Monday, March 5, 2018

The Incredible Book Eating Boy - Oliver Jeffers

Summary:  Like many children, Henry loves books. But Henry doesn’t like to read books, he likes to eat them. Big books, picture books, reference books . . . if it has pages, Henry chews them up and swallows (but red ones are his favorite). And the more he eats, the smarter he gets—he’s on his way to being the smartest boy in the world! But one day he feels sick to his stomach. And the information is so jumbled up inside, he can’t digest it! Can Henry find a way to enjoy books without using his teeth?  With a stunning new artistic style and a die-cut surprise, Oliver Jeffers celebrates the joys of reading in this charming and quirky picture book. It’s almost good enough to eat.

My Review: The Incredible Book Eating Boy tells the story of a young chap named Henry who loves books so much he full-on consumes them.  No, seriously.  He eats them.  Not only that, but each time he munches on a math book, chews up a Chernow, or devours a dictionary he gets smarter, and smarter, and SMARTER.  Henry anticipates that his steady diet of books will soon make him the smartest person in the world!  Unfortunately, it isn't long before a major case of literary indigestion leaves Henry in a state of total discombobulation and he must find another way to savor the written word.   

I found this book yesterday while perusing our local libraries "for sale" shelf  (also known as the-place-I-get-my-book-fix-without-breaking-the-bank).   To be perfectly honest, I was pretty sure I was going to buy this book when I read the title, but the book-loving theme and the giant BITE taken out of the back cover (and a few pages) are what sealed the deal.  The illustrations are creative, with an antiqued, album-like feel, and show Henry in various states of book consumption.  Of course, (small spoiler here), Henry eventually learns that books can be even more illuminating when read, and I just couldn't leave a message like that sitting neglected on the for-sale shelf.

My Rating: 4 Stars

For the sensitive reader:  If you value your books, you might not want to read this to any kids who are young enough to take it literally.

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