Henrik Drescher The Boy Who Ate Around

ISBN 13: 9780786811281

The Boy Who Ate Around

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9780786811281: The Boy Who Ate Around

Mo, a little boy who doesn't want to eat his dinner, turns himself into a series of ever-expanding monsters that eat virtually everything except stringbeans and cheese souffle, including math teachers and entire countries

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A fantasy as delicious as it is malicious introduces raving and ravenous eaters, to wit, the tentacled "bug-eyed slime slusher" and "fire-breathing tyrannosaurus rat." (Rest assured that these creatures look even weirder than their names suggest.) Served a dinner of string beans and cheese souffle, a boy named Mo sees instead a bowl of worms topped with a googly-eyed bullfrog head. Thoroughly dismayed, Mo metamorphoses into a "ferocious green warthog monster" and "eats around" the disgusting dish-i.e., devours everything else. After gobbling up parents and house, Mo-monster No. 1 removes his own head, and out of his body steps a larger "pink-eyed alligator chirper" who chows upon Mo's hometown. Subsequent entities munch the White House, the U.S. and finally the earth; collage elements including tiny buildings and exotic postage stamps indicate cities and towns. Only Mo's grotesque souffle remains untouched. Drescher (Pat the Beastie) draws with a delicate hand, yet his near-omnivorous creations are anything but subtle, and Mo himself has the limp appearance of a ventriloquist's dummy. In balance, however, this gleefully weird picture book finds the redemptive comedy in an all-too-familiar dinner-table disaster. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 1-3-Confronted with an unappetizing plate of lizard guts and bullfrog heads (actually, string beans and cheese souffle), Mo decides to eat around it. Changing into a series of increasingly horrible monsters, he devours his parents, house, community, country and, finally, planet-then, after passing some time (and gas) in space, he changes back to a boy and pours it all back out. His parents, gratifyingly, banish string beans and cheese souffles from the family menu, and take Mo and his best friend downtown for banana splits. Lines of text undulate through wild swirls of large-scale gourmandizing as continents; cities; and misshapen, puppetlike animals and people vanish down Mo's maw. Drescher suspends his rubbery monsters painted in garish, high-energy colors over plain white backgrounds for a busy but somehow uncluttered effect. Occasional international postage stamps link interior spreads to the endpapers-a collage of stamps, photos, rough drafts of the text, color samples, and preliminary sketches that provides an intriguing glimpse into the book's creation. Dish this out to fussy or unfussy eaters, and watch them gobble it up.
John Peters, New York Public Library
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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