It's a Book!

It's a Book!

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by Lane Smith

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MacMillan Children's Books
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It's a Book 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Kate45 More than 1 year ago
This book was shown on the Reggis and Kelly show today. I went to B&N to check it out. This in not located in the children section. It is in the adult humor section. The book is cute however the last page calls the donkey a jackass." It's a book jackass" The book is funny but inappropriate for children.
AbsBoy More than 1 year ago
This is the best and funniest book that I have ever read! Borrow it, buy it, just read "It's a Book"!!!
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Is it wrong that I liked the book trailer for It's a Book (2010) by Lane Smith more than I enjoyed the actual book? If it is, I don't want to be right. What happens when a monkey* sits down with his copy of Treasure Island and a donkey** sits down with his laptop? Well, let's just say the book might not do as much, but it sure has a lot of staying power. It's a Book has a great message. In snappy text and fun illustrations, it shows all the fun a book can be. And yet . . . There is something very meta about discussing the merits of a book in a book format. There is also the issue that anyone who really needs to know how great books are (or show their children how great they are) is not going to be reading It's a Book in the first place. I could see this being a fun read aloud but only in a nose-thumbing kind of way among people/children who are already readers. Honestly, the trailer was more effective as a medium and I'd love to see something like it being adopted by ALA to compliment their READ posters. There's also the issue of the donkey. The book introduces him as a jackass and ends with a mouse reminding him, "It's a book jackass." And that's fine because it's a legitimate term for donkeys. But it's also a language issue*** and it just feels awkward and superfluous in the story. I'm not really sure what Smith wanted to accomplish with It's a Book or what it actually will accomplish. It's an interesting idea and the book trailer is wonderful in its own right(do watch it!). Oddly as an actual book this one falls short. *I feel really strongly that what we have here is a gorilla and it's been driving me nuts since I first saw the book that he is called a monkey throughout. **Smith actually calls the donkey a "jackass" from the get-go, not I think in a negative way but just in a "jackass is another name for a donkey" kind of way, but I just can't bring myself to do it. ***I'm kind of a prude when it comes to bad language, but I wouldn't feel comfortable reading this book to anyone. Some reviews have said it's snarky or obnoxious, I wasn't feeling that but it was . . . a really weird element to include. I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher.
skb0214 More than 1 year ago
I found this in the humor section and loved the message! Electronics and e-books are amazing - I use them myself, but there is nothing like a book in hand. Although the last line made me LOL, "it's a book, jackass" - helloooo, how many times does the donkey have to be told?? I will probably use another word when reading to my young grandkids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was extremely disappointed and shocked by the last line of the book: "It's a book, Jackass." Totally inappropriate for something advertised as a "kids book". I had to explain to my 4 and 6 year olds (who can read) why the author might have used such language. This type of language is not acceptable in my house - and certainly not to be used by my children. Other than's a good book. So I'll probably use a marker and black out the word so my kids aren't dwelling on it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please be very aware that this is a NOT a children's book....ordered and started to read to my children...had planned on letting my 1st grader take it to school with her.... There is a word that our family doesn't use at the end of the book... Just be warned "this is NOT a children's book"
lusmoo More than 1 year ago
jack·ass /'d?æk?æs/ Show Spelled[jak-as] -noun 1. a male donkey. 2. a contemptibly foolish or stupid person; dolt; blockhead; ass. the character in this book is both. it's not inappropriate, wev-c, unless you make it that way
Ronrose More than 1 year ago
This is a very pleasant book to read with your young child. It has very simple, yet dynamic, illustrations that children will like. There is a mix of familiar and new words to learn. The message will of course be dear to all book lover's hearts.
Sunbear9 More than 1 year ago
A funny ode to our favorite friends, books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first purchased "It's A Little Book" (board book) and it was so much fun to read! My granddaughter wanted to read it over and over again. It was always the book she requested at nap and bed time as well as many times during the day. So.....the thing to do was follow it up with "It's a Book". Great books that are fun to read. Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful childrens book, great pictures.
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Coppertop429 More than 1 year ago
Lane Smith has always been one of my favorite illustrators, and here he shows, once again, that he's also a great, creative author. In a smart-alecky picture book, a monkey and a donkey talk about a book. The donkey thinks it must be a computer-related thing--how do you tweet, type, charge it, surf the web? "It's a book!" the monkey is constantly trying to tell him. In this time of technology-takeover and eBook industry, this book is a perfect addition. Adults will understand better than younger kids, but older elementary schoolers will enjoy it once they understand the tone behind it. For a great version for toddlers, check out Lane Smith's new board book, "It's a Little Book", in which they ask, "Is it a hat? Is it for building forts? Is it for eating?" Adorable and still hilarious. Highly recommended.
ehm More than 1 year ago
A a tech support person in a school district who also loves books, I found this book absolutely delightful! And for those people who are offended, shame on you! The characters are introduced by who/what they are at the beginning of the book. And, if you look it up in the dictionary you'll see what any of us in farm country know: "A jackass is a male ass or donkey." Use this to teach the ORIGINAL meaning of words and not the slang people drag words down into.
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I love the tone, the illustrations, the message. As for the jackass, well, I love that too, but then I'm fairly relaxed about such things. No, I wouldn't let my kid run into school with the book -- at least not without warning the teacher (and I am a teacher) -- but hey, if you don't like the jackass bit, don't read it. Don't let that one little word - which is completely accurate by the way -- get in the way of a sweet read.
fourbuds More than 1 year ago
I thought that this would be a good modern-times discussion-starter with my kids... but I failed to look at the other reviews re: ADULT HUMOR. Yes, you can identify an animal as a jackass -- I was ok discussing that with my 9 year-old, but when they actually call him a JACKASS at the end of the book, well that's just crossing the line. I discussed it with my 9 year-old, but I am not letting it stay in my house for when my impressionable 6 year-old comes home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Last night in one of my education classes the professor ended the class with her reading this book to us. IT WAS AWESOME. I admit it is not for small children, but after a certain age it is fabulous. I ordered it for my sister (teacher), mom (teacher), dad (teacher) and a friend (teacher). They are going to love this book and will appreciate it for its light humor. LOVE IT!
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