The Boy Who Ate the World: And the Girl Who Saved It

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Scholastic Canada, 2008 - Earth (Planet) - 28 pages
Herman Oof is a giant. Sarah is a girl. Herman needs 140 hamburgers and 200 glasses of milk for a snack. Sarah does not. Herman takes to swallowing up entire cities and continents and drinking up lakes and oceans. Sarah is not amused. Herman has eaten her dog.

When the island of Japan is all that's left of the world, Herman confesses that he might burst if he eats another bite.

"You'd burst?" Sarah asks

"Absolutely." Herman replies.

An idea is born. Sarah realizes that it just might be possible to restore the world with a loud WHOOSH and only a few teeth marks as proof of what might have been. Pierre Pratt's inventive illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to this entertaining warning about the dangers of global over-consumption.


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About the author (2008)

Don Gillmor is the author of six popular award-winning children's picture books, including the Governor General Award winner Yuck, a Love Story and The Fabulous Song, winner of the Mr. Christie's Book Award. He has worked with illustrator Michael Martchenko to create the loveable Sophie and the Sea Monster, an OLA Best Bet, and collaborated with Pierre Pratt for The Boy Who Ate the World (and the girl who saved it). Don's stories are beautifully crafted, funny, whimsical, and touch on real childhood issues. Don initially wrote as a journalist and then later began writing children's books. He has written for many magazines including Rolling Stone, GQ, and Premiere. His articles have earned him six National Magazine Awards.

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