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I'd Really Like to Eat a Child by Sylviane Donnio
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Jan 12, 14

bookshelves: picturebooks

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 until they are nine. Get to know the child and when in doubt, don't burn it. Just wait a while.

I recently gave it to a twenty-seven year-old for Christmas. She enjoyed it tremendously. My fifty-eight year-old mother? Not so much.
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