£5.99
  • RRP: £6.99
  • You Save: £1.00 (14%)
FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £10.
In stock.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
I Really Want to Eat a Ch... has been added to your Basket
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

I Really Want to Eat a Child Paperback – 5 Feb 2009


See all 7 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback, 5 Feb 2009
£5.99
£2.08 £0.01

Frequently Bought Together

I Really Want to Eat a Child + I Want My Hat Back + Oh No, George!
Price For All Three: £16.47

Buy the selected items together


Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (5 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340970499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340970492
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 0.6 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

The appetizing mixture of domestic breakfast concerns and fierce child-eating monsters will leave children hungry for more. "I'd really like to read that book," parents may hear them say. (Publishers Weekly)

Bringing a welcome touch of dry Gallic humour to the sometimes too-worthy picture book market... a brilliantly subversive morality tale... dynamic illustrations... An instant favourite. (Carousel)

I was hooked from the second I saw the title... I Really Want To Eat A Child more than lives up to its promise...

I loved every single word, every single page. I love Achilles' big-headedness and sulkiness. I love his arrogance and getting his come-uppance. I love his daring plans. He's a scamp and a trier, and you'd be in fits of laughter if he was your little pal. Such a beautifully well-crafted character. And that haughty stomp! Oh, such fun. Such such such fun.

Dorothée de Monfreid's illustrations meld perfectly with the text. Both create a glorious world that you'll wish you were a part of (even if that means you run the risk of Achilles nipping at your toes).

Highly highly recommended. Buy it, read it, and love Achilles the crocodile as much as I do.

(The Bookbag)

The familiar parental challenge of having a fussy eater is the focus of this funny tale...A hilarious take on fussy eating with comical facial expressions from the sulking baby croc, his exasperated parents and the high-spirited girl. (Junior)

Great fun, and an obvious read aloud. (Books for Keeps)

Children will love it! (Nursery World)

An amusing story with wonderfully expressive illustrations. (The Independent)

Book Description

A French classic, this humorous and irreverent tale tells the story of a hungry little crocodile.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nurserygirl on 31 July 2010
Format: Paperback
Working in a Nursery it is a challenge to find a book which holds the interest of 3&4 year olds and that adults enjoy. I found it in this book. Also suitable for older children. We all shout 'Today I really want to eat a child.' It's becoming a catch phrase in the Nursery. It is the most requested book within my story group and I never tire of reading it. suits many curriculum areas and topics e.g growing up, food, setting goals, habitats, crocodiles, numeracy, literacy, KUW, SEN, PSE, CD.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By La Vinny on 3 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought this for a friend's child but when my crocodile-obsessed son saw it, he desperately wanted one too. It is a very funny look at the life of little Achilles, a croc who wakes up one day and decides that the only meal he will eat is a child. However, when faced with the reality of the size of the child (and what she does to him), he decides that the bananas his parents offered at the beginning of the book are the perfect way to get big enough to fulfill his dream!

Whilst this book would be perfect for any child, I think it would work particularly well for children who are refusing to eat, particularly those who won't eat fruit. Even if your children are good eaters, though, I would thoroughly recommend it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anonymouse on 8 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
As a teacher, I thought no book could compare with the Gruffalo. How wrong I was. I discovered this book with my class of 5-6 year olds, who absolutely loved it. A fun story with brightly coloured pictures, thoroughly recommended!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Oshell on 23 Aug. 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my child when she was around 16 months old I think. She is 21 months old now and she keeps asking me to read her this book. She loves it SO much, probably cause everytime it says 'I really want to eat a child' we do a funny monster voice and tickle her tummy or give her tons of kisses pretending we are going to eat her.
I love this book cause is not boring to read it to her over and over again, other books are kind of heavy and bore me to death even when she likes it, but this one is just very creative. What I like the most is that it has simple words that any child can recognize like 'banana', 'breakfast', etc. and the character is unusual which makes it much better. I like it also that I can make all kind of noises, funny sounds and the voice of the characters, since it has dialogues. My child loves to scream 'wow' when the crocodiles says it and loves to also immitate him by saying ' RAAH' .
You wont regret this book. Its lots of endless fun and you can get all creative with it while reading it to your child so they will never get bored. You can even ask questions like 'where is Achilles?' when he is hiding between the plants and ask them to point at stuff as the illustrations are simple and yet very effective.
Beautiful book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I saw the book in a shopwindow and it looked funny there and then so I decided to get it even though there are no children in the household or on the horizon.

The primary purpose of the book is to deal with eating difficulties, which I imagine all children experience at some point (I know I certainly did) - and the story of a baby crocodile foregoing the regular bananas in search of some 'child meat' is used to bring home the point.

I really enjoyed the humour of the book and the reasonably well done drawings, which allow even an adult 10 minutes worth of entertainment, although whether they help with the more adult versions of eating disorders I cannot tell ;)
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Auntie P on 27 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
A giggle factor book for young children. Loved by my 4 year old nephew and much asked for again and again at bedtime. Quoted by him on regular occasions at mealtimes especially when his friends will not eat certain foods.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hgowers on 24 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
Love this book, it is MY favourite, oh and I suppose I should mention my children (2 + 4) they too adore this book. It is a must buy and we never tire of reading it over and over and over.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grainne Collins on 24 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
We (2, 4 and me) love this book and its become a reference point in our households 'I really, really want to eat a child' has become a refrain. It looks like it will be scary but is beautifully resolved - literally showing children that fears are usually overstated.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again


Feedback