Two Must-Read Children’s Books
Review of "It's a Book" by Lane Smith, published in 2010 by Roaring Brook Press and “Beautiful Oops” by Barney Salzberg published in 2010 by Workman Books.
"It's a Book" Book Review
Author: Lane Smith
Leave it to Lane Smith, (author of “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales”, "Glasses: Who Needs 'Em?" and "The Big Elephant in the Room" ), to turn the obvious on its head. The characters in “It’s a Book” live in a world not difficult to imagine, where one character is completely unfamiliar with the concept of a traditional children’s storybook.
This character is a techno-savvy donkey that doesn’t know how to hold a book, much less read one. He tries to apply all technology’s tricks to the simple picture book. Does it tweet? Does it need a password? Does it need a screen name or a mouse? Page after page, his literary monkey friend patiently points out that a book can’t tweet and doesn’t need a password. The picture book doesn’t need them because after all “It’s a Book!” Instead, it offers something far better: a place full of adventure where time is meaningless and a lucky reader can be lost for hours. It's a book!
Finally, the donkey settles down with the book and discovers the secrets that lie between its pages. The story will leave book lovers chuckling with delight and writers wishing they had thought of it first. (Some may object to the use of the word “jackass” in a children’s book but it is used without malice and might be used to provoke a discussion about context.) Roaring Brook Press published “It’s a Book” in 2010.
Below is a nice video preview of "it's a book" as well as other excellent books written by Lane Smith. Lane Smith is an author as well as an illustrator.
It's a book preview
Have you read "It's a book"?
More great books by Lane Smith
Double Tap to Zoom From the creator of the national bestseller It's a Book comes a timeless story of family history, legacy, and love.Grandpa Green wasn't always a gardener. ...
|The Big Elephant in the Room|
When one donkey tells his friend that they need to talk about "the big elephant in the room," his friend wonders what this embarrassing issue could possibly be. Is it that ...
|John, Paul, George & Ben|
Once there were four lads...John [Hancock],Paul [Revere],George [Washington],and Ben [Franklin].Oh yes, there was also Tom [Jefferson], but he was annoyingly independent and ...
|The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales|
Looks at some really stupid tales including "Chicken Licken", "The Princess and the Bowling Ball", "The Really Ugly Duckling" and "Jack's Bean Problem".
A little girl imagines what her day would be like if she were Madam President. There would be executive orders to give, babies to kiss, tuna casseroles to veto (or VETO!)…and ...
|Glasses: Who Needs 'Em?|
A whimsical tribute follows a young boy's refusal to wear his new glasses and his doctor's listing of all the variety of people--and things--that benefit from glasses. ...
“Beautiful Oops” Book Review
Author Barney Salzberg
In “Beautiful Oops”, the world is a place where there are no mistakes, only opportunities. Inventive illustrations show how bent and torn pages can become bird beaks or crocodile grins and crumpled paper becomes a sheep’s fluffy wool. In “Beautiful Oops,” every accident has a purpose. A stain, a smear, or a spill can be reborn as any creature of you can imagine. Salzberg demonstrates that an accidental goof that might cause tears from a young artist simply needs to be viewed in a new way. The thick, board-book pages are filled with tactile creations that transform every “oops” into art and remind readers young and old that a new perspective makes anything possible.
This book is really a must read. Kid's will relate, parents will have a laugh. Who never said "oops"?