It’s a Book by Lane Smith

41keomfql It’s a Book by Lane Smith, Roaring Book Press, 9781596436060, 2010

Format: Hardcover

Rating: (1-5. 5 is a starred review) 4

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? This is a hilarious book that points out just how ridiculous our society has become in the information age. The cast of characters is introduced on the first page, a mouse, a jackass, and a monkey. When the jackass asks the monkey what he has in his hands, the hilarity begins with the jackass asking if he needs a password to use it. It follows with and any other computer term you can think of. The jackass has no idea of what a book is, but by the end of the book, he is hooked on reading a book. The final page completes the tongue in cheek humor when he says he’ll charge it up when he’s done, and the mouse, in very tiny letters says, “It’s a book, jackass.”

Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about the book.

To Whom Would You Recommend this book? Children ages, 5-7 will like the humor. Parents will also like the humor. Younger children might not realize that it’s not appropriate to call a person a jackass, however.

Who should buy this book? Libraries with children’s rooms.

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.

Date of review: Feb. 4, 2017


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