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A curious, engaging, and creative rethinking of what a book can be, from the creator of Wreck this Journal.

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

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Overview


Read Keri Smith's posts on the Penguin Blog

A curious, engaging, and creative rethinking of what a book can be, from the creator of Wreck this Journal.

In this uniquely skewed look at the purpose and function of “a book,” Keri Smith offers an illustrated guide that asks 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 will engage readers by having them define everything a book can be by asking, “If it’s not a book, what is it then?”—with a kaleidoscope of possible answers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846144448
  • Publisher: Particular Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2011
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Keri Smith is a bestselling author, illustrator, and thinker. Her books demonstrate a 'learn by doing approach', and are being used in school curriculums all over the world as a way of fostering non-traditional methods of exploration. She also teaches and conducts workshops based on her non-traditional techniques across North America. Her books include: Wreck This Journal, How to Be an Explorer of the World, This is Not a Book, Mess - A Manual of Accidents and Mistakes, Finish This Book, and Pocket Scavenger. She enjoys spending time with her husband, experimental musician Jefferson Pitcher, and two children Tilden and Ida.
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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    13-17 yrs old crowd

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2010

    Great for Teens

    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 :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2010

    Great Gift!!

    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!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

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    Different, but just OK

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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