Lemniscaat

Picture Books

isbn:978-1-59078-635-2
price:USD 16,95
edition:hardcover, 32 pages

: Mathilde Stein

illustrator: Mies van Hout

The Child Cruncher

A hilarious picture book about a stout little girl whose wishes for adventure seem to come true when she is abducted by a frightening robber. However, she is in for a disappointment when he turns out to be a 'child cruncher' whose only aim is to eat her. Of course the girl, naïve but very logical in her actions, is far too quick and smart for the awkward child cruncher. An excellent combination of down-to-earth, funny text and cheerful illustrations.

Rights sold to Spain (& Catalan), USA, Italy.

Reviews

"The child radiates a smiling self-confidence in van Hout's cartoon art, which reflects the narrative's breezy tone, and the clumsy, blustering Bad Guy-endowed with both a ferocious scowl and a fuzzy plush bunny-comes across as far more comic than threatening. Even younger and more sensitive children will be left smiling by this droll, if brief, import."
-Kirkus Reviews

"A wiry girl outwits a kidnapping ogre in this visually enticing story from the Netherlands. ... Full of fun."
-Publishers Weekly

"This protagonist exhibits self-confidence similar to Charlotte, who is featured in Stein's Mine! (2007), and the bubbling child cruncher is as nonthreatening as the monsters along the path in Stein's Brave Ben (2006, both Lemniscaat). The dynamic illustrations are consistent with van Hout's work in those titles. ... The style serves to reinforce the action in the story while allowing for plenty of details for careful readers to discover. The result is a far-fetched adventure that will have children cheering for their heroine."
-School Library Journal

other books by Mathilde Stein and Mies van Hout:

Brave Ben
Brave Ben
Mine
Mine

other books by Mathilde Stein:

Monstersong
Monstersong

other books with Mies van Hout:

Krik
Krik
Lovey and Dovey
Lovey and Dovey
O, o, Octopus!
O, o, Octopus!
Virgil of Tuil
Virgil of Tuil