07 September 2010

It’s a Book

Written and illustrated by Lane Smith

Walker Books. Picture Book. Hardback, rrp $27.95

Guest Reviewer - Jo Burnell

Lane Smith is the master of understatement. The two main characters and one trusty side-kick in It’s a Book are not big talkers, but they characterise to perfection the opposing stances of Book Lovers and Techno Buffs.

While Monkey quietly enjoys pages in the latest adventure story, his friend asks one foolish question after another… until he is lured to peek between the pages too. Then the fun begins.

It’s a Book will be a favourite for many years. It marks a point in history where book lovers and e-readers line up on opposite sides, forgetting that their passions are the same – reading.

Monkey is no fool, but can you guess the name of his foolish friend?

The last page has a delicious twist – but no peeking. Enjoy the simplicity of strong colours and well chosen words. It doesn’t last long.


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