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The Book That Eats People
by John Perry and Mark Fearing


Overview - WARNING THIS IS NOT A BEDTIME STORY
Legend has it there exists a book that eats people.
"This is that book
"
Many readers have been unable to escape its perilous pages.
But this isn't that book.
"Yes it is
"
This is simply a story about that book.
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More About The Book That Eats People by John Perry; Mark Fearing
 
 
 
Overview
WARNING THIS IS NOT A BEDTIME STORY
Legend has it there exists a book that eats people.
"This is that book
"
Many readers have been unable to escape its perilous pages.
But this isn't that book.
"Yes it is
"
This is simply a story about that book.
Really. I mean, how could a book "eat" people?
So if you're just dying to know the history of this literary monster, all you have to do is turn the page...
"Don't do it
"

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781582462684
  • ISBN-10: 1582462682
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press
  • Publish Date: August 2009
  • Page Count: 1
  • Reading Level: Ages 3-7


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 47.
  • Review Date: 2009-10-12
  • Reviewer: Staff

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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