, Nature Red in Tooth and Claw, and also fuck you, human assholes. Where is that Kingdom Come? I am ready to lie down with lions and lambs in harmonious cuddlesomeness. God better be making good on that.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Genius concept for the art! Cute and fuzzy predators eat their cute and fuzzy prey in all of nature's bloody glory. Alas, each single page of adorable and gory art is accompanied by a page with one or two short quotations from famous people, some of which work better than others to add drama or irony to the picture. For instance an absolutely darling kitten chomps into a resigned but resentful bluebird across from this line: "The reason cats climb is so that they can look down on almost every oth Genius concept for the art! Cute and fuzzy predators eat their cute and fuzzy prey in all of nature's bloody glory. Alas, each single page of adorable and gory art is accompanied by a page with one or two short quotations from famous people, some of which work better than others to add drama or irony to the picture. For instance an absolutely darling kitten chomps into a resigned but resentful bluebird across from this line: "The reason cats climb is so that they can look down on almost every other animal - - it's also the reason they hate birds." - K. C. Buffington Not for the faint of heart, but just right for those who feel happy for their dog when they see he's caught a stupid suburban bunny that has foolishly wandered into the back yard. A Christmas present from me to my wife.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Peacegal

    Imagine those sappy "Big Eye" images of the 1960s with a lot more blood and gore. This is a very strange book, and decidedly not for kids, but it is also funny if you appreciate dark humor and weird juxtapositions. I also learned a couple of things, like that hippos are actually omnivores who occasionally turn away from grazing to feed on carrion or capture living prey. Imagine those sappy "Big Eye" images of the 1960s with a lot more blood and gore. This is a very strange book, and decidedly not for kids, but it is also funny if you appreciate dark humor and weird juxtapositions. I also learned a couple of things, like that hippos are actually omnivores who occasionally turn away from grazing to feed on carrion or capture living prey.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Adele

    The pictures are exactly what you would expect from the title: adorable animals with big eyes gleefully (and bloodily) eating each other. Some of the quotes enhanced the experience by acknowledging the savagery of nature, and others felt so jarringly out of place the juxtaposition added to the shock humor of seeing cute animals be violent, but a lot of the text just seemed to be there to take up space. Unexpected side effect of reading this book: it prompted several google searches. Do hedgehogs The pictures are exactly what you would expect from the title: adorable animals with big eyes gleefully (and bloodily) eating each other. Some of the quotes enhanced the experience by acknowledging the savagery of nature, and others felt so jarringly out of place the juxtaposition added to the shock humor of seeing cute animals be violent, but a lot of the text just seemed to be there to take up space. Unexpected side effect of reading this book: it prompted several google searches. Do hedgehogs eat snakes? Can an octopus eat a seagull? That can't be real, can it?

  7. 4 out of 5

    J

    This was a book that was recommended to me and one that normally would have been easy for me to categorize. Instead after reading it it becomes actually kind of hard to shelf this book. One suggested shelf offered by GR is comedy but this book wasn't funny nor would it be a childrens' book, especially if you don't like the repetitve blood, graphic maiming from the front to the back cover and a glimpse of brain. Neither is it fiction or non-fiction. Instead the book is a strange combination of c This was a book that was recommended to me and one that normally would have been easy for me to categorize. Instead after reading it it becomes actually kind of hard to shelf this book. One suggested shelf offered by GR is comedy but this book wasn't funny nor would it be a childrens' book, especially if you don't like the repetitve blood, graphic maiming from the front to the back cover and a glimpse of brain. Neither is it fiction or non-fiction. Instead the book is a strange combination of cutesy art and quotes relating to the animals shown. Again the artwork is kind of really graphic thus throwing off the adorable factor. And if you aren't disturbed by the gore then you may be by the actual fact that all the creatures are smiling at the reader even the ones that are being eaten alive almost as if everyone is having a great time. The quotes have been collected from various sources and they include at least one of the animals whether it is prey or predator, sometimes both. There are some big names that people will recognize while others are a little lesser known. There is also an index in the back that tells the basic animals showing up in each pair for those who are interested. So all in all this book is rather well organized for all intents and purposes. But at the same time there is no realism to the book nor fact besides animals eating animals. The prey isn't fighting for their survival but rather meek as lambs at sacrifice and they have a male lion chomping down just to name a few. And the Freading version that I read was really awful in its formatting. There were a lot of blank white pages between the illustrations and/or quote pages. I would have really enjoyed to have seen a physical copy to see how the actual formatting turned out and how it may have improved the book more for the reader. In the end it could be used to help children recognize the fact that being eaten is a part of the food chain even if it is unrealistic and you can overlook the gore. Otherwise I am not quite sure who this book could be recommended to that would truly enjoy it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Angie Simmonds

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and I thought it sounded like a great book to teach my 9 year old animal loving granddaughter that yes, animals do have to eat other animals to survive. Then I saw the pictures... Suffice it to say, I will not be letting her read this yet. Oh, the cartoon animals are adorable enough. Even the animals that are getting chomped on with blood running down their head have sweet smiles on their faces, like they are enjoying it. I for one did not!

  9. 4 out of 5

    April

    If you are looking for a kid-friendly book, don't let the words "Adorable" & "Cute" in the title fool you in thinking it's appropriate for children 10 and under. The illustrations are graphic, despite being cartoonish. While the illustrations weren't my favorite, I enjoyed several of the quotes, such as: "Snake looks scary for us and we look scary for the snake! Always try to see yourself from the eyes of others!" I also noticed the #1 predator from the animal kingdom was missing from the book - If you are looking for a kid-friendly book, don't let the words "Adorable" & "Cute" in the title fool you in thinking it's appropriate for children 10 and under. The illustrations are graphic, despite being cartoonish. While the illustrations weren't my favorite, I enjoyed several of the quotes, such as: "Snake looks scary for us and we look scary for the snake! Always try to see yourself from the eyes of others!" I also noticed the #1 predator from the animal kingdom was missing from the book - HUMANS. Quick read, but it was mostly a book of quotes - I didn't learn much about predators and their prey and it's not a book I'd leave on my coffee table or on my children's bookshelf. I won a copy through the Goodreads Giveaway which did not influence my opinion or rating.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    I LOOOOOVED this book. I was at a bookstore and I had actually seen the colouring book version of it, and as I was putting it down, I said to myself, "I wish there was a coloured version" and as my hand was placing the colouring version back onto the shelf, I noticed this book slightly covered by some other book. I thanked the Book God's, grabbed it and went straight to the cashier. I absolutely LOVE the illustrations. I'm not the biggest fan of all the quotes used, but that's not that much of a I LOOOOOVED this book. I was at a bookstore and I had actually seen the colouring book version of it, and as I was putting it down, I said to myself, "I wish there was a coloured version" and as my hand was placing the colouring version back onto the shelf, I noticed this book slightly covered by some other book. I thanked the Book God's, grabbed it and went straight to the cashier. I absolutely LOVE the illustrations. I'm not the biggest fan of all the quotes used, but that's not that much of an issue to lose any points during my rating. My 4 year old nephew even likes this book. As he puts it, he wants to "read the animal book. The one where he's biting him and a little blood comes out".

  11. 5 out of 5

    Megan (ReadingRover)

    I got this because of the super cute yet gory artwork. It definitely makes nature’s eye opening brutality more adorable. Each illustration of is paired with one or more quotes relating to the murderous animal and prey at hand. The illustrations are great but I’m not gonna lie when I say I was hoping for more witty or humorous verbiage to go along with them. 3 stars.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    So I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway, and was not expecting this book. The illustrations are gorgeous, albeit a bit morbid. Personally, I loved it and found it absolutely hilarious, and I can't wait to share it with my extended family/scar my younger cousins with it! This book is incredible, adorable, horrifying and hilarious all in one. Would definitely recommend it. So I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway, and was not expecting this book. The illustrations are gorgeous, albeit a bit morbid. Personally, I loved it and found it absolutely hilarious, and I can't wait to share it with my extended family/scar my younger cousins with it! This book is incredible, adorable, horrifying and hilarious all in one. Would definitely recommend it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Rogers

    This little book was fast read as was mostly drawings of predators. The drawings were cute but for the blood in each one as the prey was being eaten. Each drawing had comments from known and unknown people concerning said animals. was glad to receive it. Thanks to Goodreads.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Aley

    Got this super cute little picture book as a birthday gift. I cannot even begin to describe how funny and, well, adorable it is. Sense of humour obviously required given the subject matter. But it’s soooooo cute!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Disgusting Zero educational value, disgusting illustrations. Lackluster collection of random and bizarre quotes. This may appeal to a very niche audience, but most people I know I would recommend running from this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    It really is cute It really has cute illustrations, with the big eyes and all, but It is a food chain so there is blood. But that's nature 😊 It really is cute It really has cute illustrations, with the big eyes and all, but It is a food chain so there is blood. But that's nature 😊

  17. 5 out of 5

    Coffee

    There is no substance to this book. It's just a series of bloody illustrations with quotes from other people. If it wasn't so short, I'd be mad I even spent time reading it. There is no substance to this book. It's just a series of bloody illustrations with quotes from other people. If it wasn't so short, I'd be mad I even spent time reading it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Clara

    Fantastic and hilarious!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Skocis

    This is hilariously adorable and dark at once!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Hauser

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vicki Umphlett

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ary Valle

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shawna

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cris Jones

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ceki

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kali

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kent

  29. 5 out of 5

    Geoff

  30. 5 out of 5

    Glimmer Phoenix

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