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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582462682
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582462684
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

From the grim warning on the first page (CAUTION! This is a book that eats people) to the advice at the end (Never read this book with syrupy fingers. Never read it with cookies in your pocket. Never turn your back on it), Perry's debut soldiers on with a Lemony Snicket–like straight face. The histories of the book's previous victims are given in gory detail (Sammy pulled as hard as he could, but the book ate him. Then it coughed up his bones and they clattered across the floor like wooden blocks). Fearing draws the book-within-a-book with blood-red covers, heavy-lidded eyes and a mouthful of fangs, packing his collage spreads with torn and crumpled papers (which take on an especially gruesome vibe in this context). Perry also covers the book's perverse appetites (if you hear a sound like an octopus in a tub of yogurt, that's the book's empty stomach), tactics (it traded covers with a book called All About Dolphins, to the delight of one young Victoria Glassford) and eventual (if ineffectual) incarceration. It's all irresistible. Read it. Carefully. All ages. (Oct.)
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Review, Publishers Weekly:
"From the grim warning on the first page ('CAUTION! This is a book that eats people') to the advice at the end ('Never read this book with syrupy fingers. Never read it with cookies in your pocket. Never turn your back on it'), Perry's debut soldiers on with a Lemony Snicket–like straight face....It's all irresistible. Read it. Carefully."

Review, School Library Journal:
"This hilariously dark story is illustrated with collage elements using Photoshop in a jazzy, jangly style that is part noir and part graphic novel. Big-eyed characters are stalked by a wonderfully sinister and pointy-toothed tome. Readers who love monsters and a good scare while still delighting in silly proceedings will definitely want to brave this tale."

Review, Kirkus Reviews:
"Perfect for sharing with susceptible younger sibs or as a gift item for frenemies."

Review, Journal of Children's Literature:
"The playful, sarcastic storyline will entertain intermediate readers, while its subversive nature coupled with the intertextual elements will capture their attention."

Customer Reviews

Any 4-7 year old boy would love this book.
D1dergal
I would highly recommend this book to people of all ages ... not just kids!
Mark
I laughed aloud several times when reading this book.
Sprocketgrrl

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sprocketgrrl on August 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I laughed aloud several times when reading this book. As the previous reviewer indicated, this book indeed references death--specifically, death by ravenous book. However, if I had children, I would have no problem giving them this book to read (though I would caution them if they hear the book's tummy rumbling).

I should also note that the illustrations are absolutely fantastic, and worth looking at closely because the page designs have lots of subtle jokes in them.

Definitely buy this book!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By www.firrkids.com on August 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a very different sort of book. A mean, nasty, no-good people eating type. Honest. This book eats humans, and is not particular about its diet. It likes children, librarians and security guards - people of all sizes and nationality.

You will need to be very cautious with this book. Oh, you'll want to read it. You be intrigued once you see those slanty eyes and that crooked mouth, not to mention the police tape of a title! And gosh, this book surely wouldn't eat YOU, would it? Well, it might. But you can move pretty fast if you need to, right? So go ahead, ignore the beware stamp and crack open that shiny red cover.

First of all, this book is always hungry. If books had tummies, this one would be growling. Sammy Ruskin from Arkansas made the fatal error of touching this book with fresh peanut butter on his fingers. He's a goner. And it attacked sweet Victoria Glassford, the girl with eyes as round as marbles, whose hair gleamed like butter. If this book could attack a doll like that, you better believe it would eat YOU right up!

This is a bad book with teeth and claws, always hungry for the human touch. Worst of all, it has a way of being engaging and clever that makes humans hungry for it! Best be extra careful and steer clear of this fabulous read. Don't be swayed by the bright illustrations and funny text. Be safe and pick up a boring book about fairies and bunnies instead, not this tantalizing, toothed tale.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brian A. Schar VINE VOICE on August 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Book that Eats People didn't eat me. Perhaps I'm too old and tough. But it didn't eat my daughter either, so it must be full. For now. This is a fun and different book, with colorful and detailed illustrations and well-thought-out text. It was suitable for our 2 year old, who likes it, and I would think older children would enjoy it even more. Well worth a purchase!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By akbuck on November 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am often asked to come into classrooms and read books to the 1st and 2nd graders, and this book has been the class favorite throughout the entire school. Our librarian said she can't keep a copy longer than an hour or two because there are too many kids on the reserve list. Even the 6th graders want to see the book for the illustrations. Funny, funny, funny. One of the best children's books I've ever read.

Tony B.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Schar on August 14, 2009
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I bought this book for my 2-year-old and we both love it. I'm a little tired of books reminding me to wash my hands and be nice. This was fun and we had a good time reading it. Come to think of it, this book does make you want to wash your hands... I highly recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Frederick L. Marfell on August 19, 2009
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A funny book with lavish color illustrations ! A different book tale ! Now if only all my Shakespeare plays and books piled on top of that red sinister cover can keep it away ! Heeelllpp !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Senik on November 23, 2009
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I purchased The Book That Eats People for my four year old son. Wisely he first approached the book with wariness. "It's a monster!" he exclaimed upon seeing the cover. But four year old boys love monsters. He often asks for "the story that eats you" or will climb into bed with me first thing in the morning, book in hand, impishly saying "let's eat people!" I think Mr. Perry may be a bad influence on my impressionable young lad, but he loves it. Being a very visual child, he adores the illustrations and every reading of the book includes spending time on each page pointing out the wonderful details contained in each picture. Any page that features the book looking particularly menacing elicits many giggles and exclamations of "It's gonna get me! It's gonna eat us!" I'm all for happiness and light and the tenderness in many children's books, but it does get treacly and tiresome. It's delightful to have such a smart, clever diversion. And yes, The Book That Eats People is indeed delightful. Highly, highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dana on December 17, 2010
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My daughter, a little over 2 1/2, got this book for Hanukkah this year at our annual family party. It was the first present she opened, and while sitting in a mound of other presents wanted me to read it to her until the end. I found it a little scary, albeit hysterical, and offered to stop reading it several times; she insisted we finish it and then opened the rest of her presents. Later on she said "that book eats people, I don't like it," and the following morning she refused to go into the living room to play with her other toys because she knew the Book that Eats People was in there. Since then she had talked about the book nonstop and how she doesn't like that book, and we have had to explain repeatedly to her that "books don't eat people, that's why it's funny, and in any case, the book is GONE." She sleeps with Wild Things, loves "scary stories," and is reading chapter books with us, but this book completely freaked her out in a way I've never seen. The book is funny, and obviously effective in its message and pictures. I just wanted to offer a word of caution that this might not be for the under-3 set.
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