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The Incredible Book Eating Boy

4.27  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,646 Ratings  ·  493 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, Pop-up Edition, 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...
Joana Esteves
Mar 10, 2016 Joana Esteves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca
Um livro com ilustrações maravilhosas e uma história muito engraçada!
Lisa Vegan
Dec 05, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jan 19, 2015 Darío rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¡Genial! :D
Ibran Khan
May 01, 2012 Ibran Khan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 02, 2016 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a funny story! I could see it being a great book to frame early independent reading conversations at the beginning of the school year.
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
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
Feb 13, 2014 Amy Reid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'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
Jan 13, 2014 Amy Higgs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 20, 2010 N_carlyl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
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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
May 04, 2012 Orla Byrne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 17, 2013 Duncan Mcleod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 20, 2013 Niamh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 31, 2014 Elly White rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
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.
Ross Oates
Oct 08, 2011 Ross Oates rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 08, 2011 Shanaz Begum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 20, 2016 Eris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Advertencia: por favor NO intente comerse el libro en casa.
Ben Perry
May 08, 2012 Ben Perry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 14, 2016 Cristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a. Summary: Henry was a young boy who randomly discovered he liked the taste of books. Within a month he was able to eat an entire book at once in front of a crowd. He ate all types of books but loved red books the most. Crazily, the more books he ate the smarter Henry was getting. Then things turned for the worst and he began to get sick every time he tried to eat another book. Then his brain was filled with too much information it began to get everything mixed up, so he wasn’t very smart anymo ...more
Maria Estrada
Feb 28, 2016 Maria Estrada rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Incredible Book Eating Boy" by Oliver Jeffers is about a little boy named Henry. He loved books but not only did he like reading them, he also enjoyed eating them. Yeah.. he likes EATING them! Really odd, but he began eating books by accident and the before you know it, he was eating several books because he enjoyed them and he found out that it was making him smarter. You will need to read to find out what happens to him when he eats books!

The illustrations in the book are so awesome! They
Hannah Moles
Feb 27, 2016 Hannah Moles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the book, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, by Oliver Jeffers, a boy named Henry loves books...but not how one might expect. Henry is a boy who loves to ingest books, especially red books. He does this one day by quite an accident and then he begins to realize that the more books he eats the smarter he gets. There comes a day that he realizes eating books isn't all that its made up to be and then it is his new mission to read books instead of eat them to learn by a short cut way. The illustrati ...more
Christa Parks
The first thing I noticed about this book was the bite mark taken out of the back cover. Then you read the title and realize it was probably the character that ate the book. Since he is a book eating boy. Once I took the dust jacket off I see that the cover on the book itself is not the same has the jacket. Instead the book has a string of books that stretch from the top to the bottom where they fall into his mouth. The back cover under the jacket also comes with a disclaimer to not try eating t ...more
Michael Mendoza
Sep 29, 2015 Michael Mendoza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit
I will say that this book took the metaphor of "devouring books" to a whole new level. the story itself was quite interesting but what shocked me the most was how the boo itself is set up. on some pages there are boarders and on others, the entire page is filled. But by filled there are times where it looks like the books that henry was reading were being shown on the pages that we were reading. It was very odd but very interesting. Not to mention that some parts of this book were "eaten" by Hen ...more
Hailey Indiere
Feb 15, 2015 Hailey Indiere rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 01, 2014 Sarah Ravel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 29, 2014 Jenna Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Oliver Jeffers' work takes many forms. His distinctive paintings have been exhibited in galleries worldwide, and HarperCollins UK and Penguin USA publish his award-winning picture books, now translated into over 30 languages.

In 2007, Jeffers was the official illustrator for World Book Day, and in 2008 Lost and Found became Oliver's first book to made into animation by London-based Studio AKA.

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