Excerpted from The Book That Eats People by John Perry. Copyright © 2009 by John Perry. Excerpted by permission of Tricycle Press, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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?
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."