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It's A Book by Lane Smith

It's A Book (2010)

by Lane Smith, Lane Smith (Illustrator)

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Not quite the same as the video - if you liked that, read this, too. I think I appreciated the irony of the video more, though.... ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
This is a checky book about paper verses technology. The simplicity of the book is lost on Monkey's friend Jackass and Mouse. It's a Book is a fun way to remind students of pre-technology/computers. Sharing this before a history lesson about the changing times would be fun. ( )
  mhilary | Mar 15, 2015 |
A simple tale that compares new high tech devices with traditional paper books. It cleverly written and point out the true appeal of getting lost in the simple pages of a book. The story itself is enough and sometimes better then all the bells and whistles of modern technology. I would use this book with older students. It could be a introduction to a compare and contrast between the old and new. Kids could journal about the future of actual books in American society. Humorous. ( )
  Lisapier | Feb 18, 2015 |
This is a comical story about books versus computers. Although a children's book, there is definitely caters to adult humor. I'm not so sure I would actually read it to a child but I enjoyed it for my reading challenge :) ( )
  Anietzerck | Dec 27, 2014 |
The ultimate battle between entertainment devices: old versus new, low-tech versus high tech; pitching friends - a donkey and a monkey - against each other.

Cue "Eye of the Tiger". *bobs head back and forth*

These days we're more likely to pick up a shiny and versatile iPad before we'd even look at the one-trick pony of a book, dismissing their simplicity by thinking it's synonymous with boring. Far from it! The simple things in life can be the most enjoyable.

I can imagine children having this exact conversation either among themselves or with an adult. It's a cute way to introduce children to the now old fashioned notion of holding and reading a physical book.

As soon as I was done fawning over this I passed it on to my sick mother who's been miserable of late and it produced a fit of laughter - a surprisingly happy sound I've been missing of late.

Beautifully illustrated with such an adorable and timely little story to perk up anyone's day, It's a Book... so awesome it should be on every child's bibliophile's bookshelf. ( )
  Cynical_Ames | Sep 23, 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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