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The Incredible Book Eating Boyby Oliver Jeffers
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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 Jeffer's celebrates the joys of reading in this charming and quirky picture book. It's almost good enough to eat.
"This story, inventively painted in mixed media on discarded bindings, book covers and tattered, yellowed pages of paper, may earn Jeffers (Lost and Found) a reputation as an incredible book-recycling artist. Jeffers introduces a boy named Henry who gobbles books, though red ones were his favorite. The information contained in each devoured tome directly enters Henry's brain, so the more he ate, the smarter he got (not unlike Susan Meddaugh's alphabet-soup-eating dog, Martha). Henry finds all content tasty — he wasn't fussy — and his knowledge exponentially increases until his excessive appetite starts giving him indigestion. After he gets sick, Henry tries reading books for a change: Henry discovered that he loved to read. And he thought that if he read enough he might still become the smartest person on Earth. It would just take a bit longer. Jeffers has created a book about books from books, in a collage style less abstract than Sara Fanellis. A whimsical die-cut in the shape of a toothy bite, taken from the lower rear corner of the final pages, further asserts the point that some habits die hard. Jeffers adeptly uses hyperbole throughout the tale so that the underlying message never feels preachy or didactic. Additionally, his beautiful handling of found materials ought to wow young artists who take a close look — though not so close as to leave tooth marks of their own. Ages 4–up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The cover is a pleasing shade of chocolate, and many of the pages look good enough to eat, with print, lines, and texture from the recycled book pages cropping up in unlikely places....Children will enjoy sinking their teeth into these detail-rich, delectable pictures." Booklist
"This well-done package will charm its audience. The snappy text works well for reading aloud, but older children will enjoy exploring the subtle details hidden in the illustrations and backgrounds." School Library Journal, starred review
About the Author
Oliver Jeffers (www.oliverjeffersworld.com) makes art and tells stories. His books include How to Catch a Star; Lost and Found, which was the recipient of the prestigious Nestle Childrens Book Prize Gold Award in the U.K. and was later adapted into an award-winning animated film; The Way Back Home; The Incredible Book Eating Boy; The Great Paper Caper; The Heart and the Bottle, which was made into a highly acclaimed iPad application narrated by Helena Bonham Carter; Up and Down, the New York Times bestselling Stuck; The Hueys in the New Sweater, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year; and This Moose Belongs to Me, a New York Times bestseller. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Oliver now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
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