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."