Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Book That Eats People” as Want to Read:
The Book That Eats People
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Book That Eats People

by
3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  693 Ratings  ·  175 Reviews
WARNING! THIS IS NOT A BEDTIME STORY

Legend has it there exists a book that eats people.

This is that book!

Many readers have been unable to escape its perilous pages.
But this isn't that book.

Yes it is!

This is simply a story about that book.
Really. I mean, how could a book eat people?
So if you're just dying to know the history of this literary monster, all you have to do is t
...more
Hardcover, 38 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Tricycle Press

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Book That Eats People, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Book That Eats People

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 1,234)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Rebecca
This is not Becky typing this review. This is the book that ate Becky. She didn't heed the warnings that were all over this darkly hilarious story. She thought I'd be great to read to grade-school classes. Shows how much she knows. There's a reason librarians are pictured weeping in these pages. Mwahaha.
Laura
Mar 20, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The Book That Eats People by John Perry and illustrated by Mark Fearing tells the tale of a hungry book that finds readers at any cost to stop its stomach from growling!

What a pure creepy gem! It is so rare to find a scary picture book for kids, but this book seemed to just jump out from the shelf. Hmmm….maybe I should…no, never mind.

From the cover’s icy gaze to the look of pure terror on each victim’s face, the illustrations and collage style pages capture the reader’s attention and pull. Poor
...more
Kaethe
Great concept, one my horror-loving child would really have dug, but the collage art style didn't quite work for me. And also, book titles on USian books are written on the spine to be read by leaning your head to the right, not the left! This is the second time this has shown up in a book recently, and I realize that this would bug pretty much no one else, but it annoys the hell out of me. Probably I have spent way too many hours of my life looking at USian book spines. I shudder to think how m ...more
Colby Sharp
Jun 19, 2012 Colby Sharp rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book, fantasy
I've heard that this guy does quite the author visit (scares the crap out of little kids).
Amy
Feb 11, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, reviewed
My review from the point of view of the children first: My seven year-old niece really liked this book. She was completely engaged by the story, she giggled often at the pictures, and she really appreciated the effort that the writer and illustrator put into making it a great kid "horror" story for her. When we were done reading the book, she decided to take the book and play librarian with it, which delighted me! An absolute hit with her.

On one hand this book scared my three-year old nephew, (w
...more
Dolly
Jul 07, 2013 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their older children
This is a strangely entertaining, but quite creepy story about a book that eats people. In fact, the book that you are reading, actually holding in your hands, eats people. The multimedia collage illustrations are quite humorous, and we loved the part about the book adopting a benign-looking bookcover with the title All About Dolphins.

Overall, it's a really fun book to read aloud and it really made our girls chuckle. I especially liked reading the author's bios at the back of the book, especial
...more
Kyrie
May 19, 2015 Kyrie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, children
This little gem showed up on my recommended book list and against my better judgement and because of a couple tongue in cheek reviews, I read it.

Ha, ha! How cute! This book is scary. It eats readers. It has to be put in jail and in zoos because it can't be trusted. Of course 8 and 9 year old kids find it hilarious. And I chuckled and finished it and set it down.

Then, well, I thought, I ought to be cautious, so I put a couple books on top of it, and as soon as I stood up, the books slid off. I'm
...more
Panda Incognito
It's rare to find a book for children that is actually, intentionally creepy, and if you have a small child with a wickedly dark sense of humor, they will love this. It's well-written, has creative illustrations, and is a rare book that is purposefully frightening without offering a happy, sunshiny, unexpected ending. I was suitably impressed with the execution of this idea that I would like to give this book a higher rating, but with full knowledge that this would have terrified the pants off m ...more
Sarah Sammis
Apr 01, 2010 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing
I heard about The Book That Eats People by John Perry via the Cybils. It wasn't in my category but I made an effort this winter to read as many of the nominated picture books. This book with it's evil grinning cover was top of my list of books to check out since Sean is such a fan of monsters.

The Book That Eats People is metafiction at its best. Here is the story of a book that gets hungry for human flesh, its victims and how it is finally caught. As the story progresses, the monster book become
...more
Bri  Ahearn
Sep 06, 2009 Bri Ahearn rated it really liked it
This is a cautionary tale about a voracious book that may eat an unfortunate equally voracious and naive reader. The Book That Eats People by John Perry chronicles the horrific history of a book that, as the title says, eats people. This is that book. The book warns you not to read, as it's a particularly nasty-tempted book. If you do, you'll learn the fate of poor Sammy Ruskin, who was devoured by the pages, and the book's other two (so far) victims.


Who wouldn't want to read this book with that
...more
Arminzerella
This book EATS people. So, if you should find it, be careful. If it makes any funny noises, you’ll want to stop reading immediately, pile stuff on top of it, and probably run for your life – just to be safe. This is the story of the book and the people it’s eaten (a tragicomedy). Originally entitled, “What Happened to Sam Ruskin?” the book has now been labeled, “The Book That Eats People,” so you’ll know how to recognize it. Every effort has been made to rehabilitate it, but the book has acquire ...more
Donald Armfield
I just finished reading this creepy gem to my four year old daughter. We both shared some giggles.

But beware this book may eat the children who gets creeped out so easily. Always grab the monster from under their beds and beat them senseless right in front of them.

Children need monsters and books that eat people in their lives. So grab this book But beware
Jaye
Feb 19, 2013 Jaye rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
This book is recommended for ages 3-7. I don't know who came up with that age range but I believe the range starts far too young.
I would never read this to a very young child.
I would hate to be responsible if the child should fear books, even for a short while.

However, any child who has seen the Harry Potter movies has already been exposed to the sight of a people eating/biting book.

I enjoyed the illustrations. A combination of things including collage, drawing, painting, etc.
I have to say my fa
...more
Zaz
Sep 09, 2016 Zaz rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books, horror
I should have expected something really scary, look at these eyes on the cover! This was a good horror picture book, with a book eating people (yes, the title gave a big hint). I found the story a little too much on the horror side for my tastes, so I wouldn't recommend it for little kids. I think it's probably better to burn the book when you finish it or something like that, I wouldn't be comfortable with this creature on my shelves. Otherwise, the art was really interesting with various style ...more
Mrs Bond
Jun 15, 2011 Mrs Bond rated it really liked it
Normally I talk about how I devoured a book, but this is a story about a book that eats people and other books. The text serves as a warning to all readers, especially those foolish enough to pick up a book without first washing off their snack. Illustrations are wild, depicting a ferocious and devious book on the hunt for his next meal.

A small issue with the text: at one point the author declares that this book was shelved between "The Complete Guide to Saints" and "Sandwiches Through the Ages.
...more
Karen
Jun 05, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom
Kids rated 4 stars, mom 1 star.
Kim
Dec 05, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing
One of my all-time favorites, and just a hilarious book with great timing, great art work. Not for kids who are easily scared, but definitely for kids who can see the humor in this sort of thing. My favorite story is reading the book's flap copy out loud in front of the author. I didn't know he was the author! Loved meeting him and his book is just a lot of fun.
Sierra
Nov 26, 2014 Sierra rated it really liked it
Caution: Keep book in safe secure area... or else you might be the next victim.
The book that eats people is all about exactly that, the book eating people. The book talks about the first victim and all the other victims after Sammy, the book goes on an adventure to many different places like a library and a zoo.

This book has interesting vocabulary and s such a different picture book that you have to read it. Definitely a twist to the regular happy ending picture books for children, very cool. A
...more
Kristin
Aug 11, 2014 Kristin rated it it was amazing
We originally got this book from the library, and I wasn't sure what the boys (4 and 2 at the time) would think - it's definitely a little gruesome ("his bones clattered across the floor like wooden blocks"), but both boys REVELED in the fine line between scary and silly that this book does so delightfully well. We ended up buying our own copy after renewing it twice, and it's still a favorite. It's very fun to read aloud, and the illustrations are great, which means I haven't gotten tired of it ...more
Megan
Nov 01, 2009 Megan rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, humor
For kids who have outgrown The Monster at the End of the Book.
Koorihime-sama
CHECKED OUT THE BOOK FROM MY PUBLIC LIBRARY.

APART OF THE GOODREADS 2011 READING CHALLENGE.

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5


One day Sammy Ruskin checks out this very same book, and he soon discovers that this book has an appetite for — people. GULP. Will this book ever stop eating people? And will you be next?

This book is actually very cute and funny. It is kind of nice turn of events by saying a book who has an appetite for people,
...more
Erica Fosmoe
Jun 16, 2015 Erica Fosmoe rated it it was ok
This book is recommended for an age group that my son falls in and described as having dark humor. My child has loved books with similar dark humor before and usually has thick skin, but he was terrified by this book. The concept is interesting, and I got a few chuckles out of some situations in the book .........but I feel some of the details are just way too scary for children under 6. Also, the collage art was just very busy. Please, read with caution.
Jadalynn
Sep 26, 2011 Jadalynn rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This is a picture book that eats people, for primary to intermediate readers. I’ll warn you, this book eats people, that’s all this book is about. It’s a bad book with teeth and claws, you should grind it page by page in your daddy’s coffee grinder. This book is one that will make anyone (myself included) pick it up off a shelf to read. It was the most requested book for me to read at summer camp. I read it two or three times a week. Children love to speculate over whether or not this book reall ...more
Jessica
Apr 18, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it
Warning: Kids will LOVE this book. I read this for a crowd of 60+ 2nd graders for a class visit, and it completely held their ?(rapt, might I add) attention. It's a wonderful book for a storytime or read-aloud and it's definitely best read aloud rather than independently. It's lists in kid-friendly gory detail all the things the book has done to its victims, and the squelchy noises it makes when it's hungry. I also loved how it says to always wash your hands before you read the book... since it ...more
Miss Ryoko
Oct 19, 2015 Miss Ryoko rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
When I saw this at the library, I knew it was for me. Look at that book's face on the cover! Hilarious!

This book didn't disappoint. The story itself is silly but it is the fantastic (and sometimes creepy) illustrations done by Mark Fearing (appropriately named? Haha!) that really made this book. The Book that eats people had so many great facial expressions! I couldn't get over it! I loved looking at all the little details of the illustrations. I also loved how the illustrations had a variety of
...more
Emyrose8
Jun 22, 2016 Emyrose8 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-to-buy
I love the illustrations in this thing... look at the book's face! How can you not love it? It would be a great read-aloud for older-ish kids. Since the majority of the plot/story centers on a book that eats people, it's quite possible that this story will terrify younger readers. Seriously. Don't read it to kids who scare easily. If they're not the faint of heart, read away!
Haylee
Mar 28, 2014 Haylee rated it liked it
Might make young children afraid to open books for fear that they will gobble them up. Perfect way to dissuade your youngins from having a passion for reading. lol On the other hand, great story for older kiddies to read to the littler ones. While they are reading, they can pretend the book is trying to eat them by snapping the book open and closed.
Susan
Sep 18, 2014 Susan added it
Shelves: for-the-boys
So clever! And appealing to children, who really do like their books a little bit on the gory side. (Spoiler alert: lots of people get eaten!) A very fun read, as long as your sensitive child isn't going to be afraid of books at the end. (This is totally something I would've had to worry about a few years ago.)
Stephanie Croaning
Dec 10, 2015 Stephanie Croaning rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, 2015
The creative illustrations by Mark Fearing, are what make this book and story so unique. Done in a collage-style, you get glimpses of everyone and everything that the book has eaten. The Book That Eats People offers a fun time for young children who are looking for a scary story.
Michelle
Jul 11, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing
A very "good" book about a bad book.It likes to eat people that smell like food.Kind of like -don't feed a pet when you've just handled food-it might bite you.If you like this book-read The Monster at The End of This Book. It has Sesame Street characters in it and goes well with this one.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 41 42 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • More Bears!
  • The Purple Kangaroo
  • Who Hops?
  • Itsy Mitsy Runs Away
  • Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to be Noticed
  • Jeremy Draws a Monster
  • Mostly Monsterly
  • Buddy and the Bunnies: In Don't Play with Your Food
  • Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn't Fit
  • The Belly Book
  • Spoon
  • Miss Brooks Loves Books! (And I Don't)
  • Read It, Don't Eat It!
  • Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly
  • A Book
  • Cat Secrets
  • Have I Got a Book for You!
  • No Bears
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.
More about John Perry...

Share This Book