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ISBN13: 9781596436060
ISBN10: 1596436069
Condition: Student Owned
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Staff Pick

The perfect gift for the tech-weary child (or adult) in your life. Bold illustrations, simple text, and a barrelful of wit will remind readers of the joys to be found when you go offline and lose yourself in the pages of a favorite story.
Recommended by Billie Bloebaum, Powell's Books at PDX

If you adore the way paper feels against your fingertips and the smell of musty ink, if you shudder each time a friend predicts the rise of the ebook and the demise of the traditional one, then think of It's A Book as therapy.
Recommended by Sarah H., Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"Smith (Madam President) addresses e-literacy in his irreverent style, casting a donkey in the role of digital junkie and a gorilla as a literary type. The donkey fiddles with a laptop while the gorilla holds a novel. 'What do you have there?' asks the techie, whose words are printed in ice blue, sans serif letters suggestive of a chat room. 'It's a book,' the ape answers, in a stately orange serif font. The donkey tests the gorilla's patience: 'Can it text? Tweet? Wi-Fi?' (When he asks, 'Where's your mouse?' a real one pops from beneath the gorilla's porkpie hat.) After the gorilla hands over Treasure Island, the donkey gripes, 'Too many letters,' and converts the scene to emoticons before getting hooked on the story. 'I'll charge it up when I'm done!' he promises, at which the mouse squeaks, 'It's a book, jackass.' This smart-aleck retort, arguably justified because the donkey is a jackass in any sense of the word, urges readers to side with the scholarly gorilla. Meanwhile, Smith has the best of both worlds: his stylish drawings, sleek typography, and kid-friendly humor combine old media and new. Ages 6 – up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

About the Author

Lane Smith is the author and illustrator of the bestselling John, Paul, George, Ben and Madam President. He has also collaborated with Jon Scieszka on The True Story of the Trhee Little Pigs, Math Curse, and The Stinky Cheese Man, for which he received a Caldecott Honor award. He has also illustrated books by Dr. Seuss, Jack Prelutsky, Florence Parry Heide, and Roald Dahl.

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Robin Wood, August 24, 2012 (view all comments by Robin Wood)
It's a book. And it's fantastic.
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KatherineA54, July 10, 2012 (view all comments by KatherineA54)
Haters of Kindles/Nooks/E-readers in general: Kick up your heels. Lane Smith has cleverly defended those of us who prefer to hold a real book in our hand. The wonderful illustrations in "It's A Book" include a techno-savvy donkey who can't grasp how the written word can be understood without emoticons, electricity or passwords. A literary-loving gorilla patiently describes the wonder -- and simplicity -- of reading without fear of breaking the words, changing them into nonsense or losing the author's meaning. Not only should you add this to your bookcase (if you still have one), but you should buy a copy for anyone who looks at you skeptically when you remind them that a piece of literary art does NOT have the same effect on their (allegedly) glare-free screen. Thanks to Lane Smith, whose work is important -- and far shorter than this review.
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TeacherJan, January 27, 2011 (view all comments by TeacherJan)
I know it's a "kids' book", but this is easily the most entertaining book I read all year! It is "LOL" funny! I've shared it with all of my friends, and they agree!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781596436060
Author:
Smith, Lane
Publisher:
Roaring Brook Press
Subject:
Animals - General
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Books & Libraries
Subject:
Books
Subject:
Libraries
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-General
Edition Description:
Picture Book
Series:
Curious George
Publication Date:
20100810
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
8 x 8 in 1 lb
Age Level:
06-UP

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Product details 32 pages Roaring Brook Press - English 9781596436060 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

The perfect gift for the tech-weary child (or adult) in your life. Bold illustrations, simple text, and a barrelful of wit will remind readers of the joys to be found when you go offline and lose yourself in the pages of a favorite story.

"Staff Pick" by ,

If you adore the way paper feels against your fingertips and the smell of musty ink, if you shudder each time a friend predicts the rise of the ebook and the demise of the traditional one, then think of It's A Book as therapy.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Smith (Madam President) addresses e-literacy in his irreverent style, casting a donkey in the role of digital junkie and a gorilla as a literary type. The donkey fiddles with a laptop while the gorilla holds a novel. 'What do you have there?' asks the techie, whose words are printed in ice blue, sans serif letters suggestive of a chat room. 'It's a book,' the ape answers, in a stately orange serif font. The donkey tests the gorilla's patience: 'Can it text? Tweet? Wi-Fi?' (When he asks, 'Where's your mouse?' a real one pops from beneath the gorilla's porkpie hat.) After the gorilla hands over Treasure Island, the donkey gripes, 'Too many letters,' and converts the scene to emoticons before getting hooked on the story. 'I'll charge it up when I'm done!' he promises, at which the mouse squeaks, 'It's a book, jackass.' This smart-aleck retort, arguably justified because the donkey is a jackass in any sense of the word, urges readers to side with the scholarly gorilla. Meanwhile, Smith has the best of both worlds: his stylish drawings, sleek typography, and kid-friendly humor combine old media and new. Ages 6 – up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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