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I Really Want to Eat a Child Paperback – 5 Feb 2009
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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.(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)
A French classic, this humorous and irreverent tale tells the story of a hungry little crocodile.See all Product description
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Children up to four years old will have difficulty decoding the pictures and connecting them to the text, and older children might find the idea of being eaten by a passing crocodile either frightening or ridiculous. In the end the message of the story is that when the crocodile has eaten enough chocolate cake - in itself not a recommended diet - he will be big enough to really eat a child and, even worse, his parents will condone it. I know that small children are excited by danger, but the subliminal messages that it is okay to get fat and to kill others is surely wrong.
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.
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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