children's picture book: naughty boy eats his parents
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Thanks in advance for helping. A friend cannot recall the title or author of a Children's book he read with glee as a child. A naughty boy does bad things and eats his parents at the end of the book. Short, illustrated, mostly pictures. Pre-1976. Obviously fiction.
He looked into Edward Gorey as possible author, but Gashlycrumb Tinies was the closest thing he could find, and that's not it.
It's also not Where the Wild Things Are.
OK, this doesn't exactly fit your description, but you made me think of another book by Maurice Sendak: Pierre, A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue. In this tale, naughty Pierre disobeys his parents to the point that he is finally eaten by a lion (although he is later saved by the doctor). Easy beginning reader, very funny, not pedantic, typical Sendak.
Oh I love Pierre too, alas; it is not this book either, as my friend is well aware of Sendak (I made sure of that). Thanks so much for the helpful suggestion!
I thought it might have also been Shel Silverstein's "Hungry Mungry," but that's not it either. I don't think this was a great piece of children's lit; just a silly children's picture book from the 1970's.
My friend doesn't think it is Sendak or Gorey or Silverstein.
Unfortunately, I don't know it either, but it reminded me of a movie I saw--Little Otik(Otesanek in Czech). It's based on Czech folklore. An infertile couple carve a baby out of a tree stump and it comes to life and starts eating the neighbors.
I just looked that one up! Unfortunately, the book my friend has in mind is a "short picture book;" and probably not great lit. It was in fact a "bookmobile book" in the 1970's. =) I remain puzzled myself. I also looked up other Silverstein poems re: cannibalism and my friend says nay- not it.
It also reminded me of the movie mentioned in #5 -- but I had read it as a book as a kid (in the 1970s), and never remembered the name or title ... so, yaay for this thread for helping me, at least.
I do not think it is Little Otik, nor anything by Belloc; just a silly children's book, not great literature, or an anthology of poems. My friend remembers it as mostly pictures and very short; so an anthology seems out of the question.
Could it be Not Now Bernard? It's been awhile since I read this so I'm not sure but I sort of remember it being a little boy annoying his parents and someone gets eaten.
I think we may be looking for the same book. If it is, I remember it having black pages with multi colored line drawings. In the story the doctor removed all the things he ate. It ended with the doctor saying, " has anybody seen my hat"?
Maybe The Clay Pot Boy by Cynthia Jameson (illustrated by Arnold Lobel)? A farmer and his wife build a boy out of clay, and it eats everything in sight, including the farmer and his wife. In the end a billy goat crashes into the boy (who has grown) and breaks it open. Everything the boy has eaten comes out, including the farmer and his wife. The copy I have was published in 1973.
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