Jeffers, O. (2006). The Incredible Book Eating Boy. New York: Philomel Books.
This book gives a new meaning to devouring a book. Henry starts slow, tasting a word, then a sentence, a book and then many books. As he eats book after book, sometimes several books at a time, he begins to have dreams of becoming the smartest person on Earth. A dream he may have to set aside, when his stomach becomes upset from too many books.
With different fonts, illustration styles and even a bite taken out of the bottom corner, the appearance of each page and the book as a whole is half the fun of reading this book.
This is an excellent book with a fun twist to show the power and enjoyment of reading.
While this book could be used as a read aloud, since the details, images and book pages incorporated into the background of this book, it may be better as a one-on-one read so that a child can take time with the illustrations.
While I wouldn't recommend encouraging students to eat paper or book pages after reading this book, a teacher could still bring in candy that is rapped in edible paper, maybe even have students write a favorite word or wish on the paper before they eat them. Just a thought.
Quotes of Note:
"Henry loved books. But not like you and I love books, no. Not quite...Henry loved to EAT books."
"He wasn't sure at first, and tried eating a single world, just to test. Next, he tried a whole sentence and then the whole page."
"But here is the best bit: The more he ate, the smarter he got."