ALLEN, Pamela Fat Ferdie Viking, 2013 unpaged $24.99 ISBN 9780670077168 SCIS 1625643
Fat Ferdie is a greedy beast. The first page is not for the faint-hearted. He loves to eat red raw meat… little creatures, and lots of them. When there are no more left in his forest he ventures off in search of a new feast. He happens across three tasty looking children and his tummy grumbles…sounding scary? Luckily there is a twist to this tale and thankfully, a hopeful ending.
Pamela Allen is a master wordsmith. Her spare, rhythmic language is a delight to read aloud and the text is well supported by bold illustrations. Allen’s irreverent use of the word ‘fat’ adds to this parody of gluttony. For preschoolers who love monsters. SS