It's a Little Book

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Overview

Now in diapers! For the youngest of readers who still prefer to chew on a book rather than read it, It's a Little Book asks what a book is for—Is it for chewing? Is it for wearing?—and answers the question in a warm and charming way. As funny and captivating as the bestselling It's a Book, It's a Little Book promises to delight a new generation of readers.

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Overview

Now in diapers! For the youngest of readers who still prefer to chew on a book rather than read it, It's a Little Book asks what a book is for—Is it for chewing? Is it for wearing?—and answers the question in a warm and charming way. As funny and captivating as the bestselling It's a Book, It's a Little Book promises to delight a new generation of readers.

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“The pint-size companion to the best-selling ‘It’s a Book!,’ the board book version doesn’t merely shrink the proportions of the original; it also wisely contracts the whole wired world of its older brother into the smaller scope of a toddler’s landscape — in a good way.” -New York Times "ArtsBeat" blog

It’s a Little Book allows you to introduce an even younger generation to the brilliance of Lane Smith in a great board book package…Put down the Tablet, the revolution is over-rated–long live the printed book!” -BSCKids.com

 

It's a Little Book is a Mommy Bookworm's dream…" -Jen Robinson's Book Page

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
On the heels of his laconic, humorous dig at current technology entitled It's a Book, Smith presents a hand-size board book for the younger set. Here a small monkey and donkey in diapers converse. The donkey asks the monkey, who is looking at an open book, "What is that?" As the donkey tries using it on subsequent page spreads, he asks if it's for chewing, wearing, e-mailing, quacking, flying, riding, building, calling on the phone, or sleeping. Each time the answer is, "No." Finally, the monkey tells the little donkey, "It's for reading...It's a book, silly." In the end, they read it together. Smith avoids the use of "jackass," which led to criticism of the previous book. Visually, there is no "scenery"; there is only a horizontal stripe along the page bottoms as a floor and different pastel backgrounds that have no special meanings. The only action is the little donkey acting out each possibility in simple poses. The sketchy, cartoon-like protagonists are appealing. The humor of the book will surely attract adults, but how much youngsters will "get" from it is a question. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Pamela Paul
…doesn't merely shrink the proportions of the original; it also wisely contracts the whole wired world of its older brother into the smaller scope of a toddler's landscape—in a good way.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596437586
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/2011
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 172,702
  • Age range: 1 - 2 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet 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.

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  • Posted May 2, 2012

    My 18 month-old grandson has chosen this as his favorite bedtime

    My 18 month-old grandson has chosen this as his favorite bedtime book, very thoughtfully answering each question with a gentle "no, no . . . no, "much to the delight of his parents and grandparents!

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

    My 20 month old giggles everytime I say, "No" in this

    My 20 month old giggles everytime I say, "No" in this book. He thinks the characters are so silly. Love it!

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    Draws sweet laughter.

    This wonderful little book makes my daughter laugh every time!

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