Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

The Incredible Book Eating Boy


The Incredible Book Eating Boy. Oliver Jeffers; New York: Philomel Books, c2006.

Lexile Level: 470

Synopsis: Readers will delight in this story about Henry—a boy who eats books. At first, the more Henry devours, the smarter he becomes (which includes being smarter than his teacher).  But soon things go awry for Henry, who not only gets ill, but also starts mixing up everything he knows. Readers follow along as Henry learns that it’s better to read the book than it eat. . . at least most of the time. The storyline is enhanced by cartoon-like drawings, done in paint and pencils, which are showcased on artful backgrounds like book pages and graph paper.

Rationale for use in the classroom: great read-aloud;

Content area connections:  vocabulary enrichment (focusing on words that mean to eat); grammar (focusing on comparatives: smart/smarter/smartest, etc)

Possible areas of concern: when read independently, students might struggle with directionality; might cause students to try to eat books. 🙂


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This entry was posted on August 20, 2012 by in Picturebooks.

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