Friday, January 13, 2012

Perfect Picture Book Friday

I have joined the gang in Susanna Leonard Hill's Perfect Picture Book Fridays and I am living the dream as I write and read picture books.

The picture book I have chosen might make you wonder how it was even accepted for publication. I mean the title:
I'd Really Like to Eat a Child
written by Sylviane Donnio, illustrated by Dorothee De Monfreid    
Fiction, Random House, April 2007
This book was originally published in France. It is hilarious! 

Theme/Topic:
Animal croc safety/ (Having trouble with this one.)
Opening:
Every morning, Mama Crocodile would bring tasty bananas
to little Achilles for his breakfast , and each time she said in
wonder, "What a big boy you are getting to be, my son! And
how handsome! And what beautiful teeth you have!"

Synopsis:
Little Achilles is tired of eating bananas for breakfast. Mama Crocodile was very worried until he tells her he wants to eat a child for breakfast. Mama tells him that children don't grow on banana trees, only bananas do.That's when Papa brings him a sausage as huge as a truck. But Achilles says, "No thanks Dad."
Achilles finally meets a child who is just right for eating. The story is a full circle book That's all I'll say. You have to read the book to find out if he really gobbles up the kid. This book is funny and kids love it. The illustrations are simple but wonderful and the sentences are short and snappy.

Links to resources:
I have not been able to find any. But there are a lot of animal safety games you could play with the kidlets to teach them about being kind to animals.

Need more picture books for the itty-bitty ones? Click the linky above and you'll find a fantastic list of them.

Friday the 13th? Yikes! :-) Have a great day. Smooch!

42 comments:

Patti said...

Great review Robyn. Now I want to find out if the croc gobbles up the kid.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I like the title!

Joanna said...

I too need to know who/what gets eaten in the end :)

Rachna Chhabria said...

I like the title and the story. Sounds just my kind of a book :)

Matthew MacNish said...

This sounds delightful!

Robyn Campbell said...

Patti, nomnomnom! :-) It is so funny and the illustrations are simple, which I love.

Robyn Campbell said...

Alex, The title made me want to grab the book up! :-)

Robyn Campbell said...

Joanna, sooo funny and it does make a full circle! *hint*

Robyn Campbell said...

Rachna, it's a great read. The kind that makes little ones ask for you to read it over and over!

Robyn Campbell said...

MacNish, it is! I won't say what happens when he meets the little girl, but it is too funny! The illustrations are simple, which I love. :-)

Julie Hedlund said...

Okay just the title of this book cracks me up. Add this one to the list!!

Michael Offutt, Visitor from the Future said...

Children make juicy morsels for big crocodiles.

SHANNON O'DONNELL said...

LOL. It looks positively adorable! LOVE the review, bff. :-)

Robyn Campbell said...

Julie, it is so lovable. And Achilles is precious! :-)

Robyn Campbell said...

Michael, Bwa ha ha, yes they do! :-)

Robyn Campbell said...

Bff, it is adorable. And the kids are not afraid of Achilles. They love him! *waving*

Coleen Patrick said...

This book sounds hilarious! I had trouble with the theme on my pick too--for similar reasons!
:)

Stacy S. Jensen said...

I love the title. Yes, we're together on the theme thing. I'll have to read it and let you know. This is a good exercise for our own writing I think. Glad you joined the "gang."

Patricia T. said...

No fair stopping. I wanted to know the ending if it comes for circle. Sounds like a funny book for kids. Great reveiw!

Natalie said...

Hilarious! The title alone made me click over! My seven year old would love this!

Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page said...

The title itself is making me giggle. I need to share this one with some fun-lovin' kids.

Play off the Page

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

So glad you joined in Robyn! And this book looks like a fun one! I'm guessing maybe the croc doesn't end up eating the child, but I'd sure love to know how it ends - I guess I'll have to go find it and read it! We'll have to think up some resources, I guess. Maybe some of our teacher readers will have a suggestion :)

Karen Lange said...

Enjoyed this review, Robyn. Never heard of this book, either, so doubly appreciate it. :)
Happy weekend, amigo!

Robyn Campbell said...

Coleen, themes are troublesome, aren't they? This book is made of awesome.

Robyn Campbell said...

Stacy! I'm glad I joined too. There are so many awesome picture books, aren't there? :-)

Robyn Campbell said...

Thanks so much Patricia! The ending is so fitting. :-)

Robyn Campbell said...

Natalie, your seven year old would absolutely love this! :-)

Robyn Campbell said...

Mary, Achilles is a fun character. He'll make you laugh. I wish I'd written this book. :-)

Robyn Campbell said...

Susanna, you will have to go and read it to discover the ending. *smiling* I would love to know what the teachers say about the resources. :-)

Robyn Campbell said...

Karen, this book is awesome, amigo! When I first saw the title I had to do a double take. One page in and I was giggling my head off. (((hugs)))

Darshana said...

I will have to check this one out. Curious to read the story now.

Penny Klostermann said...

I read this a couple of weeks ago! So...I can tell y'all what happens...but I won't :•) Nice choice, Robyn!

thiskidreviewsbooks.com said...

I think that "not getting what you want" would be a good topic! ;) Can't wait to see/read what happens!
Erik

Barbara said...

Sounds funny! I love the title:)

Barbara
Grade ONEderful

Hannah said...

Lol! Love it without having read it. Now I need to.

Romance Reader said...

Awesome review Robyn! And the title...hilarious!

Medeia Sharif said...

This sounds like an awesome book. I hope it doesn't get grisly. Now I'm wondering if he eats the child or not.

Tracy Bermeo said...

Love the title and the explanation that children don't grow on banana trees. I have to read this book- it sound hilarious!

Susan R. Mills said...

My kids are out of the picture book stage, but this looks like a cute one. Maybe I should start putting together a library for my grandchildren (you know, the ones I will have many, many, many years from now). :)

catherinemjohnson said...

Oh I love the look on that crocodile's face. I have to get this, it sounds great. So glad you joined PPF!

inluvwithwords said...

This sound like a lot of fun. =)

Tracy Bermeo (A2ZMommy) said...

Robyn I had to come back and tell you that we picked this up at the library, based on your suggestion, and have not put it down. My son loves it.Thank you!