THE BOY WHO ATE AROUND by Henrick Drescher
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A young boy named Mo's profound reaction to a dinner of cheese soufflÉ and string beans: He turns into a ferocious monster and scarfs down his parents. Mo then proceeds to eat everything -- everything but the string beans and soufflÉ. He transforms himself into increasingly monstrous monsters as he eats his way through his home and neighborhood, his math teacher, his best friend, Theo, the White House, the country, the world, until he is left hanging from the moon, the plate of beans and soufflÉ in slow orbit, untouched. Then he is overcome with loneliness and regurgitates the whole shebang, whereupon his folks promise no more yucky dinners (smart move) and take him and Theo out for banana splits. Somehow Drescher (The Yellow Umbrella, 1987, etc.) manages to insinuate a vibrant geography lesson into the midst of this insane explosion of loopy illustrations and spinning words. But what is really at work here is humor pure and simple, an entertainment that vents the imagination wholesale. Dig in.

Pub Date: Oct. 21st, 1994
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Hyperion