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The Ravenous Beast Hardcover – 6 Oct 2003
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"* "This is a lavish picture book in every way. Sharkey matches her striking illustrations to a text rich in imagery." School Librarian * "One of the most exciting new artists published in Britain today." The Times Educational Supplement" --This text refers to the Board book edition.
A fantastic picture book feast brought to life with an animated DVD! --This text refers to the Board book edition.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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!!!
Would recommend this book for all kids aged 3 to 6.
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.
Great fun. The DVD is quite a giggle too, and gets demanded again and again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant book, the kids still love it now several years later. ours came with a DVD with a cartoon of the story in the book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by DaveM
One of my least favourite stories to read to my little ones (2 and 4), doesn't seem to 'flow' very well like other books. Read morePublished on 2 Nov. 2014 by Carol Eccleston
Got this as my grandson had seen an advert for it at the back of another book and asked for it and as I'm a big softie gave in! Read morePublished on 28 Oct. 2014 by S. M. Malone