Friday, June 28, 2013

It's a Book

Cover art for IT'S A BOOK

Author & Illustrator:   Lane Smith
Publisher:  Roaring Brook Press
Publication Year:   2010
Location: Knox County Public Library- Lawson McGhee

Awards:   Publisher's Weekly & Booklist starred reviews

Summary:  This sarcastic book is classic Lane Smith, with a little controversy thrown in. The characters: mouse, jackass, and monkey, are introduced on the title page. Jackass doesn't know what a book is and wants to know if it scrolls, blogs, texts, tweets, has a password or a screen name. Monkey explains "No, it's a book" each time. Finally, Jackass gets drawn into the story and won't give the book back.  Monkey decides to go to the library, but Mouse gets in the last word. Adults should preread it and make sure they're okay with the final (slightly naughty) twist.

Classroom Ideas: This book has an important theme and is very funny, but I'm not sure I'd bring it into the classroom. Rather I'd let parents introduce it to their kids (just like I did as soon as I read it!)

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