This copy of The Boy Who Ate Words by Thierry Dedieu is an oversized HB with a DJ. It measures 9 3/8 inches X 13 1/4 inches. It was published by Harry N. Abrams in 1997. Condition: Very Good/Good--pages show slight handling; no markings; binding tight; covers in nice shape, but top corner of front cover has been lightly bumped; DJ has a little rumpling along the top edge; DJ has a 1-inch tear near the spine; DJ is not clipped.
From School Library Journal
Grade 3 Up. This curious tale presented in an oversized picture-book format provides a sensory experience that is as jarring as the world view of the child it describes. Large, graphic-cartoon illustrations in bold primary colors have the flat appearance of tempera paintings whose irregular edges and white borders make them look like block prints. Echoing the disjointed thoughts of the text, they tell the story of a boy whose hunger for language causes him to devour words. His mind is so flooded with ideas and questions that his speech is incoherent; in frustration, he stops using "human" words and learns to communicate with other things, both living and inanimate, by watching for signals, listening carefully, and using body language. After learning that there is nothing physically wrong with him, his worried parents decide to send the boy to a "home" with other children just like him. He finally feels comfortable and even begins to relate to a young girl who "listens" to his special silent language and answers him in kind. Details of the boy's communication with and unusual reaction to animals, flowers, and objects might be describing the thoughts and actions of an autistic child. Youngsters who are old enough to understand that some people are "different" can learn compassion for their special ways of relating to the world from this odd tale.? Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
Here is a customer review about this book:
A challenging book. The boy of the tile may be autistic, or he may be a construct, but the author has accomplished something rare in either case: he's made him sympathetic. And hopeful and heartbreaking. And unforgettable. Older readers might have an easier time following this, but the concept is pretty universal. Because which of us - young or old - hasn't at times felt completely overwhelmed by the power of words?
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