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It's A Book

Smith, Lane

(Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
It's A Book
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Two readers compare a print to digital media, and learn books are still valuable.
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781596436060
1596436069
Branch Call Number: J PIC S
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Alternate Title: It is a book

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fun premise. hilarious to hear my toddler echoing "does it need a password?" no, it's a book! the main character is a "jackass" which you see from the first page. we've edited that to donkey in our house;).

Aug 22, 2014
  • SurreySemiahmoo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Playful and lighthearted with a subversive twist. More about Lane Smith: www.lanesmithbooks.com

Jan 30, 2014
  • theresaannalee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is very adorable and teaches children the about the pro's of reading a book as opposed to the cons of using modern technology. The illustrations are very cute, too. HOWEVER, like maparcells has stated in their comment, the very last page of the book makes a very adult joke for a picture book. A little mouse says to the donkey that's using technology instead of books, "It's a book, jacka--." Of course we all know that is the technical term for a donkey, but the context in relation to the rest of the book alludes to the OTHER use of the term 'jacka--.' Some parents may not mind explaining this to their little ones, and for those families, this book will be just fine, but I know of many parents that would be a bit outraged by this. It's your call.

Jul 14, 2013
  • Ubalstecha rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is a clever look at a young person coming into contact with a book for the first time. He goes through a series of questions about what you can do with it. An older person is disgusted with the lack of knowledge the young'un is showing. It ends with a comment that will make adults laugh but has guaranteed that this book will continue to end up on school banned lists.

Sep 17, 2012
  • maparcells rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This book has a great premise in the age of technology in which we live. It would be a delightful book except for the derogatory use of the word "jackass" at the end. This book is not appropriate to read to young children in my opinion.

Parents please be advised that the book uses the word "jackass" twice. In the title page it is used in correct form where the donkey is referred to as a jackass which I had no problem explaining to my 6 year old that sometimes a donkey is called a jackass. If he said that at school when they were talking about donkeys then I don't think he would get sent to the office. On the other hand, at the end of the book the mouse says "IT'S A BOOK, JACKASS." Clearly as the author states on his own personal blog that the jackass is annoying to the monkey and in my opinion the word is used in derogatory fashion to call him a name at the end. My 6 year old even stated, "that's a bad word, Mom" and proceeded to ask why it was in the book. I was miffed and told him I wasn't sure and that they should have used a different word. I then had to tell him that is a word that he should not repeat and that he would get in trouble at school if he did. It ruined the book.

Jul 25, 2012
  • emilymelissabee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A quirky and fun read for parents and kids alike, this book teasingly refers to a digital generation's understanding of books as a novelty.

May 09, 2012
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my all-time favourites

May 02, 2012
  • ballantynemccallum rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

LOVE THIS BOOK! So hilarious, Fun and greatly written recommend this book for 11 and older; has a bad word, but still delicious! :D

Oct 15, 2011
  • littlemissanachronist rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Witty, subversive and a rallying cry for bibliophiles (and their kids)!

Aug 31, 2011
  • ruthiepaint rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book uses another word for donkey, which might not be appropriate for all children. But if your an open and silly parent,this book is a delightful comparison between technology and tangiable literature.

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Sep 17, 2012
  • maparcells rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

maparcells thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

May 02, 2012
  • ballantynemccallum rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

ballantynemccallum thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

Apr 20, 2011
  • Indigo_Jellyfish_12 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Indigo_Jellyfish_12 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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Sep 17, 2012
  • maparcells rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Parents please be advised that the book uses the word "jackass" twice. The second time it is an derogatory fashion.

May 02, 2012
  • ballantynemccallum rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: jackass; but says it only once, but still amazing book.

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May 02, 2012
  • ballantynemccallum rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A book about a jackass asking what is a book? Thinks it has a keyboard, and other crazy things like that! Also, This book comes in french/francais.

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May 02, 2012
  • ballantynemccallum rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Amazing Book, Its a book."

-Ballantyne McCallum

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