The Incredible Book Eating Boy comes to life


Oliver Jeffers has the rare talent for writing the most perfect children’s stories – filled with humour, the odd life lesson, and a touch of melancholy – as well as painting the most incredible illustrations to go with them. With all this superbness going on, it’s hardly surprising that bringing one of his best-loved stories to the stage was a challenging task!

Aren’t we glad that the Sydney Opera House was up to the challenge?! The Incredible Book Eating Boy, Jeffers’ simple but clever story about a boy who discovers that the more books he eats, the smarter he gets, has been brilliantly engineered for the stage.

The production creators were mindful of the fact that Jeffers’ illustrations are rich and an integral part of the story’s charm. To incorporate this, many of the props for the stage production open and close just like a book (you can catch a glimpse in the video clip below).


The Incredible Book Eating Boy is on now at the Sydney Opera House, with multiple performances daily until April 27, 2014. Tickets are priced from $24 each and the fifty minute show is suitable for children aged three years and over. Book online directly through the Sydney Opera House. Word is that the production will be touring other cities later in the year.

If you’d like a paper copy of The Incredible Book Eating Boy, find it online at Book Depository, which delivers free-of-charge to Australia. And for more books (and artwork and jewellery) from Oliver Jeffers, see our previous posts.



Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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