It's A Book

by Lane Smith
Illustrator Lane Smith

Roaring Brook Press | August 10, 2010 | Picture Books

It's A Book is rated 3.1667 out of 5 by 6.

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.

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 32 pages, 10.15 × 8.31 × 0.31 in

Published: August 10, 2010

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1596436069

ISBN - 13: 9781596436060

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Likely not intended for kids While Lane Smith has written many fine books for kids in the past, I don't think this one is for them. Let's ignore the appropriately described jackass and look at the social commentary. The 'tweet corrected' version of the citation from Treasure Island should be a big give away (will 4 year olds get that?). I love this book and its great commentary on our tech-speak driven so-called culture, but it's not one for the kids.
Date published: 2011-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Getting Books Back I bought this for a child of 7 years old and I stand by the decision. Yes, it's controversial in the sense that it says jackass in it. But I wouldn't doubt that most children by the time they are 4 years old have heard their parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, TV Shows and other sources of vocabulary say much worse on occasion. I thought the prose was excellent to get children of this day and age to understand the differences between books and digital technology. It gets the point across - Books are not computers - and I felt it delivered the message brilliantly to children.
Date published: 2011-02-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not what I expected I purchased this book for a library and while the story was a good one, there really wasn't much need for the word "Jackass" other than to give the adults a chuckle. I ordered the book on the age recommendation given by Chapters as "Preschooler 3-5 years". I feel the book is more a tongue in cheek children's book that is really more suited to teens/adults. Although these kinds of books are somewhat cute, they aren't really kids books in my opinion. At least, not the kind I'll be reading to my own children.
Date published: 2011-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Book I thought it was great - and the fact that the word "jackass" is in it isn't a huge problem for me. I just used it as a teachable moment. All Chapters picture books these days say "3-5". Many are actually more suitable for kids 5 and up. It seems to be a trend because so many parents push their kids into chapter books earlier and earlier (early chapter books often have poorer vocabulary and introduce fewer abstract concepts than picture books). Truly great picture books can be wonderful for all ages - 3 year olds to 90 year olds. Good readers are those who can make choices, not those who read chapter books exclusively by age 5. Something Chapters needs to promote!
Date published: 2011-01-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not in this house I had ordered this book when I saw a couple of great reviews and the cover looked so cute. I returned it to my closest Chapters/ indigo store and the clerk knew exactly what I was returning it for when I said I wasn't comfortable with the language for my 4 year old. It would not be taken well if he went around saying Jackass to people.
Date published: 2010-10-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute book but parental discretion is advised I'm not sure what to think of this book. It's got great reviews from publishers and it's a Heather's Kids Pick and it definitely shows how books are still relevant in the technological age... but I have a problem with the use of the word 'jackass'. I'm not a prude or anything but in a children's picture book that is read to 3-5 year olds, do you really want to explain the word 'jackass'? Obviously the character is named Jackass and he is one (a donkey, mule, take your pick) but the fact that the author is using the word Jackass to mean a stupid person(and from the context of the story, he is), I'm not sure parents want their kids to know that word or think it's okay to use that word when they are that young. All that aside, it is quite a cute book and if you want to read it to your own kids, they would probably find it very funny but let me try reading it at Storytime and see how many complaints I get :)
Date published: 2010-09-16

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It's A Book

by Lane Smith
Illustrator Lane Smith

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 32 pages, 10.15 × 8.31 × 0.31 in

Published: August 10, 2010

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1596436069

ISBN - 13: 9781596436060

About the Book

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.

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Lane Smith has written and illustrated a bunch of stuff, including It’s a Book; John, Paul, George & Ben and Madam President. His titles with Jon Scieszka have included the Caldecott Honor-winner The Stinky Cheese Man; The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs; Math Curse; and Science Verse. Lane''s other high profile titles include Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! by Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky; The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders; Big Plans by Bob Shea; and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. In 1996 Lane served as Conceptual Designer on the Disney film version of James and the Giant Peach. Lane also wrote and illustrated the retro, cult favorites, The Happy Hocky Family and The Happy Hocky Family Moves to the Country. Like the Hocky family, he and book designer Molly Leach live in a little town in the country.

Editorial Reviews

“I do love this book.” — The New Yorker magazine''s , Book Bench blog “Those of us for whom books are a faith in themselves — who find the notion that pixels, however ordered, could be any kind of substitute for the experience of reading in a chair with the strange thing spread open on our lap — will love this book. Though it will surely draw a laugh from kids, it will give even more pleasure to parents who have been trying to make loudly the point that Smith’s book makes softly: that the virtues of a book are independent of any bells, whistles or animation it might be made to contain.   . .  . For in trying to make the case for books to our kids, exactly the case we want to make is not that they can compete with the virtues of computer or screens, but that they do something else: that they allow for a soulfulness the screens, with their jumpy impersonality, cannot duplicate . . . The moral of Smith’s book is the right one: not that screens are bad and books are good, but that what books do depends on the totality of what they are — their turning pages, their sturdy self-sufficiency, above all the way they invite a child to withdraw from this world into a world alongside ours in an activity at once mentally strenuous and physically still.” — Adam Gopnick, in The New York Times Book Review “This tongue-in-cheek picture book about reading in the digital age features the best last line ever wr
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Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5