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The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
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May 04, 2012

it was amazing

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. However, he soon becomes muddled and confused and starts to feel ill as he has consumed too much information. Instead he decides to try reading the books instead.

This is a nice book about books and could be used to encourage children to read and to show that learning is all about the journey; that just being clever isn't the most important thing. The book is extremely funny and children were quick to point out the small pictures and annotations which are seemingly doodled in the margins of some pages. If all else fails, pictures of a cat going to the toilet and of Henry vomiting in a toilet seemed to be particularly amusing to children.
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