Absolutely Beastly Children
by Dan Krall
In this book you’ll find 26 children who are almost certainly nothing like you. You always eat your peas and say please. You, unlike Oscar, would never tell lies. And in your wildest dreams you wouldn’t play with your food the way Nancy does. But even the sweetest child can be tempt-ed to behave badly. Thankfully, Dan Krall has put together this collection to remind us jus...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Tricycle Press
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Actually 3 1/2 Stars. As alphabet books go, it had a Gorey-esque quality (minus Gorey's wonderful illustrations--these were okay, it really isn't fair for me to compare anything to Gorey.)The very last child listed in the book could have been better. Althought the meter was good throughout the book, Z fell flat and meter was off. Not sure why the author didn't use something stronger to make it all more cohesive.
Nov 18, 2010 Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Think Topps Wacky Packages (1970's bubble gum stickers with ick-factor) meet Tim Burton. Dan Krall's ABC book combines somewhat macabre illustrations with text that goes from the benign to the sublime. Unfortunately not an alphabet book that I intend to share with kinders but I know a few 8 or 9 year old boys who would think this was hysterical.
For me, this one was "meh". Great concept, but could've been taken so much further. There were more than a couple "this one won't wash this body part", and one or two that I thought might touch a nerve - it's one thing to laugh at a kid who farts in a crowd or won't eat his peas, but "still wets the bed" might sting some. The gross factor will appeal.
Jun 27, 2012 David Natiuk rated it 5 of 5 stars
One of the funniest children's book illustrations ever. The rhyming is excellent, but the pictures make everybody in our family laugh, oldest to youngest. Great messages about personal hygiene and bad habits wrapped up in a joyful delivery of rhythms and pictures.