Skip to main content

Book Review: The Book That Eats People by John Perry

It's been a while since I reviewed a picture book. We honestly haven't been to the library as much this summer, and my daughter has been wanting to read more early readers. But we made it there last week, and I noticed The Book That Eats People by John Perry on display on top of a shelf. I pointed it out to my daughter, who is 5 1/2, and she flipped through it a bit and decided we should take it home.

Well, I have to admit this book is a bit more graphic and scary than I had expected from a picture book. But it's so much fun! It reminds me of one of my all-time favorite children's books, The Monster at the End of this Book by John Stone, but it's definitely for an older audience. The narrator continuously cautions the reader about the fact that this book eats people. It goes on to describe it eating a boy and a few other people. Just to give you an idea of the graphic nature of the book, here's an excerpt:
Sammy squirmed and wriggled. Sammy squealed and yelled. 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.
That's probably the worst passage from the book in terms of gore. I hadn't read it ahead of time (bad mommy) but luckily my daughter, although a bit shocked at first, seems to have liked the book overall and has asked me to read it several times now. My son, who generally is more scared of things like this, has read it a couple times too. I don't think he likes it quite as much as my daughter, though.

The illustrations by Mark Fearing are fun and cartoon-like, which helps make it more funny than scary. But the book in the illustrations does look pretty frightening with its big teeth. And the characters look very scared, especially when the book has grabbed hold of them. So this is certainly not for the faint of heart!

I'd recommend The Book That Eats People for those kids who like dark humor and will understand that this is a funny book, not a horror novel! It's fun to read aloud and will entertain the older crowd ~ I'd say elementary aged kids who aren't too sensitive to scary books. I have made sure the book stays in the hallway every night, just so we don't have the kids coming out of their rooms in fear that the book will eat them while they sleep!

My Rating: 4/5

I'm linking up to What My Child is Reading at Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns.

This review was written based on a copy of The Book That Eats People that I borrowed from the library.


  1. This sounds so cute! I get a scary book for my niece each year and the last two years they've wound up being her favorites. I was looking at the bookstore and didn't see anything at all! I was so disappointed but we are still a little ways from Halloween. I'll have to pick this one up and see what she says. It sounds super cute!

    Last one was I need my monster. So cute! And made monsters under the bed a funny, not too scary thing!

  2. You always find the best child books. I feel like my 5 year old will love it, Shrek was her favourite since 3 but she seems to be changing, almost as if being scared is what she is suppose to be instead of realising 'if it scares her' :-)


Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Popular posts from this blog

Getting back to blogging

It seems that blogging has dropped to the bottom of my list for the past year, and was pretty low for the year or two prior to that. I love to read, and am continuing to do so, but as my regular readers know I haven't been around much. My last blog post was almost a year ago!!

There are many things that have taken me away from blogging. Work has been much more challenging and interesting these past few years, but that means I really don't want to get back on the computer when I get home at night - or on the weekends.

Family life has been more busy with kids having multiple activities in the evenings, leaving little time to just hang out and write about the books that I read.

I will admit to a bit of a Facebook addiction, which means way too much time spent scrolling through my newsfeed instead of doing something more productive. This is one of the things I'm working on and hoping that this will free up some time for getting back to the blog.

Overall, life is good. Work is …

Book Review: The Bookman's Tale by Charlie Lovett

Peter Byerly is distraught over the loss of his wife nine months ago. He has retreated to their cottage in the English countryside, hoping to return to his love of collecting and restoring rare books. But when he opens a book about Shakespeare forgeries and finds a Victorian watercolor of a woman who looks just like his wife, Peter is soon on a search for the origin of the painting and the truth about Shakespeare's real identity.

The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovett is a wonderful journey for anyone who loves books. It follows Peter's search in 1995, which turns into a bit of a thriller at times. But Lovett also takes the reader back in time a bit so we can learn the story of his relationship with his wife and how he came to be a bookseller. He does a beautiful job of expressing Peter's feelings about the rare books he encounters, and his feelings are contagious.

And then he takes us back even further to the history of one particular volume, whos…

Book Review: The Secret Lake by Karen Inglis

When Stella and Tom move to a new home in London, they are sad to have left their friends behind. But soon they have a mystery to solve. Their neighbor's dog, Harry, keeps disappearing. Where is he going and why is he always wet when he comes home? As they investigate the area in the garden where Harry seems to come and go, they discover a hidden tunnel that takes them back to their garden ... almost 100 years ago.

The Secret Lake by Karen Inglis is a wonderful children's book that reminds me of the adventurous stories I read as a child. I saw other reviewers say something similar. I'm not sure what it is about the way the story is told, but it is reminiscent of children's books from many years ago, yet it will definitely appeal to the kids of today.

Stella and Tom have an adventure in the past that leads to new friends and discoveries. While it's a time travel story, it doesn't have a lot of fantasy elements (although there are some moles that act a bit unusua…