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ISBN13: 9780553382624
ISBN10: 0553382624
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This is a story of the greatest love, ever.  An outlandish claim, outrageous perhaps, but trust me--

And so begin the enchanting, unforgettable tale of J. J. Smith, Keeper of the Records for The Book of Records, an ordinary man searching for the extraordinary.  J.J. has clocked the world's longest continuous kiss, 30 hours and 45 minutes.  He has verified the lengthiest single unbroken apple peel, 172 feet and 4 inches.  He has measured the farthest flight of a champagne cork from an untreated, unheated bottle 177 feet 9 inches.  He has tasted the world's largest menu item, whole-roasted Bedouin camel.

But in all his adventure from Australia to Zanzibar, J.J. has never witnessed great love until he comes upon a tiny windswept town in the heartland of America, where folks still talk about family, faith, and crops.  Here, where he last expects it, J.J. discovers a world record attempt like no other: Piece by piece, a farmer is eating a Boeing 747 to prove his love for a woman.

In this vast landscape of cornfields and lightning storms, J.J. is doubly astounded to be struck by love from the same woman, Willa Wyatt of the honey eyes and wild blond hair.  It is a feeling beyond measure, throwing J.J.'s carefully ordered world upside down, proving that hears, like world records, can be broken, and the greatest wonders in life can not be qualified.

Richly romantic, whimsical, and uplifting, The Man Who Ate the 747 is a flight of fancy from start to finish.  It stretches imagination, bends physics and biology, but believe it just a little and you may find yourself reaching for your own records, the kind that really count.  Written with tenderness, originality, and insight, filled with old-fashioned warmth and newfangled humor, it is an extraordinary novel, a found treasure that marks the emergence of a major storytelling tale.

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This is a story of the greatest love, ever. Richly romantic, whimsical, and uplifting, "The Man Who Ate the 747" is a flight of fancy from start to finish. Written with tenderness and insight, filled with old-fashioned warmth and newfangled humor, it is an extraordinary novel that marks the emergence of a major storytelling talent.

About the Author

Ben Sherwood is senior producer of the NBC Nightly News.  His nonfiction writing has appeared in many national publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times.  Educated at Harvard and Oxford, he now lives in New York, where he is at work on his next novel.

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Cathy Chapman, September 6, 2006 (view all comments by Cathy Chapman)
Quiet, gangly Wally Chubb is smitten, head-over-heels in love, and will go to any length to get his beloved's attention and prove his love for her (with the notable exception of actually telling her). So when a 747 destined for an aviation junkyard crashlands in his cornfield, Wally decides to eat the plane...

Most of the townsfolk try to ignore Wally and this odd behavior, but a young boy writes to the Book Of Records, bringing Keeper of the Records John Smith from New York City to Superior, Nebraska with high hopes of witnessing and recording the most unusual and extraordinary event ever.

A charming and quick read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553382624
Author:
Sherwood, Ben
Publisher:
Bantam
Subject:
General
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
World records
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20040331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.28x5.54x.63 in. .52 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This is a story of the greatest love, ever. Richly romantic, whimsical, and uplifting, "The Man Who Ate the 747" is a flight of fancy from start to finish. Written with tenderness and insight, filled with old-fashioned warmth and newfangled humor, it is an extraordinary novel that marks the emergence of a major storytelling talent.
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