The Yark

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 5   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

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

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-1-77657-171-0
$16.99 $12.74
978-1-77657-175-8
$33.32 $24.99
Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Fiction
Copyright 2018
Publisher Gecko Press
Imprint Gecko Press
Language English
Number of Pages 80
Publication Date 2018-01-01
BISACS JUV052000, JUV039060
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 5 x 7.8
Lexile 780
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Teaching Guides

Awards

  • New York Public Library Best Books for Kids, Winner, 2018

Reviews

Irish Times

The Yark: a child-chomping beast stalks through suburban bedrooms across the globe looking for a decent meal. An edge-of-your-seat story for readers with a hardy constitution Little ones who are afraid of the dark might do well to steer clear of The Yark (Gecko Press, £6.99, 6+), a sinister tale by Bertrand Santini, in which a child-chomping beast stalks through suburban bedrooms across the globe looking for a decent meal. ‘Boys in bacon, orphan gratin, chicken-fried children, breaded babies, leg of twins, brats in a bun’: he isn’t fussy. The problem, however, is that naughty children give him indigestion, and good children are hard to come by. ‘Ah, how monsters yearn for the good old days!’ he laments. ‘Once upon a time, children were tender and innocent [but] modern times produces almost no edible children.’ However, the Yark is clever as well as fierce and he has an ingenious idea: to steal Santa’s list of saints and sinners and track some well-behaved children down. What he hasn’t anticipated is the good children’s ultimate defence – misbehaviour – and when the Yark comes to call, they relish the opportunity to be naughty, leaving him with a very tender tummy.

Translated from Italian by Anthony Shugaar, there is a distinctly European flavour to this scary fairytale, which does not compromise on style or sensibility. It does, however, offer a happy ending, which is also a lesson in friendship and compromise. Laurent Gapaillard’s black and white pencil sketches have a Sendakian quality and add an extra level of appeal, creating a look for the beast that is both fierce and friendly. The Yark is an edge-of-your-seat story for newly independent readers with a hardy constitution.

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“®eaders who revel in potty humor and/or those that appreciate an earned happy ending will find much to love here.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Booklist Online

“[A] blend of horror and humor . . .”—Booklist Online

School Library Journal

“Suggest for one-on-one sharing where parents are looking for a gentle and humorous moral tale.”—School Library Journal

Illustrator: Laurent Gapaillard

Laurent Gapaillard is a graphic designer who studied at ESAG Penninghen and has collaborated on feature films, animated television series, and video games. He lives in France.

Author: Bertrand Santini

Bertrand Santini is scriptwriter and author of a number of popular children's books. He lives in Paris, France.

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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. 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… View available downloads →