International Rights

The Boy Who Ate the World

By: Don Gillmor
Illustrated by: Pierre Pratt
  • ISBN 9780439947381, Hardcover
  • 32 Pages | Ages 5 to 8
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.

Rights Sold

English (Asia) – Scholastic Asia, English (Australia) – Scholastic Australia, Chinese Simplified – Beijing Mediatime, French (N. Amer.) – Éditions Scholastic

Selling Points

• Don Gillmor’s stories for children are beautifully crafted, funny and whimsical, and touch on real life issues. • The bright colours, energy and gentle humour of Pierre Pratt’s art are the perfect complement to Gillmor’s quirky story.


  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2009