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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 170L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; First Edition edition (August 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596436069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596436060
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 4 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Product Description
Playful and lighthearted with a subversive twist that is signature Lane Smith, It’s a Book is a delightful manifesto on behalf of print in the digital age. This satisfying, perfectly executed picture book has something to say to readers of all stripes and all ages.

A Look Inside It's a Book
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How do you scroll down? Does it need a password?
Shh… I’m reading I’ll charge it up when I’m done

From School Library Journal

Gr 3-5–Smith jump-starts the action on the title page where readers meet the characters–a mouse, a jackass, and a monkey. The monkey's oval head creates an “o” in the word “book.” Slapstick humor ensues in an armchair face-off when one character, reared on a diet of Web 2.0 and gaming, cannot fathom what to do with a book and slings a barrage of annoying questions, “Can you blog with it? How do you scroll down? Can you make the characters fight?” Readers know who is speaking by each animal's unique font type and color, achieving economy and elegance on each page. Exasperated, Monkey hands over the volume. Life, death, and madness, all in a single illustrated page of Treasure Island, draw Jackass in. He responds with a knee-jerk reaction (“too many letters”) and hilariously reduces it to text speak, but his interest is piqued. He covets the book and readers watch him pore over it for hours. Repeated images of him transfixed, shifting left to right, up and down, ears upright, then splayed, and eyes wide open, fill a wordless spread and offer a priceless visual testimony to the focused interaction between readers' imaginations and a narrative. Mouse delivers the final punch line, which will lead to a fit of naughty but well-deserved laughter, and shouts of “Encore.” A clever choice for readers, young and old, who love a good joke and admire the picture book's ability to embody in 32 stills the action of the cinema.Sara Lissa Paulson, American Sign Language and English Lower School PS 347, New York City
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Lane Smith is the author and/or illustrator of several award-winning books for children. He is a two-time winner of the Caldecott Honor for Grandpa Green (2012) and The Stinky Cheese Man (1993). Four of his books have won the New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award and several of his books, including It's a Book, John, Paul George & Ben and Madam President have been New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestsellers. Mr. Smith has illustrated works by the likes of Bob Shea, Roald Dahl, Dr. Seuss, George Saunders, Judith Viorst, Florence Parry Heide, Jack Prelutsky and Eve Merriam. Some of his most popular books are with frequent collaborator, Jon Scieszka. Mr. Smith lives in Connecticut with his wife Molly Leach, an award-winning graphic designer.
www.lanesmithbooks.com

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Both children and adults will like this book.
Cheryl Koch
The pictures can hold her attention though, especially the little mouse hiding under the monkey's hat.
J. GARRATT
If there is one thing I do have an issue with is the term "jackass" used in the book.
jackie

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Bibliomnomnom on May 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a librarian and education student I can tell you that blogs are NOT just for adults. Have you been in schools recently? Even elementary schools have students creating and adding to blogs. They are simple and easy to make and run, hardly the sole realm of adults. Any child in elementary school - who does not have parents specifically keeping them away from technology (if you are doing this, you have no right to comment on here saying "My child doesn't know what any of that is!") knows exactly what is being talked about in this book and would find it funny.

I also find it sad that so many are complaining about the word "jackass". A jackass is a male donkey - it's an animal. Use your dictionaries. It is yet another word that will simply make children giggle, they don't have any negative connotations associated with it. To them it is just going to be the animal on the page.

I think this is a fabulous book completely appropriate for elementary school. So many children spend all their free time on computers, watching TV, listening to iPods and such that I've seen children come into the library and not even know there are different kinds of books. This one is a great introduction to books, and will certainly draw them in.
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76 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Stewart VINE VOICE on July 11, 2010
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As a picture book for grown ups, It's a Book is clever and well illustrated, easily a 4/5. However, it is being marketed to children four to eight years old. As the mother of two children in that age range, and a former third grade teacher, I find that strange. The concept is great, but the execution is so-so. First off, children aren't as familiar with that technology (blogs are for grown ups.) As people who grew up with technology AND printed books all around them, they just aren't worried about the death of the publishing industry. So, much of it goes over their heads, and then it ends with the word jackass (which is going to offend a number of parents, keep it off library shelves, etc.) I can't imagine recommending this book to other families with little kids. However, I can think of lots of adults and snarky teenagers who would adore it.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M. Tanenbaum VINE VOICE on August 11, 2010
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Lane Smith's wicked sense of humor comes through in this easy reader picture book aimed at elementary school-aged kids. This would be a great read-aloud for teachers at the beginning of school. On the title page, we meet mouse, jackass, and monkey, our characters. Monkey is reading a book, and Jackass bombards him with a series of annoying questions, such as "how do you scroll down," "do you blog with it," "where's the mouse," etc., to which Monkey keeps replying "it's a book." There's a very funny twist at the end, as Monkey lends his book to Jackass, and has to go to the library to find something else to read. A very funny gift for book lovers of all ages! Smith's very droll and simple illustrations are critical to the story, and the increasingly annoyed-looking expressions are Monkey are especially funny. This one's a keeper.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tulip2006 on December 30, 2010
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I am a teacher and first learned about this book at a conference. It is great for adults who love reading and realize that many have become so enamored with technology that they have lost the pure, simple joy of reading a book. Unfortunately, since one of the characters is a "jackass," many feel this book is inappropriate for children. I gave this book as a gift to my 20-something kids and they loved it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By smarie22 on December 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my father as a gift. He is a high school English teacher. I think this will be a perfect addition to his classroom. It is cleverly written and illustrated--the overall message oozing with slightly twisted satire. The brilliance is that this sadly true social commentary on the state of youth and literature is wrapped in an innocent cartoon-like form which seems to have been misleading to some parents.

I can understand why this book may not be considered age appropriate for the 4-8 yr old range by some parents. I agree with the 8+ age recommendation for content alone. Hence the mixed reviews on a book that deserves 5 stars. This is definitely a 5 star-worthy book that fills a niche for both young and old. My two boys, ages 10 and 12, would love this story--especially the ending. And I would have no problem letting them read it. A few of the references might be lost on them, but the humor of this tongue-in-cheek telling would not entirely escape them.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mmartin on January 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book - in fact I loved it. But what keeps me from buying it for my classroom - the last page. :(
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann Derby on September 20, 2011
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Our school's librarian read this to our 4th grader. I think that was fine; eleven year olds can understand the computer words and get the joke of the last word without it effecting their daily vocabulary.

But it's not a picture book for kids who are still into picture books. It's not for any kid under about 10. The book ends: "It's a book, jackass."

As an adult I get a kick out of it, and it's nice for our kid to know that her librarian has a sense of humor and is human.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kala J. Shafer on May 12, 2011
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I was so excited about this book and how cute it is. I love the idea and simply wanted to share the sentiment with some of my friends.
However, being rather offended by cuss words, the name of the donkey is a disappointment. It is used offensively as well at the end of the book. Such a cute idea marred by one word.

Three Stars for quality and adorableness.
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