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That's How! Hardcover – May 10, 2011

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About the Author

Christoph Niemann is also the creator of the picture books Subway, The Pet Dragon, and The Police Cloud, as well as the blog Abstract City at www.newyorktimes.com. He has illustrated covers for the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and the New York Times Magazine. The artist lives with his family in Berlin, Germany, and New York City.



Christoph Niemann is also the creator of the picture books Subway, The Pet Dragon, and The Police Cloud, as well as the blog Abstract City at www.newyorktimes.com. He has illustrated covers for the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and the New York Times Magazine. The artist lives with his family in Berlin, Germany, and New York City.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1 edition (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062019635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062019639
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #928,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J.Prather TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
That's How! invites readers to use their imaginations as they follow two children as they make up their own explanations about how things work. From an airplane that appears to be held together entirely by chickens, to a steamroller that operates from a bird tickling two bears, this book is sure to bring about much laughter and speculation from young picture book readers. The text is minimal, with each two page spread consisting only of the young girl asking how something works, and the boy answering "Hmm, let me think..." The next two page spread shows his explanation with the exclamation "That's How", and the girl saying "Wow".

While by no means a serious exploration of how things work, this book is bound to encourage young readers to make up their own whimsical explanations. The illustrations are large, colorful and fun. Perhaps my favorite is the digger; a rabbit holding a very large snake opening his mouth ready to take a big bite out of the dirt. A big recommend for any young reader who has ever asked "how does that work?" Who knew that trains ran on monkey power?
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I love Christoph Niemann's artwork! He's amazing. Still, this book (which I bought sight unseen) disappointed me a bit. It's very short and never really achieves the magical liftoff that great children's books do. The pictures are pleasant to look at, but overall I must (with regret) list this as a near-miss.
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I have bought all of Christoph's books numerous times for children as gifts and all I can say is they are a universal hit with kids and parents alike. They are clever, fun to read, and beautifully illustrated. I'm not an expert on children's books but I've had kids I've given these books to come up to me (one, about a year later) and say that I gave them their favorite book. I'm surprised there aren't more reviews of these as well, because they are an instant hit. The parents have told me their children are constantly asking to have these books read to them. They are also a great way to give a child an original present that others won't get them -- these books are classics but not the predictable choice like goodnight moon or others that everyone buys for children.
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This book has an excellent, interesting concept. It gives silly explanations for how everyday objects work. However, it has two characters, a boy and a girl. And instead of them both dreaming up creative explanations for how firetrucks and airplanes work, the girl asks the boy and he decides. Every time. With the children's book market already oversaturated with empowered boy characters and narrative sidelines filled to the brim with girls, even the adorable animals-inside-machines quirkiness isn't enough to convince me to gift this book to an impressionable child. I'd much prefer the kids took turns and the girl had an imagination, too. A real shame.
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I put my son in summer reading program at our local library and this is one of the many book he wanted me to read to him. My son is 3 and loves this book! I have read this easily over 100 times!!! Great children's book!!!
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We are a homeschooling family and read a LOT of books. After we had checked this out of the library for the 100th time I finally bought our own copy. All my kids love it and they are 7, 5 and 2. I never write reviews but when I came on to buy it and saw there were only 3 reviews I could not believe it.
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As a boy and girl walk along, the girl asks the boy how things work. The boy provides some wildly imaginative answers.

The kids at my school library love this book. It is always checked out.

Here's a little sample:
"How does a truck work?

Hmmm...Let me think.

That's how!

Wow!" (Drawing shows a big lion pushing the pedals that move the gears inside the motor of a truck.)
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