The Books

The Boy Who Ate Words

by Thierry Dedieu

One Potato Review

A challenging book. The boy of the title 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?