I’d Really Like to Eat a Child
I will only eat brussel sprouts if they are covered in maple syrup, and beets if they are pickled. Keep reading…
Do you have a picky eater in your household? Written and illustrated by French duo Sylviane Donnio and Dorothée De Monfreid, I’d Really Like to Eat a Child will satisfied any craving. Parents with picky eaters will know the sorrows of Mama and Papa Crocodile who’s son refuses to eat. Tired of eating bananas every day, Achilles decided he is ready to eat a child. After a full day of eating nothing, a weakened Achilles heads to the river for a swim. Sitting by the riverbank was his ultimate meal, a little girl. Baring his teeth, Achilles pounces on the little girl, but his size doesn’t scare her. She picks up the scrawny crocodile and tickles his belly. Determined to grow bigger, big enough to eat a child, Achilles heads home and devours a mountain of bananas.
The illustrations are not really impressive or complicated, but they do a fabulous job of capturing the humor of the story. The pen and ink wash illustrations may look like they were hand drawn by an amateur, but Dorothée De Monfreid is super talented. Very few people can give life to a character like she does (it is not easy giving personality to a crocodile). Through posture and facial expression, Achilles the Crocodile is a reflection of every finicky child, stubborn and determine not to eat their brussel sprouts and beets.
I’d Really Like to Eat a Child, a children’s book review by Thao Lam
Author Sylviane Donnio
At the age of eight Sylviane Donnio wrote her first children’s book but didn’t get far. After a dozen or so lines she stopped, promising herself she would try again when she got bigger. Years later, with an education in public law and a family of her own, she kept her promise and began writing again.
Illustrator Dorothée De Monfreid
French born Dorotheé De Monfreid has been creating stories since grade school. For as long as she can remember she always wanted to be an author and an illustrator when she grew up.
Publisher Dragonfly Books; Reprint edition (March 27, 2012)