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The Incredible Book Eating Boy

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4.29  ·  Rating details ·  6,164 ratings  ·  677 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Philomel Books (first published April 19th 2006)
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karen
Mar 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
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...
Suzanne
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of course I’ve heard of this author, so I grabbed it straight away from work. Brand new!

A funny little boy gets greedy. Greedy for books. To eat! This is all well and good, he could even become the smartest boy in the world! But this glutenous book eating, which started with a sentence - page - chapter - then gulp - A WHOLE BOOK! - made him quick green with sickness.

Then it turns out it may be slower, but he could still be the smartest boy in the world. Now he loves to read, isn’t sick, and is
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Laura
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, I loved the funny storyline and I really LOVED the illustrations! I think Oliver Jeffers is fast becoming one of my favourite writers for children storybooks.

This story is about Henry who really, really, really enjoys ALL sorts of books...But...he enjoys the books a little different from you and I. In fact he EATS any sort of book he can find, especially the red ones! This allows his brain to do the most interesting thing, it internalises all the info out of each book until...
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Kelli
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I believe the last picture book I reviewed was A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and here I am with his earlier gem. I love the illustrations and the use of book pages in the backgrounds. I love the bite taken out of the back cover and the disclaimer advising against eating the book. I love that the boy becomes the incredible broccoli eating boy in the end. But mostly I just love a book for children that celebrates reading. This book does that in a clever, catchy way. 4.5 stars
Lisa Vegan
Jan 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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Dianna
Dec 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The three-year-old ADORED this book, then went and took a bite out of another library book. Sigh.
J & J
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I like the drawings and the layout of this book but the story lacks depth and ends oddly.
Hannah Higson
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks, ks1, ks2, humour
This is a really good book to engage children with a love for reading.
It is about a boy who loves to eat books. Everytime he eats a book he gets smarter and smarter. However, not after long this boy starts getting all the information in his head confused. Henry learns that you can get information from reading books and also love the process.
Tia
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I confess, I have an artistic crush on Oliver Jeffers! I'm falling in love with his work. Who does Oliver Jeffers write and illustrate for? My almost-4-year-old loves him, but so do I. At this point, I'm not sure which one of us I keep ordering his books for. I want to keep them in my office/library, but I've been reluctantly keeping them in my son's room so they're handy for bedtime.

This book is enchanting, humorous, and gorgeously illustrated. There is even a "bite" taken out of the last page
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Jaksen
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
OMG Loved This Book!

I read a review by a friend and said I got to read that. Got a library copy and read it to myself. Read it to my four-year old grandson, who though he can't read yet, loved it. My eight-year old grandson laughed out loud at it.

A story about a boy who eats books. (Both boys loved the part where the boy 'throws up' in a real toilet cuz he gets sick eating books.) It's just so zany - there's a word I seldom used - and 'cuckoo for cocoa puffs' silly that I'm going to buy a copy
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Darío
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¡Genial! :D
Dan
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
Erin Murray
I thoroughly loved how in Henry's lowest overall point of the book where he stops eating them, he discovers a love for reading! The unconventional idea of a 'book eating boy' could definitely appeal to children as it's such an absurd idea to them. I've read it to my cousins before and they absolutely love it! The illustrations throughout are FANTASTIC and anyone can admire them. The added touch on the back of the corner chewed off is just a little extra but children LOVE noticing it!
Bayan Ashoor
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book encourage children to read in a cleaver and lovely way. I enjoyed it .
شغاف القلب
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So beautiful. The lovely bite at the end. The drawings and the laughter. Really recommended.
Fiona Hill
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ks1, picturebooks, ks2
I absolutely loved the rustic, unique and almost tea-stained illustrations. What a great book to inspire children to read for pleasure. It also encourages children to take their time, enjoy the book, and to really appreciate all the words and illustrations when they read. I loved the hidden surprise at the end, and I’m sure children would too!
Mehsi
Read this book in Dutch, but will be writing my review in English.

Of course I had to read this book when I spotted it at the library. For more than 1 reason. First up it is Oliver Jeffers, and I just adore his books. Second I am a bookworm, and so I love stories about fellow bookworms, especially if they are a special kind of bookworm.

Because that is what our boy in this story is, a special kind of bookworm. You know how people often tell people who read a lot that they eat books, well this kid
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Ibran Khan
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
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Cindi
Jan 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
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Amy Reid
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
'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
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Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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.
Carrie
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: silly-words, funny, sounds
Fun to read out loud, and the kids love the silly concept, as well as the (view spoiler) at the end. Not a book I'm crazy about, personally, but it works for even older elementary school students, so it's good to have on hand.
Dipali
I bought this for my 4 year old cousin who loves reading. I think he'll love it as much as I do. Consider me a fan of Oliver Jeffers' illustrations!
Bianey OYOS
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Incredible Book Eating Boy is a fun and silly story about young boy name Henry who loved books. He literary loves books that he gulps one right after the other. His hunger for all types of books grows as he realizes that with each book he is getting smarter and smarter until one day the incredible happens and Henry is left without any other option but to change his book eating habits.

This is book is an easy read that will keep all readers engaged from beginning to end. One of the most fasci
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Ben Cooke
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
The passion Henry has for eating books will be very comical for children, who will enjoy reading something completely bonkers. This picture book uses Henry's story to promote reading for pleasure, stating that he could still become the smartest person on Earth. I also really enjoyed the design features of the book, for example using the print of old texts as the background to the story, and demonstrating Henry's hunger with a bite mark shaped tear at the end of the book. I could easily see this ...more
Sadia Mansoor
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, favorites
A.M.A.Z.I.N.G Book!!!! I just loved it.. It's for all you readers out there! Only a reader can understand the condition of this boy ^_^

You guys have to read this.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uxrux...
Jenni McReddie
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ks1, funny, reading
Amazing illustrations throughout make it very enjoyable to read, despite age. Entertaining and will draw in young readers/
Virginia_E1
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this short picture book, a boy loved to eat books. The more he ate, the smarter he got. But one day, he became really ill and had to stop. The knowledge he had in his head was all mixed up and he couldn't even talk normally.
Esperanza
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is about Henry, a little boy, who eats books. By eating the books, he gains all the knowledge that was contained in them and he becomes incredibly smart. I have mixed feelings about this book because it is cool that the books give him knowledge, but it’s weird that he eats them and it is very unrealistic.

This story is told in the third person limited point of view, only the thoughts of Henry are told. By using this point of view, the reader is focused only on Henry, so we get to learn
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Gabriella
Another outstanding book from Jeffers. I think children will look this book and find it very funny. I think it may even inspire some children to read. I would highly recommend this book to children and would be great to have in the classroom
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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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