Gapaillard’s detailed black-ink illustrations perfectly encapsulate the story’s blend of
horror and humor and call to mind Maurice Sendak’s Wild Things.

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The Yark


A very funny and cheerfully subversive chapter book about a monster who eats children-until one day he makes a friend.

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  • Description

    The Yark loves children…with the love of a gourmand! This hairy monster dreams of child buffets—ham of boy, orphan gratin, schoolchild purée, breaded babies, girl rillettes. But he has a problem: his delicate stomach can only tolerate nice children; liars give him heartburn, savages spoil his teeth. There are not enough good, edible children around to keep him from starvation.
    Then the Yark does find delicious, sweet Madeleine. Will he gobble her up?
    Or will she survive long enough to change his life?

  • Book Details

    Country of Origin France
    Reader Age 6-8 year, 8-12 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. Raif, age 9 (Kids Book Buzz)

      The pictures are all in black and white, and there aren’t very many of them, but they are awesome

    2. Tomorrow’s Schools Today (NZ)

      If ever there was a thrilling horror story with humour for children 7 to 10 years this is it! Teachers if you want to keep slow readers attention use this book; kids love the macabre, especially if delivered with a happy ending!

    3. Bob’s Book Blog (NZ)

      The story is brilliantly supported by Laurent Gapaillard’s pen and ink Victorian-gothic illustrations. The Yark is a superb creation.

      This is a five star work, don’t miss it. Adults will smile knowingly

    4. Gus (10yrs) The Breeze Radio Station

      At first it was really scary but I kept reading because I started to feel I really liked The Yark and wanted to know everything about him. And this really is a story about how everyone should be given at least a chance or two and ac love loved by at least someone.

    5. Magpies (NZ)

      It doesn’t matter whether you call The Yark a short novel or a long story; everyone who reads it agrees it’s a highly entertaining romp. The most common word used by critics is “jubilant.”

    6. Project Muse (US)

      For all the book’s bravado of rebelliousness, it concludes on an endearing note; readers who revel in potty humor and/or those that appreciate an earned happy ending will find much to love here.

    7. Booklist (US)

      Gapaillard’s detailed black-ink illustrations perfectly encapsulate the story’s blend of
      horror and humor and call to mind Maurice Sendak’s Wild Things.

    8. Midwest Book Review (US)

      This original and consistently entertaining children’s story by Bertrand Santini is impressively augmented by the truly stunning black-and-white Victorian Goth style artwork of Laurent Capaillard

    9. Kirkus Reviews (US)

      Gapaillard’s beautiful drawings set the emotive, toothy Yark into moody, cinematic landscapes and intricate interiors.

    10. Youth Services Book Review

      The illustrations showing all the moods of the Monster and all of his exploits complement the story perfectly.

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      This is a delicious novel which demands to be devoured in one sitting – it’s a gulp – not a ‘dip, dunk and sip read unless you like to leave your listener hanging on the edge of the precipice clinging precariously to life. It adheres to Dahl’s notion that children deserve honesty and that sometimes the balance of justice and fairness does not tip in the favour of the good or righteous while refreshingly acknowledging that each side has a moral right for survival. This has on one reading become one of my favourite books. It is a cracking story with sublime prose, exquisite wall-worthy illustrations and is the perfect read-aloud for the child in all of us. Quite simply it is drool worthy!

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