This Is Not a Book

This Is Not a Book

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by Keri Smith
     
 

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From the internationally bestselling creator of Wreck This Journal, a curious, engaging, and creative rethinking of all the different things a book can be.

In this uniquely skewed look at the purpose and function of a “book”, Keri Smith offers an illustrated guide that challenges readers to creatively examine

Overview

From the internationally bestselling creator of Wreck This Journal, a curious, engaging, and creative rethinking of all the different things a book can be.

In this uniquely skewed look at the purpose and function of a “book”, Keri Smith offers an illustrated guide that challenges readers to creatively examine all the different ways This Is Not a Book can be used. With intriguing prompts, readers will discover that the book can be:

A secret message—tear out a page, write a note on it for a stranger, and leave it in a public place.

A recording device—have everyone you contact today write their name in the book.

An instrument—create as many sounds as you can using the book, like flipping the pages fast or slapping the cover.

This Is Not a Book forces you to ask, “If it’s not a book, what is it then?”—with a kaleidoscope of possible answers.

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for This is Not a Book

“By the time you finish with This is Not a Book, it may look like a well-used journal, a bulky photo album, an organized scrapbook, or a combination of all three. . . . [Smith’s] tasks are diverse and short in explanation, but they all push you to think, create or experience.” —Curled Up with a Good Book

This is Not a Book is fun, creative and makes you think outside the box.” —Just One More Thing

Praise for Keri Smith

“Keri Smith may well be the self-help guru this DIY generation deserves.” —The Believer

“A conceptual artist and author luring kids into questioning the world and appreciating every smell, texture and mystery in it.” —TIME Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399535215
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
152,333
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Keri Smith is a bestselling author, illustrator, and thinker. Her books include Wreck This Journal, The Wander Society, This is Not a Book, How to Be an Explorer of the World, Mess, Finish This Book, The Pocket Scavenger, Wreck This Journal Everywhere, Everything Is Connected, and The Imaginary World of... as well as Wreck This App, This is Not an App, and the Pocket Scavenger app. She enjoys spending time with her husband, experimental musician Jefferson Pitcher, and two children.

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This Is Not a Book 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
MNW71 More than 1 year ago
I bought this and her first book "Wreck This Journal", I have two nieces and this one is geared towards the 13 yr old. It's heavy on the list making side, things like list 5 things you would change about the world or list 10 things you see outside your window. Some of the lists were interesting and some just fun or silly but a child younger than 13 may not be interested in spending time compiling this information. I don't have kids but I think this is a great tool for this age group as they explore their identities and their place in society. This is not self help but its thought provoking and interesting. This book is very different from the first which was really about finding interesting way to destroy the journal but it does have fun challenges in it like leave this book outside overnight.
dharma0814 More than 1 year ago
I got this as a gift for my nephew's 13th birthday. At first he just looked at me like I was nuts... but once he and his friends started to leaf through it they couldn't seem to stop laughing. I think I might get one for myself :)
Nanalala More than 1 year ago
this is a great gift for those people that love books but not sure of their likes...fun, creative and outside the box!! I bought one for myself for those frustrating days-it works!!
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MKEmama More than 1 year ago
I bought 2 of this book, one for me, one for my cousin who has a very similar personality as me. We thought it would be fun to revert back to our childhood a little and try to get creative. Unfortunately it was more juvenille than either of us expected. I would say no person over the age of 16 would enjoy the activities in this book, aside from the extermely liberal and "artsy". It was just ok.