I Really Want To Eat A Child by Sylviane Donnio and Dorothee de Monfreid
|I Really Want To Eat A Child by Sylviane Donnio and Dorothee de Monfreid|
|Category: For Sharing|
|Reviewer: Keith Dudhnath|
|Summary: A hilarious tale of an uppity crocodile. You'll love it from first page to last, and laugh your head off at the adventures of Achilles the crocodile. Highly recommended.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 32||Date: February 2009|
|Publisher: Hodder Children's Books|
Achilles the crocodile is growing big and strong from eating bananas. He's awfully proud of his beautiful teeth. There's just one little problem: Achilles really wants to eat a child.
I was hooked from the second I saw the title. I love books with a wicked glint in their eye - be it the master of wicked glints or books that demand you don't read them. I Really Want To Eat A Child more than lives up to its promise. There's nothing scary here for any child, but it's a deliciously naughty idea to have a hungry crocodile as the hero. And make sure you camp it up whenever Achilles repeats the book's title. This is a book to turn into a real comedy event!
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). I Really Want To Eat A Child was originally published as Je Mangerais Bien Un Enfant. You wouldn't know it wasn't originally written in English, so kudos to the translator.
Highly highly recommended. Buy it, read it, and love Achilles the crocodile as much as I do.
For other irreverent tales of wild animals, check out Never Take a Shark to the Dentist by Judith Barrett and John Nickle. If you loved Achilles, you'll also love Marvin.
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