The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers

“Henry loves books, but not like you and I, not quite. Henry loves to EAT books. And here is the best bit: the more he eats, the smarter he gets.

Big books, picture books, reference books– you name it, Henry eats them up. And the more he eats, the smarter he gets. (You knew that was coming, right?) Henry keeps eating and getting smarter, knowing one day, he’ll be the smartest in the world. However, all the fun catches up to him and one day poor Henry feels sick to his stomach. Eventually, all the information Henry’s digested gets so jumbled, he needs to find a new way to enjoy books.

Even though the story is predictable for adults, kids will literally eat up The Incredible Book Eating Boy. I have to admit, even though the story was predictable, I still found myself wanting to read on. The clever illustrations make this book truly unique. Using old book covers, and pages from books, Jeffers’ collage-style will have you oohing and aahing! The best part? When you get to the end of the book, we find out that Henry hasn’t changed his ways and has taken a bite out of the lower rear corner of the final pages– Funny!

Parents, teachers, and librarians will love the positive moral of the book about the importance of reading and children’s literacy. Young readers will enjoy the cartoon illustrations and young and old will enjoy the low-key humor.

Author/ Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers

Publisher: Philomel, April 2007

Reading Level: Ages 4-8