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It's a Book Hardcover – August 17, 2010
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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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I'm a mom and a reading intervention teacher. My son is a very bright (and sarcastic and into wordplay) 7yo. This was a perfect read aloud book for him to snicker at by the end. It also demonstrates how some now 'bad words' were once innocuous.
Also a great gift for a retiring librarian. (I bought 2)
As for people who think a 4 or 5 year old child will not "get" it...
I have 5 year old twins. They are familiar with computers, they can use my iPad with greater familiarity than my wife, and they get almost all the jokes. Even, after seeing the Muppet Treasure Island, recognizing the characters in the excerpt the Monkey reads to the Donkey.
Now, after a year of school, one of the twins is reading easy books to himself at night, this is one of the books he keeps going back to.
Even the slightly rude (to some people) joke on the final page... just explain a "jackass" is a word for a male donkey. The illustrations clearly show that the character is a donkey, therefore the second meaning in the dictionary should be a joke for the grown up present. It shouldn't prevent a child enjoying the story.
This is a book my kids love, and one I have purchased as a gift for someone else's child as well.
☆ HOWEVER, THANK GOODNESS FOR TECHNOLOGY ALSO, IT HAS ITS GREAT BENEFITS AS WELL. FOR THE BLIND, FOR LISTENNING TO A BOOK WHILE DRIVING, FOR STUDYING, ETC...
IYS A BOOK IS JUST TRYING TO KEEP BOOKS REAL & OVERALL, NOT DIGITAL. :-)
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