In one of our recent book discussions, several of you sent kind emails and encouraged me to pick up one of Oliver Jeffers’ books. So I did. I ordered The Incredible Book-Eating Boy and am happy to report it is one of the very favorite selections during bedtime stories.

The story is so clever. Henry discovers he likes to eat books. He devours them whole and all the information in the books is absorbed by his brain. But he starts to eat books so fast and so often that his body can’t absorb all that info and things start to go haywire.

Even if I didn’t like the story (which I do!), I would want this book for the illustrations. They are wonderful. Lots of details and texture and mixed media. Very cool. Makes me want to collect all of Mr. Jeffers’ books.