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.
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.