The Incredible Book Eating Boy

Paperback | April 4, 2007

byOliver Jeffers

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The mouth-watering new book from acclaimed author illustrator, Oliver Jeffers.Henry loves books... but not like you and I. He loves to EAT books! This exciting new story follows the trials and tribulations of a boy with a voracious appetite for books. Henry discovers his unusual taste by mistake one day, and is soon swept up in his new-found passion - gorging on every delicious book in sight! And better still, he realises that the more books he eats, the smarter he gets. Henry dreams of becoming the Incredible Book Eating Boy; the smartest boy in the world! But a book-eating diet isn't the healthiest of habits, as Henry soon finds out... Children (and their parents) aged 4-6

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The mouth-watering new book from acclaimed author illustrator, Oliver Jeffers.Henry loves books... but not like you and I. He loves to EAT books! This exciting new story follows the trials and tribulations of a boy with a voracious appetite for books. Henry discovers his unusual taste by mistake one day, and is soon swept up in his new...

Oliver is a fresh new talent in picture books. He graduated from The University of Ulster in 2001 with First Class honours and has since exhibited his paintings around the world. He works as a freelance illustrator, and this is his second picture book project.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 11.13 × 8.75 × 0.2 inPublished:April 4, 2007Publisher:Harpercollins (uk)Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0007182317

ISBN - 13:9780007182312

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh, I loved this! This was a great book. Yes, it was a small children’s book, a picture book, if you will, but it was just wonderful to read. The story, by Oliver Jeffers, is about a boy who starts to eat books. First he starts with just a word, then moves on to sentences, and, ultimately, entire books. The books make him smarter, but they give him a bad tummy ache. The wonderful thing about this book is the illustrations. Most of the pages are structured to look like various pages in a book–that’s not to say the obvious, it is a book: I know that. For example, the first page reads like the side-angle of a finance book, or other pages have text lightly in the background of another book. There is even lined paper and graph paper on various pages–each page being quite unique. Of course, even the illustrations of the boy with his books are quite nice–I especially enjoyed a picture of the boy at the dinner table, taking a slice out of his book for a mouthful. Jeffers’s use of space is wonderful. I liked how he didn’t clutter up the pages with too much going on, but instead gave the reader just enough. Another great thing about the book is how the author gives us all reasons to read books through the boy eating the books: they make us smarter, can help us do crossword puzzles better, but sometimes we read books so fast that our brains get jumbled up and we can’t remember what we’ve read. I liken myself to that–sometimes I read book after book after book without a break and get fuzzy. I totally understood what he was going through. The Incredible Book-Eating Boy is a great story to let everyone know the benefits of reading–and that sometimes, an accident (like accidentally eating your book instead of your popsicle) can lead you to do something you never thought possible.
Date published: 2012-01-13

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Praise for Lost and Found:"An uplifting story.pictures of such spare beauty.suffused with a dreamlike quality." - INDEPENDENT ONLINE"Oliver Jeffers makes impressive use of space in this affecting story of friendship.illustrations capture feelings of loss and loneliness through the most delicate nuances of facial expression.and body language." - Julia Eccleshare, THE GUARDIAN"Beautifully illustrated, simple warm story.little children will love to share it." - CAROUSEL"Jeffers has a unique writing and illustrative style. It's a wonderful picture book." - PUBLISHING NEWS"My picture book of the year, a joyful exploration of the power of friendship." - IRISH INDEPENDENTPraise for How to Catch a Star:"The best recent picture book by light years. stylishly spellbinding." - TELEGRAPH"A story about possibilities and disappointments with a triumphant ending, all of which Jeffers captures through the beautifully expressive changing moods of his little boy." - THE GUARDIAN"This is a magical, beautifully illustrated tale about reaching for dreams." - MAIL ON SUNDAY"Hail to new talent. If only all picture books could be this good." - THE BOOKSELLER