One of the good things about having younglings is being exposed to things one might not ordinarily be exposed to such as: children’s books.
As the title suggests, it is about a boy who devours books. The more he eats, the cleverer he gets. Before long, he’s the cleverest person on the entire planet. Grown-ups included.
Things start to go a bit pear-shaped when he begins to get the information muddled up: 2 + 2 = elephant.
A team of doctors conclude that he must stop eating books. (No shit.) They don’t actually say what might happen to him. But I imagine at the bare minimum it would involve a severe case of constipation. (No shit – literally.)
One day, the IBEB, in a state of complete boredom, decides to pick up a book. But instead of eating it, he just reads it. And guess what? He loves it.
Not only is it a really original idea, it is also beautifully illustrated in Jeffers’ unique style.
My girls have all of his books bar one. All quirky, interesting stories, all exquisitely illustrated.
He isn’t just a children’s author/illustrator, but also an accomplished artist and sculptor.
So why am I telling you all of this? Well, have a look at his website. Even if you don’t have kids, it will make you happy.