I'd Really Like to Eat a Child

I'd Really Like to Eat a Child

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by Sylviane Donnio, Dorothee de Monfreid
     
 

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A scrawny little crocodile wants the opportunity to bite off more than he can chew. He's tired of bananas; today he'd like to eat a child. But he's smaller than he thinks, and the little girl he chooses for his first meal puts him in his place—she picks him up and tickles his tummy! The little crocodile is going to have to eat a lot of bananas and grow a lot

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A scrawny little crocodile wants the opportunity to bite off more than he can chew. He's tired of bananas; today he'd like to eat a child. But he's smaller than he thinks, and the little girl he chooses for his first meal puts him in his place—she picks him up and tickles his tummy! The little crocodile is going to have to eat a lot of bananas and grow a lot bigger before he can add children to his menu! Simple yet hilarious artwork brings this droll story to life.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When an adorable crocodile named Achilles scorns his mother's bananas and makes the startling announcement that gives the book its title, young readers may experience a frissonof tension, since they clearly wouldn't want to become a crocodile's breakfast themselves. In de Monfreid's double-page spreads, which suggest the horizons of prowling reptiles, Mama and Papa Crocodile proffer sausage, then chocolate cake in an effort to distract Achilles from his purportedly inappropriate craving. But Achilles heads for the river, where he discovers a girl alone on the bank. "Yippee! Finally, I'm going to eat a child," he thinks. "He crept up slowly and bared his beautiful teeth . . . " Achilles, next to the girl, barely reaches her knee; even the "RAAH" that comes out of his mouth is pint-sized. "A teeny-tiny crocodile!" she exclaims. "He's awfully cute!" Humiliated, Achilles slinks home to munch on bananas, vowing to grow big enough and strong enough to achieve his goal. 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. Ages 3-6. (Apr.)

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Every morning young Achilles eats the bananas his Mama Crocodile brings him. But one day Achilles decides he would prefer a child instead. At first his Mama and Papa Crocodile try to distract him with a beautiful chocolate cake, but Achilles turns it down and goes for a swim. By the river he sees a little girl. Baring his teeth, he prepares to attain his goal. From the illustration, however, we can see with a smile that the girl is much larger than the foolhardy Achilles. Thinking him scrawny, she picks him up, tickles him, and tosses him into the river. Hungrier than ever, Achilles rushes home, determined now to eat enough bananas to grow big enough to eat a child for sure. If readers do not take his desire literally, the tale is great fun, enhanced by de Monfreid's deceptively simple colored drawings, filled with comic appeal. The stage is set with a few banana trees, distant huts, and a meandering stream. Most of the space is devoted to the crocodile family, bunches of bananas, and the interaction between Achilles and the girl. Despite his sharp teeth and determined belligerence, Achilles is still an appealing youngster.
Kirkus Reviews
Achilles the crocodile is adored by his parents. They bring him bunches of bananas to eat so he will grow up big and strong. One day, though, Achilles tires of bananas and decides he'd rather eat a child. His mother tells him children don't grow on trees, and she only has bananas for him. His father tries to get him to eat a sausage from town. Achilles's parents even make him a splendid chocolate cake, but he still wants to eat a child. Leaving his parents in tears, he heads off for a swim. There by the river sits a child! Achilles attacks. She picks him up, tickles his belly and tosses him in the river. Achilles knows just what to do: Go home and eat lots of bananas in order to grow big enough to eat a child. The slightly grisly story might not appeal to everyone, but de Monfried's Feiffer-esque watercolors most certainly will. The crocs are expressive, and the dark-skinned girl is adorably self-confident. On the whole, a nice addition to storytimes about finicky eaters. (Picture book. 3-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375837616
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
04/24/2007
Series:
Picture Book Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.42(w) x 8.36(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

SYLVIANE DONNIO began writing her first children's book at age eight, and stopped after about a dozen lines, promising herself to try again when she was bigger. After studying public law and becoming the mother of three children, she has kept the promise she made to herself. I'd Really Like to Eat a Child, originally published in France, is her first book for the American audience.

DOROTHÉE DE MONFREID began to write and illustrate her ideas with colored pencils back in grade school. Now that she is bigger, she makes her career as an author-illustrator, writing stories published in France about cats, bunnies, elephants, stinky monsters, and even cake.

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