The Child Cruncher
Mathilde Stein & Mies van Hout
Trim size: : 21,4 x 27,8 cm | 32 pages
‘Got you!’ growled a harsh voice. ‘You’re coming with me!’
But I said, ‘One moment, please. I have to ask my dad first. …Dad! I’m being kidnapped by a big, ugly villain. Is that all right?’
‘Oh, that’s fine,’ Dad replied. ‘Just remember to brush your teeth. Have fun.’
One summer evening, Molly is so bored that she dreams up an adventure with a fierce villain. But if her dream comes true – and she is kidnapped by an ogre – life is not as exciting as Molly had hoped. She even has to rescue her clumsy captor!
And then her big ugly villain turns out to be an ordinary child cruncher. What a disappointment! Instead of going on all sorts of adventures, he only wants to eat her up.
Luckily Molly knows just what to do…
Quotes from the press
‘The child radiates a smiling self-confidence in van Hout’s cartoon art, which reflects the narrative’s breezy tone, and while the clumsy, blustering Bad Guy—endowed with both a ferocious scowl and a fuzzy plush bunny—comes across as far more comical than threatening…’
– Kirkus Reviews
‘A visually enticing story … Full of fun.’
– Publishers Weekly
MATHILDE STEIN (1969) born and raised in The Netherlands, studied at the Arts Academy in France. After living in France for ten years, she moved to the United Kingdom, where she works as Course Director and Senior Lecturer Event management at the University of Central England.
Mies van Hout (1962) studied at the Arts Academy in Groningen, where she majored in graphic design. She has been working as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer since 1989. Over the years, she illustrated quite a lot of children’s books. Her illustrations are cheerful and witty, painted skilfully and distinctly.