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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399535217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399535215
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Keri Smith is a bestselling author, illustrator, and thinker. Her books demonstrate a 'learn by doing approach', and are being used in school curriculums all over the world as a way of fostering non-traditional methods of exploration. She also teaches and conducts workshops based on her non-traditional techniques across North America. Her books include: Wreck This Journal, How to Be an Explorer of the World, This is Not a Book, Mess - A Manual of Accidents and Mistakes, Finish This Book, and Pocket Scavenger. She enjoys spending time with her husband, experimental musician Jefferson Pitcher, and two children Tilden and Ida.

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Keri Smith is an author/illustrator turned guerilla artist. She is the author of several bestselling books about creativity including This is Not a Book (2009 Perigee), How to be an Explorer of the World -the Portable Life/Art Museum,( 2008 Perigee), Wreck this Journal (2007 Perigee). Her newest book, Mess: A Manual of Accidents and Mistakes will be released fall 2010 by Penguin Books. She is the author of the popular weblog the Wish Jar, and writes on occasion for a variety of magazines. Keri spends her days playing with her husband and son, and divides her time between upstate New York, and the countryside of Canada.


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Enjoyed using my imagination!
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We were reading the first task: keep this book with you in full view at all times.
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It is great for creative people who enjoyed Wreck this Journal.
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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful By H. Grove (errantdreams) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 22, 2009
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This Is Not A Book is much like its predecessor (Wreck This Journal), except that it pushes the boundaries of your comfort zone much further. A handful of exercises exhort you to put yourself forward publicly in one way or another, or to risk losing your copy of the book to the results of an exercise. For example, one exercise encourages you to leave This Is Not A Book someplace overnight and see what happens.

Others have less of an element of social or fiscal risk to them. An "Idea Formulation Generator" has you make three separate lists of terms (things found in nature, objects you use every day, and words you like), combine one from each list randomly, and use to come up with an idea for a new concept or product. The pages are filled with images, frames, white space, thought bubbles, and anything else needed to leave room for your experiments. The only problem I found is that there were a few places where the layout neglected to leave a blank page in the right place, resulting in conflicting exercises.

If you just can't get yourself to leave your comfort zone and try wacky things, then Keri Smith's publications (I can't really call this one a book, can I?) are not for you! Or maybe they're aimed particularly at you, because you'll need the most help loosening up. (In that case, try Wreck This Journal first, to get your feet wet.) This Is Not A Book is a great method for forcing yourself to think outside the box, color outside the lines, etc., and that's definitely a boost to creativity!

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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Shai on June 14, 2010
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I bought this book to do with my husband, who just so happens to be my BFF as well, To bring us closer and teach us more about ourselves and each other. Well we just got it today and I gotta tell you it was one of the best things I could have spent my money on. We are already having a blast with it. Which is of course the main goal. We were reading the first task: keep this book with you in full view at all times. And it says in the beginning taht only you can decide how to use this-is not a- book, and only you can interpret the instructions how ever you see them, Well we asked ourselves WHY should we do this task, well to us that instruction is meant so that at any given time when ever we feel inspiration strike or a moment of creativity we can just grab it and get creative on that page. for him that means drawing something for me it means writing down an idea. And yet for somebody else that instruction might have a totally different purpose. So you can see how this book really brings out your creativity and forces you to think, and even will teach you somethings about yourself that maybe you did not know before. If you are going to spend your money on a book I highly recommend this one.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By softkittie on September 1, 2012
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I just got this book a week ago, its a bit disappointing.i do wish that i bought wreck this journal first.im a very creative person, and this book is meh..its ok..it starts off slow but halfway thru becomes exciting. It has things like leave book somewhere overnight, mail it to someone, and im thinking, what if i dont get it back.,its a ok journal..just needs more creative things..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Raney on January 1, 2013
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Huge hit with the 10 year old recipient!!! Just at the age where perfectionism takes over schoolwork, they get something to muck around with and express themselves!!
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. Hegna on January 22, 2010
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This is a fun book with many different prompts that let you make use of your creativity. Has many excersises with some kind of "theme", that gives you the opportunity to come up with many different ideas on how to solve the challenge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MB2332 on March 6, 2014
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I bought this as friends recommended to try it after I had bought "Wreck this Journal". This book seems to have a lot of the same things to do in it and it is not quite as fun. It is nice for passing the time if you don't have anything else to do. I think a teenager would benefit the most from this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MsEeyore58 on January 28, 2014
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Perfect for a child to bring out vision and creativity. 6 - 99 would be my ages. Who can't use a little fantasy in their life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By annissa dalton on February 28, 2013
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If you get bored often or just want to create something that might be sentimental to you one day i would recommend getting this. It does ask you to do some pretty crazy stuff but it's fun and before you know it you've got all of your pens and art supplies out doodling away.
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