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A very funny and cheerfully subversive chapter book about a monster who eats children--until one day he makes a friend. The Yark loves children . . . with the love of a gourmand! This hairy monster dreams of child buffets--ham of boy, orphan gratin, breaded babies, girl rillettes. But he has a problem: his delicate stomach can only tolerate nice children; liars give him heartburn and savages spoil his teeth. There are not nearly enough good, edible children around to keep him from starvation. Then the Yark finds sweet Madeleine. Will he gobble her up? Or will she survive long enough to change his life? "[A] blend of horror and humor. . ."--Booklist Online "Gapaillard's beautiful drawings set the emotive, toothy Yark into moody, cinematic landscapes and intricate interiors."--Kirkus Reviews "...unreservedly recommended for personal reading lists, as well as elementary school and community library fiction collections for young readers." Midwest Book Review "There is much to love in this cautionary tale...Suggest for one-on-one sharing where parents are looking for a gentle and humorous moral tale."--School Library Journal… (more)
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Le Yark by Bertrand Santini

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The Yark is a creature that eats good little children because they are the best for his digestion. Until he meets a little girl that’s just too sweet to eat. The story is fun — although I’m not sure my niece (who is six) is ready to read it yet, since the beginning chapters (which talk about the monster eating children’s toes, fingers, hearts, etc.) might be a little too scary for her just yet. I don’t want to be one of those adults to assume something is too scary for kids when the kids think it’s fine, since it really depends on the kid. But I know my niece and although she likes creepy stuff (Coraline, The Corpse Bride, etc.), there are some things that cross that line into scaring her (The Witches). So, I’m going to hold off on this one for a little bit. However, some other six year old might totally love this book and not be bothered by it at all. ( )
  andreablythe | Dec 31, 2018 |
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This is a monsterly and yet, charming tale which lets the reader meet a monster they'll never forget.

The Yark is a monster who eats children, and not just any children. The Yark eats nice, sweet and very good children. This Yark is especially concentrated on very well-behaved children, since his stomach is extremely sensitive when it comes to even a dash of bad. Unfortunately, good children are becoming harder to find as time passes, and this Yark has grown very hungry through the decades. Finally, he has an idea—to steal Santa's nice and naught list. With an exact map to all nice children in the world, the approaching doom seems sealed. But things don't always run smoothly, especially for the Yark.

The book starts gritty with a monster who chews soft bones and sucks eyeballs. The Yark loves to gnaw on children, and this fact is not subtle or smooth in any way. More sensitive readers might find this a bit much, but it's a wonderful start to the tale. The Yark isn't nice and yet, he's somehow endearing. The walk along this fence-line is what captures the reader. As the Yark searches for nice children, it's almost easy to feel sorry for him. But only almost. The author keeps the reminder of the Yarks food requirements front and center the entire way through. And there are plenty of children who get devoured in these pages.

The story reads much like a traditional folklore. The sweet part and change doesn't happen until close to the end, and even then, it's a questionable change for the most part. It's this not bad/not good which leaves kids food for thought and makes the Yark hard to forget.

The illustrations are wonderful. The Yark, just like his food requirements, is monsterly yet has a dash of something sweet. There are enough pictures to add a lovely touch to the story and keep even reluctant readers engrossed in the pages.

This is definitely an intriguing read with a monster who will win the reader's heart yet still hold a place of carefullness. I can only recommend it. ( )
  tdrecker | Oct 25, 2018 |
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The Yark fits neatly into the tradition of stories where a monstrous character is shown not to be so monstrous after all, especially when confronted with the transformative power of love. What sets it apart from other stories of the same type is the language.

The language is evocative. It is descriptive. It is, upon occasion, brutal. It is crude and funny and engaging and vivid. Parents may want to read this book themselves before giving it to their child, especially if the child is sensitive to frank descriptions of children being eaten. (Think eyeballs squishing, bones crunching, that kind of thing.) On the other hand, a child mature enough to understand the nature of satire may find the descriptions hilarious. One particular scene, featuring a good deal of bathroom humor, seems primed to appeal to the middle school-aged boy in all of us.

I cannot recommend the book to everyone, but I think it has the potential to be a favorite for a specific subsection of children. ( )
  shabacus | Oct 22, 2018 |
I can't exactly place it but the illustration in this book was very familiar to me, I haven't looked up the illustrator but maybe they worked on something I read as a kid. The Yark looked like something from "Where the Wild Things Are" that's what I had in my head the whole time. This felt like a weird German folk tale (I guess it was French) because their were a lot of kids being eaten by a monster scenes. ( )
  CaputoJohn | Sep 30, 2018 |
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I have no idea who this book is aimed at. The descriptions of child eating are... quite detailed, moreso than most kids are gonna handle well. The moralizing at the end is also a bit much; it feels like anyone who is going to like the first part is unlikely to like the second.

I didn't like the second part very much, but the illustrations are SO GOOD, and the character of the Yark himself is SO GOOD, that I'm willing to forgive that moralizing. This is a lovely little book. ( )
  Kesterbird | Sep 21, 2018 |
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Unter allen Monstern, die isch auf der Erde tummeln, ist der Mensch das verbreitetste.
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"Ich hatte schon geglaubt, du würdest niemals aufwachen!" Und mit einem Lächeln fügt sie hinzu: "Ich hatte solche Angst, weißt du?"
Das ist nicht das erste Mal, dass der Yark jemandem Angst eingeflößt hat. Dass man Angst vor ihm hat, ist eine alltägliche Erfahrung. Aber Madeleines Angst ist etwas ziemlich Anderes. Sie hatte Angst UM IHN.
"Um mich", wiederholt das Monster ungläubig, denn es ist das erste Mal, dass es ein solches Gefühl zum Geschenk erhält. Das löst in ihm eine ganz neue Empfindung aus, so neu, dass es sie nicht benennen kann.
Nach einem langen Schweigen öffnet der Yark ein Auge.
"Ich mache dir keine Angst?", fragt er schüchtern.
"Nein."
"Findest du mich nicht hässlich?"
Das Mädchen zuckt mit den Schultern, als wäre das eine völlig absurde Frage.
"Nein, ich finde dich schön!"
Schön? Dieses Wort, das noch nie jemand für ihn gebraucht hat, macht ihm eine Gänsehaut.
"Gewöhnlich finden die Menschen mich abstoßend", flüstert das Monster.
"Die Menschen haben nicht viel Phantasie. Sie sehen Schönheit nur in dem, was ihnen ähnelt."
"Aber du bist doch auch ein Mensch!", ruft der Yark aus.
"Ja, und dass ich dich schön finde, ist der Beweis dafür, dass wir uns ähnlich sind!"
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A very funny and cheerfully subversive chapter book about a monster who eats children--until one day he makes a friend. The Yark loves children . . . with the love of a gourmand! This hairy monster dreams of child buffets--ham of boy, orphan gratin, breaded babies, girl rillettes. But he has a problem: his delicate stomach can only tolerate nice children; liars give him heartburn and savages spoil his teeth. There are not nearly enough good, edible children around to keep him from starvation. Then the Yark finds sweet Madeleine. Will he gobble her up? Or will she survive long enough to change his life? "[A] blend of horror and humor. . ."--Booklist Online "Gapaillard's beautiful drawings set the emotive, toothy Yark into moody, cinematic landscapes and intricate interiors."--Kirkus Reviews "...unreservedly recommended for personal reading lists, as well as elementary school and community library fiction collections for young readers." Midwest Book Review "There is much to love in this cautionary tale...Suggest for one-on-one sharing where parents are looking for a gentle and humorous moral tale."--School Library Journal

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