The Book That Eats People got called out in The Oregonian on Sunday.
Read it here – Review by Helen Babbit, or see below.
Here are three children’s books that come with teeth, lots of teeth. The first is “The Book That Eats People,” written by John Perry and illustrated by Mark Fearing, who lives near Portland. The book comes with a warning: “This is not a bedtime story!” It tells the story of a people-eating book while actually being that book.
The book’s victims include poor Sammy Ruskin, who tasted of peanut butter, and Victoria, who was gobbled up beginning with her pink toenails and ending with the question, “Have you ever heard a book burp?”
Fearing’s illustrations incorporate collage, seasoning the book with depth, humor and vibrancy. Perhaps it is time for a book with teeth, considering the millions of books that have been devoured by readers.
- The Oregonian – 11-1-2009