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Good but with one flaw,
This review is from: The Incredible Book Eating Boy (Paperback)
I saw this book recommended in a list of ten great children's books by someone in the Guardian. I liked the sound of it, so I bought it for my son's 4th birthday. It has been a great success so far -- I'm required to read it about twice a day and he laughs out loud at various points. There is plenty of humour in the details of the illustrations, and the story is a welcome antidote to some of the utterly wet children's books there are around.
So what's the flaw? Late on in the story, Henry, the boy of the title, picks up a half-eaten book and starts to read it. When he picks it up, it has a bite out of the corner at the top of the spine, but on the next page, after he has opened it, the bite has moved to the opposite top corner (so that after opening there are bits missing from two corners). In other words, there is a continuity error. I can't help feeling disappointed that after his great attention to detail Oliver Jeffers should have made an elementary mistake like that, and that his editor didn't pick him up on it. Obviously this is a minor matter compared with the merits of the book and its illustrations, but I can't help being bugged by it.
It doesn't stop me giving it five stars though. My son loves it and I enjoy reading it to him, which is more than I can say for a lot of modern children's books.