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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Quickie Review: It's A Book by Lane Smith

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Publisher: Roaring Brook Press / Macmillan Children's Publishing Group
Pages: 32

(August 2010)

From the Cover:

       CAN IT TEXT?
               BLOG?
                     SCROLL?
                            WI-FI?
                               TWEET?
                  NO....... IT'S A BOOK.

A jackass, a mouse, and a monkey.... all characters in Lane Smith's new book, It's A Book. It's cute little story to remind kids that not everything revolves around our fast paced world where four year olds carry cell phones, eight year olds carry laptops, twelve year olds blog on Facebook. We've forgotten some important facts about how we live, the stress we bring not only to our lives, but our children's lives, without meaning to and with good intentions. It reminds us to relax, pick up a book, and get lost in the pages. I highly recommend to old and young alike, pick up It's A Book. Read it with your child, your niece/nephew, a cousin, a friend and then share it. It's a wonderful addition to any child's library.

Back Cover:

Inside the Pages:

About the author

Lane Smith is an award-winning children's author and illustrator. His recent American publications Madam President and John, Paul, George & Ben both were New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestsellers. His titles with Jon Scieszka include, the Caldecott Honor winner, The Stinky Cheese Man, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs and Science Verse. In 1996 Lane served as Conceptual Designer on the Disney film version of James and the Giant Peach. Lane live in Connecticut with his wife, who has designed all of Lane's titles. For more information on Lane Smith, please visit his website www.lanesmithbooks.com


It's A Book Trailer



The publisher sent me this book to celebrate the printed book. All opinions expressed are my own.

10 comments:

Amy C said...

This sounds very interesting, one I would liked to have read to my son's kindergarten class way back when.

I'll have to look for it when I go to the bookstore again. If not to buy it, at least to read though it.

Blodeuedd said...

Lol, adorable :)

Erotic Horizon said...

This really does sound adorable...

and in some way I can see people asking in the future - What is a book?

E.H>

Christine said...

That's very cute.

Quite frankly, I think it should be required summer reading for all high schoolers. ;p

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi Amy!

I'm if Christine, I think they should make high schoolers read it. My kids only know how to text, use the computer. Open a book, why?

Dottie :)

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi B!

It is incredible cute, isn't it!

Dottie :)

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi EH!

The future is at my house, my kids try never to open a book. They were want their textbooks online, lol. Scary..

Dottie :)

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi Christine!

Like I told Amy, I couldn't agree more, especially with high schoolers. My kids never want to open books, though my son just asked me to recommend a book for his school book report. Does it mean he's actually going to read one? Hmmmm...

unlikely.

Dottie :)

Christine said...

I guess I'm lucky that both my girls (15 and 11) are avid readers. My teen is always complaining that she doesn't have time to read for fun anymore--even in the summer because she has so much required reading for high school. BORING required reading, so it takes too long to finish them, too. LOL. But then again, if she spent HALF the time she spends on facebook reading... she wouldn't have to complain!

I bet your kids come back around to recreational reading when they're older. Or when they have kids and want their kids to read well... then they'll appreciate your passion for reading and maybe start reading with you then! :)

So what did you recommend to your son? How old is he?

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi Christine!

My youngest is fifteen and I did recommend a book (I review quite a few YA books), but he discovered one at our local library that appealed to the adolescent boy more, it's called "Carter's Big Break" by Brent Crawford and by the blurb, it sounds funny and irreverent, lol, just up this alley.

I should say all my kids enjoy reading, but with my oldest in college, he doesn't have time for anything more than a few graphic novels per week, his textbooks keep him pretty busy. My other two are high schoolers, and like your daughter, they're kept better busy with reading requirements from school. But, my daughter does go book shopping with me, and before her book list was so massive, she would read quite a bit during summer. My youngest was a late bloomer, he wanted to be read to instead of reading, which I had no problem with, lol, I've read all the Harry Potter books aloud, he was too small to read them on his own when they first came out, and then later he read them for school. Again, he has to keep up with a book list now, so not as much time for recreational reading.

I also agree with the fact they spend WAY too much time facebooking, if they cut that time just in half, they'd have more than enough time to read a book!

Dottie :)

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