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  • Written by John Perry
    Illustrated by Mark Fearing
  • Format: Hardcover | ISBN: 9781582462684
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The Book That Eats People

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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!



This is a book that eats people.

If you hear growling while you're reading it, stop reading, close the cover, and put something heavy on top of it.

DO NOT let your little brother or sister read this book--especially when it's hungry.

You should always assume this book is hungry.


This is NOT a storybook.
It is NOT a book of rhymes.

It isn't a how-to book or a dictionary.

It's a book that eats people.
John Perry|Mark Fearing|Author Q&A

About John Perry

John Perry - The Book That Eats People
JOHN PERRY says The Book that Eats People wrote itself late one night while he was asleep. Since then, he has made it his mission to warn readers about it. John lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his family and a library full of dangerous books.

About Mark Fearing

Mark Fearing - The Book That Eats People
MARK FEARING has studied here and there, and worked there and here. He likes ice cream and he loves to draw. He lives outside of Portland, Oregon, with his family and shelves full of mostly well-behaved books.

Author Q&A

1. What are you reading now?
Dubliners, biographies of famous/important women written for children, books from The Chronicles of Narnia, books about plants and birds, stories by David Foster Wallace and Jim Harrison.

2. What are you working on now?
My responsibility is to destroy The Book That Eats People before it devours us all. So, obviously, instead, I’m working on a bunch of stories and characters all at once. Look for them to be finished simultaneously in about 2011, at which time I’ll probably vanish.

3. How do you cheer yourself up when you're feeling down?
It’s easy to feel happier when you have daughters to tickle and kiss. When they’re not around I like to play songs on guitar or piano.

4. What was the first book you can remember reading?
Giant John  

5. What’s your favorite snack food?
Imbroglios–a nasty little problem in every bite!



Review, Publishers Weekly:
"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....It's all irresistible. Read it. Carefully."

Review, School Library Journal:
"This hilariously dark story is illustrated with collage elements using Photoshop in a jazzy, jangly style that is part noir and part graphic novel. Big-eyed characters are stalked by a wonderfully sinister and pointy-toothed tome. Readers who love monsters and a good scare while still delighting in silly proceedings will definitely want to brave this tale."

Review, Kirkus Reviews:
"Perfect for sharing with susceptible younger sibs or as a gift item for frenemies."

Review, Journal of Children's Literature:
"The playful, sarcastic storyline will entertain intermediate readers, while its subversive nature coupled with the intertextual elements will capture their attention."

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