Of course I had to read this book when I spotted it at the library. For more than 1 reason. First up it is Oliver Jeffers, and I just adore his books. Second I am a bookworm, and so I love stories about fellow bookworms, especially if they are a special kind of bookworm.
Because that is what our boy in this story is, a special kind of bookworm. You know how people often tell people who read a lot that they eat books, well this kid takes that literally and eats books. Not only his own books, but also library books, books he finds, well anything. And he also doesn’t shy away from any topic. I loved that part. That he wasn’t afraid to expand his tastes in books.
But of course, I could see what was going to happen coming. From far away. As soon as his hunger for books turned into a knowledge battle, I just knew this would end up badly. Of course I won’t tell you if it truly did turn badly, and what happened to the boy. But let me just tell you that I loved the ending and that it made me truly happy.
I also have to give bonus points to how the book was made, at the back (and in 2/3 pages) there is a bite mark, as if someone had nibbled a bit on the book, which fits perfectly with not only the book, but also with the ending.
The illustrations are just fabulous, I love the backgrounds and what kind of materials form the backgrounds at times. Definitely fits perfectly with the book. Then again, this is not the first time that Oliver Jeffers made a book that is not only a feast for the brain, but also for the eyes.
I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. The only reason I didn’t rate this book 5 stars was because of the whole knowledge and I am going to be the smartest person ever part.