Early Readers,  Little Book

The Ravenous Beast

Naimh Sharkey
ravenous beastThe ravenous beast is hungry, hungry, hungry. But is he the hungriest animal of all? “Nonsense smonsense,” scoff the other animals, and “Hokum Pokum!” But they want to watch out or the ravenous beast might just gobble ’em up and swallow ’em down!
This is a lovely, fun picture book. Ravenous beast announces that he is ‘Hungry, Hungry, Hungry!’ and is the hungriest beast of all. The other animals all tell him how hungry they are too, they want to eat lots of weird and wonderful things (‘a bucket and spade and some red lemonade’). So we have to read on to discover who really is the hungriest of all.
This is written in rhyme and my children chant along with parts of the story. They giggle at all the different ways the animals are going to eat ‘munch ‘em, crunch ‘em’ and so on. There is great use of repetition which always makes things catchy.
The pictures are cute, bright and colourful and illustrate the animals weird tastes beautifully.
Verdict: This is a great, light-hearted book for children.
Reviewed by Helen

Publisher: Walker
Publication Date: 2009
Format: Picture book
Pages: 32
Genre: Picture book
Age: Early readers
Reviewer: Helen
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: None

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