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Sylviane Donnio
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Me comería un niño!

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  783 ratings  ·  130 reviews
Oh, growing up is so hard! There's so much you want and so much you can't do yet. Little Achilles is a crocodile who decides one morning that he's grown beyond his diet of bananas. "Today, I'd really like to eat a child," he tells his mother. She reasons with him: "What an idea!...Well, children don't grow on banana trees, only bananas do, and that's what I have for breakf ...more
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Julia
finally someone had the courage to say what we've all been thinking.
E
It's cute, witty and, by virtue of adeptly mixing those two elements, very clever.

Or it's crass, fear-inducing and inappropriate for children.

What's the answer? That parents shouldn't conservatively assume children can't handle dark humor, but also that parents shouldn't liberally assume all children of all ages can.

As with the brilliantly dark works of Jon Sczieska and Roald Dahl, I would not give this book to any child under the age of six. Depending upon the child, I might not give it to them
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Tiffany
I saw this book recommended at the bookstore and then had to endure it during story time with my 3-year-old at the museum. It's bizarre and frightening - nightmarish stuff, really. What child wants to think about alligators who are plotting to gobble them up? I figured the end would be somehow redeeming, but no - at the end, the alligator plans to eat more bananas to grow big and strong "so I can eat a child." My 3-year-old kept giving me wide-eyed looks through the whole book - I wish I had jus ...more
Brandi
Achilles is a baby crocodile with a dream. Instead of the bananas his mom and dad feed him for breakfast, he would prefer a child. In an attempt to convince his parents to stop feeding him bananas, little Achilles refuses to eat. The tears and bribes of Mama and Papa Crocodile do not convince Achilles to give up his dream. When Achilles finally does come face-to-face with a child, it does not go quite as he planned.
Students will relate to not wanting to eat what their parents give them. Achill
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Gregory Walters
Sometimes a book's title is too perfect. When I discovered this book on a shelf in a toy store in Seattle, I knew it would make a most amusing addition to the collection I keep in the principal's office. (Runner up that day: Monsters Eat Whiny Children. Oh, how I'd love to meet the store's buyer!)

One clever young office visitor spotted the book and fought unsuccessfully to repress his grin. It was a command reading.

Achilles the crocodile is seemingly content to feast on bananas and the occasiona
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Heidi
I'd heard this book was great and even picked it for my Food theme ST. Can't believe I waited until the day before to read it. But it is fabulous as so many said. Adorable pictures. Hilarious story. Best part for me was when he found a child. I hope I do it justice when I read it.

2/15/12 This went quite well in both storytimes. Loved the crocodile. Wide-eyed about him wanting to eat a child. Seemed the river part was their favorite, since the ending was just OK with them. Still--fabulous choice
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Maria Burel
I’d Really Like to Eat a Child tells the story of a little Alligator, Achilles, who is tired of his daily fare of bananas and decides he has a hankering for a small child instead. Mama and Papa Alligator find this idea ludicrous, and try to dissuade him by offering sausage or a chocolate cake. No dice. The hungry Achilles finally wanders down to the river for a swim, and lo and behold…there sits a child. What happens next is a hilarious lesson in perspective. The story is clever, though make sur ...more
Monica!
So, I wouldn't read this to my infant child -- the book's suggestion that alligators are hungry for your flesh and that, even now, there is an alligator eating his breakfast so that he'll be big enough to chomp you down in a single bite is a little scary. But! For those of us who live in non-alligator-populated areas and who are looking for a fun children's book for slightly older readers, this fit the bill nicely.
Alia
Finicky eater Achilles is sick of bananas and thinks he's like to eat a child. But the little girl he wants to call dinner is much more clever than this little croc. Counting Crocodiles meets Gregory the Terrible Eater. Oh and the cutest picture book crocodile I've come across. Lyle ain't got nothing on Achilles.
Benji Martin
This is one of those books that I liked when I read it silently to myself, but once I read it out loud to some students, I knew immediately that I love it, and that it's a book I'll be reading to kids for years to come.
Janni
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Nancy
A lovely book with an obvious "listen to your parents" message and a very very cute baby crocodile...but still slightly disturbing to me and because of that, I love this book!
Michael
Fun, simple art, with great facial expressions for the crocodiles. The story appears to take place somewhere in Africa and the main girl character is dark-skinned.
Astri
What better way to get kids to eat their veggies than to tempt them with an ultimate goal: growing big enough to eat a human child.
I <3 this book.
Kathy
I laugh every time I read this book! The drawings of Achilles are adorable.
Sarah BT
Hilarious with an ending that you wouldn't expect.
Walter
Aug 07, 2008 Walter rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Walter by: Valerie Lewis
Oh, what fun it is to read this book aloud to children!
Heather
Really cute, good for outreach.
Erin Reilly-Sanders
While this one seems to disturb other people, I find it adorably hilarious. The idea of a crocodile wanting to eat a child seems natural and appropriate and the simplistic charm of the illustrations suspends any aspects of fear for me. I know that other people think that a child reading the book might be afraid of being eaten after reading it, but the violent aspects of the book seem more funny and comical than harmful. If you compare it to fairytales, which often include physical and gory viole ...more
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Young Achilles wakes up one day and decides that he would really like to eat a child. His mother only has bananas for him and points out that "children don't grow on banana trees". Achilles refuses the bananas in hopes for a child for breakfast. Later on his father brings him a giant sausage. Achilles refuses this meal also, even though his father tells him that "there's no such thing as a sausage made from children".

His parents decide to appeal to their son's sw
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S.N. Arly
This was one of those spontaneous purchases that really pays off. I'd never heard of this book when my son picked it out at the book store. It's clever, it's silly and it even gives some useful information (if you don't eat your breakfast, you'll feel weird and if you don't eat well, you won't be big enough to achieve your dreams). The language flows well, making it a pleasure to read aloud, and is definitely not dumbed-down for kids, which is the best way to add to their vocabulary.

The story fo
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Shel
Donnio, S. (2007). I'd Really Like to Eat a Child. New York: Random House.

9780375837616


Let me repeat. The title of this book is "I'd Really Like to Eat a Child." That alone made me want to read it.

I wasn't disappointed.


Appetizer: Achilles, a baby crocodile, is tired of eating bananas for breakfast. He doesn't even want sausage. So, he refuses to eat until he gets what he really wants and he would really like to eat a child. And when he sees a girl on the river's edge, all by herself, he tries t
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YoSafBridg

Now here’s a lovely sentiment: I’d Really Like to Eat a Child by Sylvianne Donnio • Illustrated by Dorothée de Monfreid (don't you ever just get to feeling that way [like when the little darlings are running about the library making lots of loud, annoying kiddie-type noises crashing into other patrons and library displays and such; and their parents are wandering about {or surfing the internet} blithely ignoring their responsibilities~makes a librarian want to rampage...]?). Achilles is a baby c
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Molly
I cracked up and was entertained. This story though, like Klass's "I Want My Hat Back" or "This Is Not My Hat," has a dry, almost dark humor that just won't fly with some kids. Some will LOVE IT, others will be terrified, that's just how a book like this is going to be received. Proceed with caution and consider your audience. If you decide to go for it, leap in and have fun learning to eat well to get bigger and stronger (and perhaps you can too one day eat a child ;) ).
Kate
Hilarious! I've read it at a few different story times and it was a hit...I was worried it might be a bit dark but only one child out of multiple groups seemed nervous about it (she seemed pretty freaked out by the idea that anyone would want to eat children). Overall, the story was a hit and they loved the twist that the little alligator was too small to eat a child, they also loved little Achilles turning his nose up at delicious foods like chocolate cake!
Joleene Libby
What happens when an alligator gets tired of eating bananas? He decides he wants to eat a child. No matter what his parents do, they can't convince him to eat anything else. Will he ever eat his breakfast like he's supposed to?

Best Line- "What an idea, my little Achilles!" his mother cried. "Well, children don't grow on banana trees, only bananas do, and that's what I have for breakfast!"

Lesson Ideas- Inferring
Kate Finlay
One of my favourite children's books. Lovely illustrations - cartoon style sketches with great expressions that really make you relate to the little crocodile. Each page has different variations of colour of skyline. Repetition and descriptive language - children can join in with 'i'd really like to eat a child!'. This is a very endearing story line focusing on understanding ones size and being aware of what you can and cannot do. reflect the sense of accomplishment that children have when they ...more
Melanie
Achilles the young crocodile usually has a banana for breakfast, just like his mother. But one day, he decides he wants a child to eat. His father tries to tempt him with a sausage, both parents bake a huge chocolate cake; nothing works. One day, Achilles decides to take a swim in the river. When he gets there a young girl is playing. He creeps up behind her with every intention of eating her. However when he gets close enough the little girl turns, sees him and exclaims with pleasure over this ...more
RachelAnne
Ages 3-8 Achilles is a baby crocodile. One morning, he refuses to eat any bananas for breakfast because he has his heart set on eating one thing only: “I’d really like to eat a child.” The youngster sulks and holds out until he finally meets a child down by the river. Instead of being scared, though, the little girl thinks the “teeny-tiny crocodile is “awfully cute” and “so scrawny.” She catches Achilles, tickles his belly and throws him back in the river. Achilles returns home determined to eat ...more
Teri Rankin
I have shared this at several preschool story times and the kids love it! The older kids usually get the humor and all the kids can relate to feeling small and powerless!
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