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From former Irish Children's Laureate Niamh Sharkey and creator and executive producer of Disney Junior's animated preschool series Henry Hugglemonster, comes the comical tale of the Ravenous Beast, the hungriest creature of them all... or is he?

A comical tale of the Ravenous Beast who is hungry, hungry, hungry! But is he the hungriest animal of all? The other animals don't think so, but they want to watch out, or the ravenous beast might just gobble them up and swallow them down! Children will love the combination of Sharkey's alliterative rhyming text and bright expressive artwork introducing us to a comical cacophony of animal characters. Niamh's unmistakable style and stylish palette create a beautiful book that's almost good enough to eat!

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6th November '18
I read it to ElijahG aged 5 aged 5 & to MarthaG aged 2 aged 2
The Ravenous Beast 9781844284979
5 stars
This was originally elijah’s book but he was never that interested in it.  My daughter has recently found it and absolutely loves it!  The pictures are bright and interesting to look at, and the rhymes are funny.  Lots of animals are included in the story so Martha likes that too.  
22nd May '19
I read it to 2R aged 6 to 7
The Ravenous Beast 9781844284979
5 stars
What fun this book was! I love the repetition, the silliness and the illustrations. Its suitable for a range of ages from 4+ although younger children would like it it’s quite a lengthy read. Each double page spread introduces a new character who is claiming to be the hungriest ever. The play on words it fun and the use of synonyms for eating makes a great literary introduction for alternative words – perfect for up-levelling and improving work in literacy. The ending was the one that shocked them all because they were not expecting that to happen. It had them all in fits of laughter. It’s a great book for rhythm and can be read at a fast pace to increase the element of fun and surprise. The Ravenous Beast claims he is the hungriest of all and then we go onto meeting lots of other animals from land animals to sea animals who all profess how hungry they are by suggesting all of the different things they could eat. Smaller children could get involved with the repetition by repeating the last line from each character “Now That’s what I call HUNGRY!” As we red further into the story each animal’s list of things they could eat gets longer and longer which adds to the comical side of the story. A perfect book to enjoy with the family and one children will want to read over and over again. It made us feel happy, hungry, giggly, smiley, dizzy. 
 
AJ aged 7: I would give it 5 out of 5 because I liked the whole book.
TM aged 7: I’ll give it 5 out of 5 because it’s very funny. My favourite bit was when the beast ate them all.
SS aged 7: I liked the end bit when the beast ate all the animals because it was really funny.
AnjS aged 7: I liked the book because it was really funny. The Ravenous Beast was my favourite because he’s so funny.
SV aged 7: I like the Ravenous Beast the best because of what he did in the ending, even the giant whale who was more than three of him.
SumA aged 6: I liked the bit where he said he would eat all of them and then he did eat all of them. I also like the front cover and the title.
RW aged 6: I would give it 5 out of 5 stars because it was very funny and I really liked it. I also like the front cover.
IS aged 6: I like the part where the beast kept saying that’s what I call hungry because it was very funny.
SahA aged 7: I like the ending because I didn’t think that would happen. I liked the Ravenous Beast the best but when he goes home he will be sad because he won’t have any friends. I’d give it 5 out of 5 stars.
AnniS aged 6: I would give it 5 out of 5 stars because it was very funny.
AM aged 7: I really liked this book because I liked when the Ravenous Beast ate the whale in one gulp. I’d give it 5 stars.
BC aged 6: I want to give it 7 stars! I like this author and have read some of their books before.
BA aged 6: I would give it 5 stars because it’s funny and I like what the Ravenous Beast did at the end because it showed that he was really hungry.
8th November '18
I read it to EJB aged 2 aged 2
The Ravenous Beast 9781844284979
5 stars
This is one of my favourite books for reading aloud! When the ravenous beast proclaims himself the hungriest animal of all, a host of animals are ready to disagree with him, each with a bizarre list of things they could eat. It's a fantastic book for reading aloud as I do love the opportunity to do lots of silly voices, and the items each animal lists are so hilariously bizarre! The illustrations are great, I love Niamh Sharkey's use of colour and shade and it's fun to point out the different items as you read. I used to read this with my older daughter when she was little but after a while she found the ending scary, however my 2 year old son is unfazed and loves me reading it to him. 
8th June '19
I read it to TomatoBaby20 aged 3 aged 3 & to TomatoGirl20 aged 2 aged 2
The Ravenous Beast 9781844284979
4 stars
Both of the smalls enjoyed this silly story, giggling away at all the weird and wonderful things the animals say they are hungry enough to eat and shouting out “you can’t eat that!!”. It was just the right length for them and kept their interest until the end. My son didn’t like the ending, but that didn’t spoil his enjoyment of the rest of the book and my daughter thought it was hilarious. 
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About Niamh Sharkey

Creator and executive producer of Henry Hugglemonster , Niamh Sharkey is an award-winning author and illustrator of children's picture books. Her books have won numerous awards including the prestigious Mother Goose Award for the Best New Illustrator and The Bisto Book of the Year for her first two picture books: Tales of Wisdom and Wonder...

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About Niamh Sharkey

Creator and executive producer of Henry Hugglemonster , Niamh Sharkey is an award-winning author and illustrator of children's picture books. Her books have won numerous awards including the prestigious Mother Goose Award for the Best New Illustrator and The Bisto Book...

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