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The Yark by Bertrand Santini
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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

Gecko Press; January 2018
80 pages; ISBN 9781776571734
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Title: The Yark
Author: Bertrand Santini; Laurent Gapaillard
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