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I Really Want to Eat a Child

Sylviane Donnio, Dorothee De Monfreid

10 Reviews

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For National Curriculum Early Years, Interest age: from c 3 years, Fiction, Humour, Picture books

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

Achilles is tired of eating bananas every day. What he really wants is to eat a child - but mum and dad aren't being co-operative! What an idea! They try sausage and chocolate cake, but Achilles is not interested. Will Achilles finally be able to eat a child - or is he just a little too little!

'An amusing story with wonderfully expressive illustrations.' - The Independent
'The appetizing mixture of domestic breakfast concerns and fierce child-eating monsters will leave children hungry for more.' - Publishers Weekly

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Praise for I Really Want to Eat a Child

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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.

  • Dorothee 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

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