The Ravenous Beast by Niamah Sharkey
One of the sad things about your children becoming independent readers is that eventually you leave behind all those books you loved reading to them as a child, and one of my biggest regrets is we no longer read The Ravenous Beast by Niamh Sharkey.
I bought this book in a sales bin, captivated by the cover illustration, the name and the fact that this book is about a beast who claims he is the hungriest animal of them all. In the book all the other animals try to prove him wrong in a beautifully illustrated, nonsense rhyming, way until the beast manages to surprise them all at the end.
What we all loved about this book was the rhymes for each animal, and the outlandish claims of all they could eat. What made it special was it one that even my husband, who is not confident reading aloud, loved reading to our son. What I am really happy about is that we have all taken this book so to heart that, even though we do not read it anymore, little quotes from the book have crept into our every day conversations. And you can’t recommend a book any more than that!