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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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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 |
It's a book about a jackass mule a monkey and a book. The jackass mule is all about his laptop technology and asks the monkey if his book works just like his laptop for the whole book until jackass finally takes the book and reads it as a book.
  rleung | Aug 10, 2014 |
I'm not sure if the below trailer enhances or detracts from the message of Lane Smith's "It's a Book". I understand that these trailers can be useful if one is advertising, but oh the irony.


I LOVED this book. I want to own it. I want to use it. It's a gentle, glorious reminders of all that is RIGHT about reading. AND I adore the fact that Smith uses the device of defining something by what it ISN'T, not by what it IS. I once engaged in a writing exercise that employed this technique, and I am including it below in case the connection warrants itself to some future lesson

"It's easier to say what play is not than what it is. Play is not reaching toward a goal, striving, straining toward perfection. Play is not putting in your time, practicing with a metronome, measuring out your successes and failures, hoping against hope that positive effects of your successes outweigh the negative impacts of your bad choices. Play is not duty. Play is not a careful listing of pros and cons, and then going with the most logical choice. (Though one may weigh pros and cons within the context of play, this is a side-effect, not the first cause) Play is lighthearted, unpretentious, the least self-conscious of all activities. Play is unfettered joy made tangible. Play is twirling lavender skirts. Play is singing for joy in the shower, shooting hoops at sunset, walking silly in public, and blowing bubbles in the bathtub. Play is finger-painting with the soul. Play is freedom." ( )
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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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