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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 15 April 2006
What can i say about this book that will do it justice? It really needs to be read (aloud) to be appreciated, (not an overstatement!)

This is a fantastic storybook for children, boys and girls alike, made irresistible by the quirky, cute illustrations and the beautifully written ryhmes.

As a children's librarian in a large library I am familiar with all the new storybooks for children. It is my responsibility to co-ordiante and run children's storytime sessions, and this book is always a favourite. Children's enjoyment of this book tends to increase the more familiar they become with the characters and ryhmes, from the mouse, cow and whale, to the adorable ravenous beast himself.

I would only recommend this book for children over the age of three (although under three's may enjoy the pictures), as there are over thirty pages. Each page, though, has a rhyme about a VERY hungry animal listing the many unusual and wonderful things they could eat (because they are SO hungry!!)

This book would make a fantastic bedtime story, and is a great book for a child to keep and treasure over time, proving charming, captivating and humourous for both children and adults alike!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2003
A colourful fun book, great illustrations....my 4 year old loves it. The ravenous beast is HUNGRY; HUNGRY, HUNGRY.... but the other animals claim to be even hungrier. My son is swept along with the story shouting HUNGRY!!!! as we go.
Would recommend this book for all kids aged 3 to 6.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2007
My son has never tired of this book.Niamh Sharkey's art work is very appealing to a young child and the different meals that each animal consumes are fantastical to us but make perfect sense to a 3 year old. It's a great read for stimulating a childs imagination and I can whole heartedly recommend this book...enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2008
My son has just turned two and loves this book, we got it out of the library but I've ordered the version with the CD, can't wait for it to arrive!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2012
I bought this book several years ago for my daughter and she loved it. Now I am reading it all over again to my son who has asked for it every night for the last month.

It has fantastic use of repetition (especially hungry!) and language, lots of different words to describe eating, lots of fabulous describing words.

Starting with the mouse and ending up with the whale it teaches children about animals, colours, new vocabulary and language. As the animal gets bigger so does their food wish list so the ravenous beast claims to be so hungry that he could eat a house, the mouse claims to be able to eat a boat and a bell, next the cat claims to be able to eat a bucket and spade and some red lemonade.

Each item has to be found on the page which adds a fun interactive element to the story.

The tension builds throughout the book with each animal trying to outdo the others, each previous animal appearing under the next for the next page. Finally at the end there is a big release of tension, lots of excitement and the ravenous beast is on his own again.

My boy has loved this book since he was about two, but my daughter loved it until she was five and still sneaks in occasionally to hear it read.
This is one of the most requested, most loved and most enjoyed of all the books we have bought the kids, by children and adults alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2010
A child's story with a slightly sinister twist (the ravenous beast eats lots of other hungry animals, but in a very off-camera and not upsetting way). Ideal to be read aloud: lots of different characters allows lots of different voices to be used. Illustrations are uncluttered and allow our little one to tell the story without being able to read the words.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2009
My 2 yr old loves this - she knows all the names of the animals, and all their sayings, and shouts out for "Rabenus Beet" every story time!
Great fun. The DVD is quite a giggle too, and gets demanded again and again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2010
This is an amzingly clever book. The words are special and there is good repetition. My little boy has watched the dvd on continuous play for a fortnight now!!! Money well spent :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Bought this book for 4 year old grandson. It's a nice entertaining book that helps associate the words on the page with the scenes on the dvd
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on 18 September 2013
Helen for [...]

This is a lovely, fun picture book. Ravenous beast announces that he is `Hungry, Hungry, Hungry!' and is the hungriest beast of all. The other animals all tell him how hungry they are too, they want to eat lots of weird and wonderful things (`a bucket and spade and some red lemonade'). So we have to read on to discover who really is the hungriest of all.

This is written in rhyme and my children chant along with parts of the story. They giggle at all the different ways the animals are going to eat `munch `em, crunch `em' and so on. There is great use of repetition which always makes things catchy.

The pictures are cute, bright and colourful and illustrate the animals weird tastes beautifully.

Verdict: This is a great, light-hearted book for children.
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