The Incredible Book Eating Boy

The Incredible Book Eating Boy

by 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 Jeffers celebrates the joys of reading in this charming and quirky picture book. It’s almost good enough to eat.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399247491
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/19/2007
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 85,699
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 11.31(h) x 0.39(d)
Lexile: AD550L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

 Oliver Jeffers ( makes art and tells stories. His books include How to Catch a Star; Lost and Found, which was the recipient of the prestigious Nestle Children’s 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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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

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Incredible Book Eating Boy 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
sunnysturdivant on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary- this is a book about a boy named Henry who discovers that he loves to ¿eat¿ books. Shorty after he begins eating books, he gets confused because he has eaten too many books. Many people tell him to stop eating books. Henry finally decides to stop eating books, but one day he discovered he could ¿read¿ books instead of eating them. Henry figured out that by actually reading he could still become the smartest boy in the world, it would just take a little longer.Personal reaction- As an educator I will love this book because it encourages children to read. I also thought this book was well illustrated. In addition this book also encourages children to seek knowledge. Overall I thought that was an excellent book and I would definitely use this book in my classroom.Classroom Extension- (a) I could talk about how we learn/gain knowledge by reading, and encourage children to read as much as possible.(b) Discuss things that are okay to ear and what we aren¿t supposed to eat.(c) Each child could tell me what book is their favorite so I could be sure to include those books to my classroom library, and possibly read it to the class.
heby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was first attracted to this book by its title. It had been hiding in our libraries stacks until I had read about another TL using it at the start of the year with her early years students. My early years students laughed out loud at Henry's book eating habits and of course when he "boked" in the toilet. I loved the illustrations and cute vignettes. What a fresh way to send the message that eventually we all find the joy in reading!
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What's not to love about Oliver Jeffers?! One of the best books about books or the love of books, he gets smarter the more books he eats, but alas eating too many books too fast jumbles up all information.
acwheeler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is very interesting and has different but neat illustations. It teaches students to read books and not just look at them or "eat them" because the more you read, the more youll learn and become smarter.
irisdovie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this book enjoyable both visually and mentally. I liked that the boy had such a strange habit. I might use this book in a children's storytime at a public library. Or in a elementary school library storytime for 1st or 2nd graders. My daughter, who is almost 7, really enjoyed this story also.
lnpowers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The is a beautifully created book and the last could of pages and back cover have a clever bite taken out of them. The illustrations are engaging for what they have been created out of, like a vintage Christmas postcard or a page from a math textbook. And the story is delightful on top of the illustrations.This book could be used for a library program that celebrates literacy and the joys of reading, maybe Dia de los Libros/Dia de los Ninos.
dylantanner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A boy realizes that rather than reading books, he can learn by eating them. He becomes famous for his brilliance, until it becomes too much. This is a children's fantasy picture book.I love this book. sometimes learning without the work appeals to all of, especially little boys. I would definitely use this book in the classroom, especially for lower elementary. Little guys will find this hilarious and translatable. The moral, about enjoying your reading slowly and thoroughly could really hit home/
rfewell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kids loved this one!
kmacneill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. Its about a boy that starts to eat books slowly and then starts devouring them too quickly. He learns to slow down and actually read them instead of gobbling them up. I just loved the illustrations in this book so much! I think this book would be great for reluctant readers because of the interesting cover which has a bite out of it. Also it would be a great way for students to see that books can be enjoyed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book. It is different than most children's books in that the drawing appears more hand drawn. My boys really enjoy the story.
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BookAffair More than 1 year ago
Love this book because it is a story about the love of reading and how knowledge is power. The illustrations are creatively crafted.
RealBooksRock More than 1 year ago
I am so happy I got this book. The story is charming. I love that the illustrations have been created on books, newspapers, cardboard...this extra dimension gives the reader more to look at and enjoy. Right down to the "bite" that's been taken out of the back cover of the book, the story on the pages is magnificent!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an amazing book. Present for my son who loves Lost and Found. He'll definitely love it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very cute book with charming illustrations. It's not pictured here, but there's a "bite" out of the last page and back cover that your kids will find hysterical! Makes a fun gift.