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this week's library book

Such a jewel this week. I went to the library for something else, and making my way through the J's stumbled upon The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers. A good cover will usually catch my eye, and the hand lettering on this one is lovely.

Henry loves to eat books. First one page at a time, then entire books in one go. And the more he eats, the smarter he gets. 

If he reads a book about rockets, he can remember every detail. Soon he is the smartest kid in his class, and is explaining things to his teacher.

When he starts eating too many books too fast, the contents start to get all mixed up. When he tries to remember something, all that comes out is confused mumbles.

So he has to give up eating books, but he starts reading them instead.. and gets smart the old fashioned way. (Although there is a nice size bite out of the back cover.. he must nibble now and then.)

I'm a lover of paper. Striped, gridded, lined, bright white, old and faded.. I love it all. What really makes me love this book is how Jeffers uses different kinds of paper as the backgrounds for his illustrations. And he leaves it messy, with the 3 ring holes intact or the torn edges showing. It's such a special little treat.

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Isn't the book fabulous? I read it my kids school last year for "Read Across America" and I still get kids reminding me about the book and asking if I will read it agin this read. Mr Jeffers has other great books too.

02.10.2009 | Unregistered Commenternicole

I got this book for my son's birth- it is indeed a beautiful creation. Check out his other creations!

02.10.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittle b

My all-time favorite. I just bought a bunch at bookcloseouts.com - if they are out, I'll be happy to mail you one ;)

02.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

This is our FAV children's book---love it!

02.16.2009 | Unregistered CommenterArian

we love this book too! the illustrative style is brilliant. I love reading it as much as my little ones do :)

p.s. I'm new to your site & *loving * it!

02.17.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

We love Oliver Jeffers! My 4 year old and 6 year old LOVE this book. It was so fun to see their reaction when we got to the end of the book - hee,hee,hee! Thanks!

02.21.2009 | Unregistered CommenterRoxaneM

i love his books and this is a favourite in our house.

you have a beautiful blog.

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I cannot wait to go check this out. we will certainly love it . . especially ruth, who loves any story about anyone eating something unexpected.

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