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The book that eats people, by John Perry ; illustrations by Mark Fearing

Label
The book that eats people
Title
The book that eats people
Statement of responsibility
by John Perry ; illustrations by Mark Fearing
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The reader is warned to be careful around this book, which has already eaten several people and is always hungry
Tone
Writing style
Illustration
Award
North Carolina Children's Book Award, Picture Books category, 2012.
Review
  • PreS-Gr 3— In this tale of tongue-in-cheek terror, a breathless narrator warns readers about a book gone rogue. Beginning with a peanut-butter-fingered child who pages through it and is gobbled up, the book leaves a trail of bones, chewed pages, and missing children and grown-ups as it takes advantage of its prey's cluelessness. Finally caught by police after someone sees it in action, the jailed book is transferred to the zoo. But readers are holding the very book and are warned at the conclusion, "…this book is always hungry. And it eats people." 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.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI --Marge Loch-Wouters (Reviewed November 1, 2009) (School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 11, p86)
  • 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.) --Staff (Reviewed October 12, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 41, p47)
  • In the fine old tradition of Jon Stone's The Monster at the End of This Book, illustrated by Mike Smollin (1971), and like cautionary exercises, Perry provides thrillingly urgent warnings to steer clear of this volume—or at least not to read it while smelling of peanut butter or other foods. Clever enough to hide behind enticing dust jackets (All About Dolphins, anyone?) and having cannibalistic tendencies along with a particular taste for unwary children, the volume can lurk in libraries, boxes of literary rejects put out with household trash and any number of other seemingly innocuous locales—so watch out! Fearing's Photoshopped collages and cartoon illustrations have a suitably menacing aspect, featuring plenty of crumpled or shredded paper, pop-eyed victims and, on many spreads, a toothy maw and glaring eyes. A Roy Lichtenstein–esque spread that finds the book captured, jailed and chained after eating a fellow prisoner, "who deserved it," is particularly inspired. Perfect for sharing with susceptible younger sibs or as a gift item for frenemies. (Picture book. 6-8) (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2009)
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Cataloging source
DLC
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1967-
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Perry, John
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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Fearing, Mark
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Target audience
primary
Label
The book that eats people, by John Perry ; illustrations by Mark Fearing
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
29 cm.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9781582462684
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2008042393
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)262143094
Label
The book that eats people, by John Perry ; illustrations by Mark Fearing
Publication
Dimensions
29 cm.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9781582462684
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2008042393
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)262143094

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