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It's a Little Book
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It's a Little Book

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by Lane Smith
 

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

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596437586
Publisher:
Roaring Brook Press
Publication date:
08/30/2011
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
366,892
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
1 - 2 Years

Meet the Author

Lane Smith has written and illustrated a bunch of stuff, most recently There Is A Tribe of Kids, which is set to launch in Summer 2016. He is the author of the middle-grade novel Return to Augie Hobble, as well as author and illustrator of Grandpa Green which was a 2012 Caldecott Honor book and It's a Book which was on the New York Times bestseller list for over six months and has been translated into over twenty languages. His other works include the national bestsellers Madam President and John, Paul, George & Ben. 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.

His books have appeared on the New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year list four times. Lane and book designer Molly Leach live in rural Connecticut.

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It's a Little Book 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Peg_T More than 1 year ago
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!
AprilLW More than 1 year ago
My 20 month old giggles everytime I say, "No" in this book. He thinks the characters are so silly. Love it!
TTNYC More than 1 year ago
This wonderful little book makes my daughter laugh every time!