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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  3,680 ratings  ·  419 reviews
Roll up, roll up! Meet the Incredible Book Eating Boy! See his fantastic feats leap off the page in this stunning pop-up edition.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by HarperCollins Children's Books (first published April 19th 2006)
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in the future this book will make sense to no one. it will have to be re-named the incredible kindle-eating boy. i wrote this review only to prove that even when i take a break from paper-writing to read a childrens book, i am still on-topic mentally. so give me an a please...
Lisa Vegan
Dec 05, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids with a sense of humor; kids who love books and kids who don’t love books
Oh, I just loved this, and its outlandish humor will, I think, appeal to most kids. I can see reading it with kids in all sorts of settings, and independent readers should enjoy perhaps it even more.

The humor is wonderful, all the way through, including the “eaten out” page corners of the last few pages and the back book cover. I also love it when children’s book authors use a childhood photo of themselves in the author bio section, and that’s the case for this book.

The illustrations were wonder
Ibran Khan
A very strange story to this book but kids like strange! I read this to a class of year 2's and they were engaged from the very start.
It's about a boy who one day decides to eat a book to become smarter. He starts of eating a word, a sentence and then a whole book. This part allowed me to ask questions on the elements/features of a sentence (Capital letters, full stop etc) to illicit the childrens knowledge.
The book itself has a moral, a very obvious one that is to NOT eat books to get smarter.
We had read this one before, but I just had to check it out and read it again with all that is going on with books these days. Here's a book that really should be banned (tongue-in-cheek). I can't believe anyone could condone eating books with all of the lead in books out there! ha!

This is a pretty funny book about a boy who likes to eat books. As he eats he gains knowledge but pretty soon he's eating too many and getting his facts mixed up. Finally, he picks one up to read instead of eat and fi
Henry loves books. Correction: Henry loves eating books. And doing so makes him smarter. He starts eating books at a scary rate and soon he feels ill and all of the information gets jumbled. He follows the advice of others and stops eating books but he feels sad...until he picks up a book and reads it.

I love Henry's story, the bookish illustrations and most of all the ending. Recommended for all bookworms and bookworms in training.
Adele Last
This is a story about a young boy who finds her can digest the information from a book more quickly if he eats the book rather than read it. The boy starts to eat books by the dozen and feels as if he is getting smarter and smarter. However, the young boy begins to encounter problems when he begins to lose the information he has eaten. The little boy begins to realise, with a little help from his parents, that it would be more beneficial to read the stories as this means he can enjoy them more a ...more
Amy Reid
'The story is about a boy who decides to eat books in order to become smarter. He starts eating a word, a sentence then a whole book. This creates opportunities to discuss elements and features of sentences to encourage children's thinking. The story carries a moral that patience is a virtue and that perserverance is key to success.

It would be most suited for KS1-lower KS2 which could be used during circle time to prompt a discussion about the importance of not rushing and that the easy route i
Amy Higgs
Henry, like most children his age, loves books. However, he doesn't read them- he eats them! The more books he eats, the more intelligent he gets..until one day the information he has eaten gets jumbled up inside and Henry can't answer anything in class!

This book is beautifully illustrated and is perfect for lower key stage 2 children. Oliver Jeffers makes reading funny and cool in this book.

The book carries a message about the importance of perseverance and I think it could be effectively use
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The incredible Book Eating Boy/ Oliver Jeffers/ 2007

Genre: Picture Book / Fiction

Format: Book

Summary: 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 ju
Orla Byrne
Written and beautifully illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, this is an extremely clever and engaging book to read to any class. I read this to a class of Year 1's and from the very beginning they absolutely loved it. Even the cover which features a corner that has been 'bitten off' ensures children are excited and engaged from the word 'go'. The book is about a boy named Henry who absent-mindedly begins to eat books and realises he is getting smarter with every word, every page and every book he eats ...more
Duncan Mcleod
This book is perfect for kids in Key Stage 1 or lower Key Stage 2. A boy develops a penchant for eating books instead of regular foods. He notices when he eats a book he digests the information contained within and soon becomes desperately smart - smarter even than his teachers!

However, as he eats more and more books he begins to get indigestion. Not in a normal way, of course, but by getting confused with all the information he has ingested. Soon he realises that he can ingest information by r
The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers is a very clever book, that has lessons hidden within it! Henry loves books, but not in the conventional way, Henry loves to eat books and when he eats them he absorbs the information in them and becomes more clever. Eventually he eats too many and gets sick, he also gets confused and doesn't know all the things he used to know. All the information got jumbled up. He then begins to read like one should with books and he realises he quite enjoys th ...more
Elly White
I love books that can be devoured, and the title of this one had me. It’s excellent to come across a story about the love of reading and how knowledge is power. The illustrations are creatively crafted and fill the whole page using papers, cardboard, drawing, maps and other things, the little bite mark on the last page is an added touch. It’s a short very enjoyable story, about learning, thinking and knowing.
Heather Colacurcio
Oliver Jeffers can do no wrong and this is another example. When a boy develops a taste for books, he begins to have some troubles. He might just need to start ingesting them instead of digesting! A silly story with beautiful, artistic illustrations created in part from old books. A true winner in the growing number of awesome efforts from this storyteller.
Ross Oates
The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers is a picture book about a boy called Henry who one day just took a bite of a book and liked it so much he started eating books. He found that the more he ate the smarter he got so he kept eating books. He became very smart at the start but after a while he started to get very sick. The knowledge he got from the books started to get all jumbled up and he started making mistakes. He eventually stopped eating books and started to read them.

This wonde
Kevin O'Driscoll
The Incredible Book Eating Boy is a humorous book which, I believe, is well suited to both KS1 and KS2. Henry is a boy who loves books, but not in a conventional way. He eats books for breakfast, lunch and dinner. He realises that the more books he eats, the smarter he gets. It gets to the point where he is eating four books in one go! However, he eats so many books that all the information in his head gets mixed up and he is struggles to answer even the easiest of questions. e.g. “2 + 3 = eleph ...more
Shanaz Begum
This is a book about a boy who loves to read books, he love books so much that he ends up eating one and another one and another to eating 5 books in one go. Better still, he realises that the more books he eats, the smarter he gets. The book itself is wonderful and the illustration.
This book is really different to all the other books I have read. It is a really nice touch how there a bite taken out the back page of the book. From the front page, you can tell the book is written in different fo
Ben Perry
This is a book written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. This book is about a boy named Henry who oddly begins to eat books. Doing so, he finds himself getting smarter with every word, page and book he eats. However the more he eats, the more he gets confused because he has consumed so much information. He then decides to read books instead.

This is a clever book because it encourages children to read books, and shows that learning can be a steady process and that you cannot consume everything
Hailey Indiere
The Incredible Book Eating Boy (2006) by Oliver Jeffers

Henry is no ordinary boy. He enjoys books much like other kids his age, but what he does with these books is what makes him so distinct. One day, by accident, Henry took a bite out of his book, and much to our surprise, he liked it. He started with a single word, then a sentence, then a whole page, and before he knew it Henry was eating three or four books at a time. When Henry first started eating the books he was becoming smarte
Sarah Ravel
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Oliver Jeffers picture book, The Incredible Book Eating Boy. The combination of a clever story with whimsical and imaginative illustrations and font make this book immensely satisfying to consume. The story follows Henry a young boy who enjoys eating books. The more he eats, the smarter he gets until he begins to eat so many that his brain and/or stomach can no longer digest all the information. The illustrations and font constantly reference books as each illustrati ...more
Jenna Smith
"The Incredible Book Eating Boy" is one clever story. Henry, a young boy, enjoys books a lot, but not the same way kids his age enjoy them - he likes to eat them! He first munched on a word, then chomped on sentences and eventually, gulped down whole entire books at a time. Henry eats these books because they make him smarter than anyone he knows until, all of a sudden, they make him sick. Slowly but surely, after lots of reflection, Henry learns to enjoy the journey of reading rather than swall ...more
Kassidy Pine
The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers tells the fascinating story of a young boy named Henry who accidentally eats a word one day from a book. He comes to find out that he thoroughly enjoys eating a large variety of books, from story books, to joke books, to his very favorite of all the red books. With every bite Henry acquires more knowledge which encourages him to eat more. Henry eats too many books causing him to become sick as well as confusing up all of the information he has gai ...more
Ben Clark
"The Incredible Book-Eating Boy" tells the story of Henry, a boy who loves to eat books. He starts out with words and pages, and quickly finds that "by the end of the month, he could eat a whole book in one go." He also discovers that ingesting books makes him smarter, and soon decides that he wants to become the smartest person on earth. I won't ruin what happens from here, but suffice it to say, by the end of the story Henry finds the value of reading books as well as eating them.

The endpaper
Danie Plott
“The Incredible Book Eating Boy” follows a young boy named Henry who has accidentally discovered that he can eat books. Not only do the books fill his stomach, but they also fill his mind as he eats them! He goes on eating more and more books and becoming smarter and smarter until something goes “very, very wrong”.

Oliver Jeffers’ artwork is a brilliant combination of mismatched media hodge-podged onto different canvases that make up each page. His characters are simple and bold and are painted
Charlotte Stevens
This is a humorous story about Henry, a little boy who loves books – but not as you would think! Henry loves to eat books, and what’s more, the more he eats the smarter he gets. The tale follows Henry as he scoffs his way through a library of texts with dreams of becoming the smartest boy in the world! However, he soon realises that a diet of books is probably not the healthiest of lifestyles.

I think that is book is brilliant. It’s fun for all ages, children and adults alike. The story itself of
Daniella Variale
The Incredible Book Eating Boy is a humorous story about reading and acquiring knowledge. Its themes teach children that there can be too much of a good thing and that it is good to set high goals, but it has to be achieved in a healthy way.
The illustrations in the story are diverse in its background and use of white space. Some backgrounds are made with notebook paper or graph paper, while others are pages from math books, newspapers, and dictionaries. These backgrounds creatively set the tone
Oliver Jeffers is quickly becoming a household favorite. His unusual story lines and his compelling illustrations make him so much fun to read! Not a lot of words, but still memorable enough to keep my children, both the 5 yr old and the preschoolers, asking for him over and over again. This one was adorable and we all loved how the back of the book looked like it had a bit taken out of it. What a creative author! Love this author and am looking forward to reading more of his work.
Syndi Flores
Have you ever heard of a boy who loves books so much that he eats them? No, well that's what this story is about. Henry is a young boy who slowly started to eat books. It started out with one word, one sentence, one page and then a whole book! The more books he ate, the more information he digested that went to his brain. He became smarter than his own teacher! He thought about becoming the world's smartest child. But like all things, too much of one thing can make you sick. The ending is one yo ...more
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Oliver Jeffers makes art.

From figurative painting and installation to illustration and picture-book making, his work has been exhibited in New York, Dublin, London, Sydney, Washington DC, Belfast and elsewhere.
A co-founder of the art collective OAR, their exhibitions include 9 days in Belfast, book and the award winning BUILDING.
Illustration clients include Orange UK, Lavazza, Sony PSP, RCA Recor
More about Oliver Jeffers...
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