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The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
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Jul 15, 12

bookshelves: picture-books, favorite-picture-books, pb-library-words-books
Read on July 15, 2012

Oliver Jeffers is my new favorite picture book author/illustrator. His books are quirky but have a solid underlying story, which is something I think gets lost a lot in modern picture books. This particular book is the story of a boy who begins eating books. He finds himself getting smarter and smarter, so he eats more and more. Soon he begins to feel ill and get confused. So, instead of eating them, he starts to read them. I think it is great taken at face value, but also has an underlying message about pacing yourself, and learning in moderation. The illustrations, as always, are delightfully whimsical and have a lot of empty space. The backgrounds are a mash of realistic book pages and textured paper. This is a great selection for story-time or one on one reads. The style seems a little bit likeThe True Story of the Three Little Pigs

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