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1sweetdissident
Nov 14, 2009, 12:23pm Top

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.

Thanks!

2lib.rare.ian
Nov 14, 2009, 11:26pm Top

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.

3sweetdissident
Nov 14, 2009, 11:58pm Top

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!

4sweetdissident
Nov 15, 2009, 11:56am Top

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.

5katelisim
Nov 15, 2009, 7:40pm Top

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.

6sweetdissident
Nov 16, 2009, 12:41pm Top

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.

7infiniteletters
Edited: Nov 16, 2009, 1:21pm Top

Maybe something by Hilaire Belloc?

8lquilter
Edited: Nov 17, 2009, 1:47pm Top

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.

9katelisim
Nov 17, 2009, 6:06pm Top

You're welcome. I'm glad my obscure movie-watching comes in handy :)

10sweetdissident
Nov 17, 2009, 9:31pm Top

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.

11sweetdissident
Nov 21, 2009, 9:45am Top

None of the above, guys; help! I still need to know!

12QueenOfDenmark
Nov 21, 2009, 4:18pm Top

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.

13rbtanger
Nov 23, 2009, 10:54pm Top

There is also Fierce John by Edward Fenton. John dresses up as a lion and scares his entire family and says he's going to eat them. Published in the late 50s. Has fantastic line drawings by William Pene Du Bois.

14hailelib
Nov 24, 2009, 8:38am Top

I think it's Bernard who gets eaten.

15mike0767
Edited: May 31, 2011, 9:53pm Top

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"?

16writermama
Nov 19, 2011, 12:26pm Top

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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