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

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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 0.3 x 27.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Children will love it! (Nursery World)

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

Bringing a welcome touch of dry Gallic humour to the sometimes-too-worthy picture book market... the rhythmic repetition of this naughty catchphrase is a joy to read aloud...An instant favourite! (Carousel)

An amusing story with wonderfully expressive illustrations (The Independent)

The familiar parental challenge of having a fussy eater is the focus of this funny tale...a hilarious take on fussy eating (Junior Resources)

I love books with a wicked glint in their eye...a deliciously naughty idea...Dorothee de Monfried's illustrations meld perfectly with the text. Both create a glorious world that you'll wish you were a part of. (The Bookbag)

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.

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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!
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My two year old absolutely loves this book. I have to read it at least once a day (often twice or more). Very simple and with a repetitive sentence that carries throughout the book - as you can imagine, she knows exactly when the sentence comes up and has started trying to read it herself...
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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.
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An entertaining read for adults and kids alike. I bought this as a present for my nephew - it has gone down a storm with him and his parents! Brilliantly expressive yet simple illustrations and a loveable main character.
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This is a book which is a simple joy to read and the humour reaches both child and adult! This is a book I am so happy to have stumbled across and will be given as a gift to the next 5 year old I have to buy for!
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I read in a while. The drawings are held very simply and in bold colours. I was trying to buy this in German too, but had no luck so far. The sentiment of the book: Eat your dinners, grow up and you can get, what you want (like eat a child).
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