Monday, May 16, 2011

Picture Book of the Month: It's a Book

Lately I've become a big fan of the work of Lane Smith, in particular of two picture books by Smith: John, Paul, George, & Ben (2006) and It's a Book (2010). The picture book for this month is It's a Book, a clever and witty story about a monkey, a mouse, and a jackass who are sitting together while going about their business. The monkey and the mouse are occupied with a book, while the jackass is busy typing away on his computer.

He constantly bugs the monkey, asking him whether his book can "text, blog, scroll, wi-fi, or tweet." The book is simply charming, the ending is unexpected, and all the small details are very nice to notice (such as the types of fonts used for each of the characters). This book is a must to check out, and if you become a fan of it, which I'm sure you will, keep a look out for It's a Little Book, coming out this October.

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