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

it was amazing
bookshelves: picture-books
Read in September, 2012

"Henry loved books. But not like you and I love books, no. Not quite..."

And so begins a story about a boy who loves books so much, he eats them. He loves them all, but especially red ones. The more he eats, the smarter he gets, spewing out mathematical equations and geographical features and upstaging his teacher. But he consumes books at such an alarming rate, we begin to can this be good for him? He starts to turn a bit green.

Can he find a balance between loving books so much he wants to ingest them and loving them just enough to get all the information into his brain instead of his stomach?

The illustrations are a brilliant complement to the book's concept: richly layered collage in a scrapbook style puts different types of pages and fonts all around Henry. The whole book is created with books.

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