Are You a Cheeseburger?

Monica Arnaldo’s delightful children’s book, Are You a Cheeseburger? takes young readers on a whimsical journey of self-discovery and acceptance. With its charming illustrations and heartwarming narrative, this book is a feast for the imagination that both children and parents will savor.

In a whimsical tale, lonely raccoon Grub scours the trash for food, while patient Seed hopes to be planted. When they finally meet, they realize they can help each other. Grub wonders if Seed can grow his favorite food, cheeseburgers, sparking a humorous friendship as they navigate each other’s worlds and the pressure of expectations. Monica Arnaldo’s charming story celebrates the beauty of unexpected friendships and being true to oneself.

The vibrant and expressive illustrations capture the attention of young readers, making the story come to life on each page. Arnaldo’s artistic style not only adds visual appeal but also enhances the overall storytelling experience. The characters’ facial expressions and body language convey a range of emotions, making it easy for children to connect with the story on a deeper level.

Monica Arnaldo hails from Ontario, a place where trash cans teem with raccoons and abandoned cheeseburgers (yet, glowing seeds remain a rarity). During her formative years, amidst bouts of drawing and reading, she found herself contemplating life’s mysteries, from the practical (“Can I befriend that untamed creature?”) to the philosophical (“Why not?”). Since then, Monica has embarked on a creative journey, authoring and illustrating numerous picture books. Now residing in Quebec, she finds herself amidst raccoons conversing in French—a whimsical twist that echoes her playful spirit.

Since we’re talking about cheeseburgers, we thought you’d like to make your own creation (not from a seed!). Check out our Mushroom & Onion Cheeseburger in our Recipe section and read this story to your children while chomping down on a delectable burger!

Monica Arnaldo’s Are You a Cheeseburger? is a delightful addition to any child’s bookshelf. Through its engaging story and captivating illustrations, the book not only entertains but also imparts valuable lessons about self-identity and acceptance. This charming tale is sure to resonate with young readers and leave a lasting impression on both children and their caregivers. To ensure you have a copy to share with your kids, go to and order the book or win it in our Giveaway section.

Are You a Cheeseburger by Monica Arnaldo ©2021. Published by HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved.