Kids hungry for a great read? Then serve up The Incredible Book Eating Boy

Every so often a picture book of such staggering genius comes along that you just have to add it to your kids’ collection. The Incredible Book Eating Boy is one of these.

There’s nothing remotely ho-hum or run-of-the-mill about this incredibly entertaining and slightly subversive tale from the wickedly clever brain of Oliver Jeffers, of Lost and Found fame.

In a nutshell, it’s about a boy named Henry who discovers he loves books. But, so the book goes, not like you and I love books, no. Henry loves eating them. He soon twigs that the more books he eats, the smarter he gets. So he hatches a plan to become the smartest boy in the world. Until a book-eating overload causes all sorts of complications! Stellar stuff.

The illustrations are just as much a treat as the story. Collages made from maps, graph paper and old notebooks mix it up inside the book on pages with pencil drawings and paintings that are typically Jeffers. I like it for so many reasons. My  son’s best bit? The bite-sized chunk, complete with teeth marks, missing from the back cover. Guaranteed to trigger preschooler hysterics with every read. And I predict you’ll be reading this one a lot.

Book Depository has The Incredible Book Eating Boy for $9.74 in paperback but we recommend shelling out a few extra dollars for the hardback version at $16.97,  if only for the three-dimensional effect of that glorious back page bite mark.

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