Open This Little Book

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Overview

What will you find when you open this little book? A fun story? Sweet characters? Enticing pictures? Yes! But much more. Open this book and you will find...another book...and another...and another. Debut author Jesse Klausmeier and master book creator Suzy Lee have combined their creative visions to craft a seemingly simple book about colors for the very youngest readers, an imaginative exploration of the art of book making for more sophisticated aficionados, and a charming ...
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Overview

What will you find when you open this little book? A fun story? Sweet characters? Enticing pictures? Yes! But much more. Open this book and you will find...another book...and another...and another. Debut author Jesse Klausmeier and master book creator Suzy Lee have combined their creative visions to craft a seemingly simple book about colors for the very youngest readers, an imaginative exploration of the art of book making for more sophisticated aficionados, and a charming story of friendship and the power of books for all.

A 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Picture Book Honor Winner

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Klausmeier’s debut is more conceptual novelty than story. The book opens to reveal a series of nested “books,” brightly colored covers that become smaller and smaller as readers work toward the center. “Open this... Little Red Book,” it starts, with a red, ladybug-dotted book cover appearing on the right. Turning the page “opens” the Little Red Book, which continues, “and read about Ladybug, who opens a... Little Green Book, and reads about Frog, who opens a... Little Orange book,” and so on. As the books grow smaller, the readers grow larger, from the studious ladybug to a joyful bear. The last is a giant who dwarfs them all, and whose hands are too big to open her teeny-tiny Rainbow Book—so the others read it for her. Then the books close in succession, and the story ends with another plug for reading. The design and production are striking, and Lee (Wave) contributes idyllic settings and charming, expressive characters, whose interactions quietly make a lovely point: that readers and those they read about can enjoy a relationship that looks a lot like friendship. Ages 3–8. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
" Had I the power I'd be mentioning Suzy Lee of Singapore's upcoming Open This Little Book (which will blow. your. mind. when you see it) as a Caldecott win. Alas' - Betsy Bird, New York Public Library/A Fuse#8 Production Blog at School Library Journal

"This one is a joy for book-lovers of all ages and flies in the face of the notion of reading a book on a screen. And, in particular, it's a picture book lover's delight." - Kirkus Reviews' Children's Blog

"This ode to books and reading (is) a delight to open and pore over."-The Horn Book Magazine

"Makes a lovely point: that readers and those they read about can enjoy a relationship that looks a lot like friendship." - Publishers Weekly

"It's time to rotate a new read into story time... We promise you'll be over the moon." - Daily Candy Kids

"It'll make kids really appreciate how cool a paper book can be" - CoolMomPicks

"Exemplifies the heights a picture book can achieve" - Shelf Awareness for Readers

"A delightful and timely homage to reading and, more, to books themselves. " - Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

" Will keep kids mulling over the multilayered love of hold-'em-in-your-hands books" - Booklist

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Encouraged to open this (not-so-little) "little book," we encounter the title page of a smaller book. We are then urged to open a smaller little red book, "and read about Ladybug, who opens a "smaller green book, "and reads about Frog, who opens a "little orange book." And so we open ever-smaller books, yellow and blue, with new characters. Bear, opening the little blue book, reads about Giant. But Giant finds that she can't open her little book because her hands are too big. So Giant's friends open her little rainbow book, taking us back through all the characters. We then close all of the books with each character until we close the little red book, "and...open another!" Lee's digitally manipulated watercolor-and-pencil illustrations on the jacket/cover introduce the comic characters as they sit reading amid jumbles of books on tree-branch shelves. Inside we find the ever-smaller books, each a different color decorated with different designs, along with the characters in action. The final picture of a flight of birds and butterflies leads back to the bookcase on the jacket/cover emerging from a leafy tree, surrounded by animals reading. The imaginative design encourages delightful thoughts about the nature of reading and rereading. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—In this series of opening story lines, the rolling text gently instructs readers. "Open this… Little Red Book and read about Ladybug, who opens a… Little Green Book and reads about Frog, who opens a… Little Orange Book and reads about Rabbit, who opens a…." The plot quickly turns when a giant lacks the agility to open her tiny rainbow book featuring each of the previous characters, so the story's companions read the giant's tale instead. With the final turn of the page, the group decides to read another story in a cozy final spread. The format reflects changes in size and scope; pages become smaller and smaller until the giant's story and then the illustrations grow accordingly. The book requires careful manipulation as the story expands and shrinks to reflect the characters' experiences. Individual book covers provide a visual clue to the delightful details within as each book becomes physically smaller and smaller on the page; the little red cover features prominent polka dots for the ladybug, and the yellow book highlights honeycombs on its cover. Nimble lines highlight quiet participation as the characters star in their own stories. Pencil and watercolor spreads allow the colors to extend beyond the featured designs. Digitally manipulated scenes reflect the interactive qualities within this gentle narrative. This charming format creates a thoughtful package of interwoven beginnings and connected endings.—Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC
Kirkus Reviews
You really can't judge a book by its cover! Follow the instructions of the title and find...another, smaller cover, in purple, with a frog and a rabbit both engrossed in their reading. Open that cover, and there's a red one (with black dots) about a ladybug, then a green one about a frog, an orange one about a rabbit, a yellow (with honeycombs) about a bear, each progressively smaller, and finally, a tiny blue one, which really contains a story. It's about a giant, the ladybug, the rabbit, the frog and the bear, dedicated readers all, who form a friendship based on their love of reading. Meantime, the outer edges of the books that were opened on the way form a pretty, square rainbow. (Each cover features a different typeface and background design.) Getting to the end of the story means passing back through all the previous page sizes and colors. On the final red page, the ladybug closes her book, and then "[y]ou close this little red book…." But of course, then readers are urged to "open another!" And the illustration on the real last page features a tall bookcase with all the animals around it reading, as well as the giant's hand, other tiny creatures and a couple of engrossed children. The sleek text and endlessly inventive design register strongly by showing rather than just telling. A delightful and timely homage to reading and, more, to books themselves. (Picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811867832
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 99,955
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzy Lee's books Wave and Shadow were both selected as New York Times Best Illustrated Books. Born in Seoul, Korea, she currently lives in Singapore. Visit her website at www.suzyleebooks.com.

Jesse Klausmeier was born in Madison, WI and currently lives in New York City, where she works in children's publishing. Open This Little Book is her debut book. Visit her online at: www.jesseklausmeier.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    Great for young readers

    My 2nd graders enjoyed reading this together at the beginning of the year. They enjoyed the predictability and being able to read along with me.

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  • Posted July 26, 2013

    This little book celebrates the power and the actual physical ac

    This little book celebrates the power and the actual physical act of turning pages and conducting the story manually.  It is a true visual treat and encourages the reader to go forth and discover a whole new world of books.  The reader opens an increasingly tiny series of books within a book- each adding a layer of colour and script until the whole book itself displays a rectangle of rainbow colours. The pencil and watercolour illustrations are created with soft colours and then digitally manipulated.




     The nesting books are read by a ladybug, a frog, a rabbit, a bear and a female giant whose hands are so big she cannot possibly manipulate her tiny book so the other characters jump in and help her out.  The ultimate reader is a child who is encouraged at the end to go out and read even more. The book's colours, animal characters and imaginative exploration of the art of book making is phenomenal.  It shares a message of friendship, kindness and sharing that if applied can actually change the world.




    The design of the book is unique and clever.  Small children (and I must admit adults too) will love opening the books, turning their pages, reading the simple stories and then closing the books up again.  It encourages the love of reading first in the animal world and then into the human one.  The last page sums it all up perfectly....so many books in our world and so little time to read them all.  This debut author teamed up with master book creator, Suzy Lee, is truly a winner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    "Open This Little Book" is brilliant in it's originali

    "Open This Little Book" is brilliant in it's originality and simplicity: a book within a book within a book, and so on. But beyond the initial novelty, it's so much more: a celebration of the physical act of reading a book, a delight in discovering that each shrinking page has been sneakily constructing a rainbow, and a conclusion that encourages the reader to discover an entire world of books. Quite a big feat for a book that humbly describes itself as "Little".
    Author Jesse Klausmeier makes a bold debut, proving that the traditional paper-bound book still has a few tricks up it's sleeve in a digital world. I suspect that this is just the beginning of a very remarkable career. Best you get in on the ground floor, folks.
    Illustrator Suzy Lee's breezy, lyrical lines create a world that is meant for snuggling under the covers and discovering details you didn't catch upon the first reading. Her art is a perfect fit for Klausmeier's words, both of which are beyond charming.
    "Open This Little Book" is a complete delight. Go get it and open it with someone special.

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  • Posted January 14, 2013

    This is an amazing book that my children love! They have not tir

    This is an amazing book that my children love!
    They have not tired of reading it and looking for new things in the pictures.
    It holds their interest as they open each "little book" and are captivated by the story.
    Let's hear more from this author!

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