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A 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Picture Book Honor Winner
"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
Posted September 4, 2013
Posted July 26, 2013
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.
Posted February 2, 2013
"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.
Posted January 14, 2013
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!