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It's A Book (2010)

by Lane Smith, Lane Smith (Illustrator)

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This little book was hilarious. My husband, 9 year old daughter, and myself all got a good laugh out of it. It is so interesting and realistic to poke fun at our society and how we have forgotten how to use a book. It does not use any technology; instead, it is a beautiful collection of words that tell a story. While my husband and I thought it was quite funny, I think the word "jackass" is a little much for a children's book. I could definitely, however, use this in my high school English classroom as an ice breaker on the first day of school! the book made me think of a famous Albert Einstein quote in which he worries one day we will become idiots too dependent on developing technology. ( )
  KMClark | Jul 5, 2014 |
A donkey is on the computer and a monkey is reading a book. The donkey wants to know what the book does and finally figures out it doesnt do anything the computer does.
  ashleyann65 | Jul 1, 2014 |
a donkey who is on a computer is inquiring to a monkey reading a book about the book. He is asking questions about what the book can do like "do you have a mouse?" and "how do you scroll?". This is a great book to facilitate a discussion about books vs electronics ( )
  Trinityc | May 10, 2014 |
This book shows us how much technology is taking over and how children are getting more used to using things as tablets and phones rather than hardcover books. ( )
  tzarate | Apr 24, 2014 |
This book was pretty funny. It really speaks to today's generation. So many kids are
playing with tablets, or video games, or even cell phones. The main character a donkey
is playing with a tablet when the monkey walks over to him with a book. The donkey
doesn't know what to do with it so he starts asking questions as if it was a tablet. All
monkey keeps saying is it is book. He is bring the old fashion book back to the donkey
who is stuck with high technology obsessions. ( )
  heyleigh | Mar 16, 2014 |
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Donkey's gradual capitulation to the power of a real book is marked by both the hands of the clock (in a droll double-page time-lapse sequence) and the angles of his ears. But it's a mouse's final insouciant line that garners the biggest laugh.
 

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A tech-savvy jackass and a bookish monkey become engaged in a dialogue over what, exactly, the monkey has-- "It's a book." The jackass asks a long list of questions about the book's potential for technological capabilities, to which the monkey keeps replying "It's a book." Slowly, the jackass becomes swayed by the power of the simple book and the pleasure of reading.
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Two readers compare a print to digital media, and learn books are still valuable.

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