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It's a Little Book Board book – Illustrated, 9 May 2013

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  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Illustrated edition edition (9 May 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 023076875X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230768758
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.4 x 15.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lane Smith is a bestselling author and illustrator best known in the UK for IT'S A BOOK (978-0-330-54402-3), his wonderfully observed picture book which provides a playful examination of print as a medium in the modern age. Lane's most recent picture book offering for Macmillan is the poignant and touching GRANDPA GREEN (978-1-4472-1835-7) in which a grandpa's memories are told to his grandson through the shapes of his trees. Lane is a huge star in his native US where his picture books regularly feature at the top of the New York Times bestseller list. He lives in a small town in rural Connecticut with his wife, Molly, a picture book designer.

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By Nicky on 11 Jun. 2013
Format: Board book
A great little book for toddlers, easy reading with nice clear pictures, then when child gets older you can buy "it's a book" which is even better
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By The Literacy Advocate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Board book
Having only gotten into the Amazon review process fairly recently (my reviews usually go directly to publishers), I had occasion, when creating a lesson/program plan, to pick up the wonderful IT'S A BOOK and its junior version, IT'S A LITTLE BOOK, once again. I did not consult any reviews when I originally purchased the book, and have had great success, as well as a ton of fun, using this picture book with both adult and child audiences to illustrate the importance of "true life" books! I was quite surprised at the controversial aspects posed by reviewers regarding vocabulary in the book, and other complaints. I was even more surprised at reviews which criticized this board book version as being flimsy, not sturdy, and stupid. Yikes!

My take on this lovely little book is that it is a fable for us in modern times....and it is, quite simply and totally, exactly what it purports to be at face value. In the larger picture book version, the the animal being spoken to on the final page of the book is, indeed, a jackass. The book makes its point in a simple, almost brilliant way...and reminds us all not to become jackasses ourselves by forgetting to recognize the incredible value of a true life, actual, physical, text, book! I encourage all to read with a smile and don't take this book overly seriously, but to take its message to heart. Would many of our young children recognize a cassette tape (forget 8-track!), or a princess phone (from the old AT&T days), or even a 33LP record album? Heaven forbid we ever get to a time in our society when, like the jackass, we cannot recognize an actual book because they, too, have become obsolete. This time, however, we can do so with a smile on our faces as we read this clever story!

I have always recommended IT'S A LITTLE BOOK to those who found the language in the picture book objectionable, especially if using with younger children. The board book, published the year following its namesake's publication, is an even kinder and gentler version of the same story....and baby jackass, in diapers in this version, is not called by his name; he's merely referred to as "silly" on the last page for being unable to recognize a book.

My copy of this book, and all of the copies which I have seen (sold to parents and teachers during fundraising events at school), is quite like every other well-made board book produced by a major publishing company. Perhaps this book surprised some readers with its unabashed viewpoint? Since its publication, other picture and board books have pushed the envelope so much farther (such as GET THE F*** TO SLEEP), that this little book now seems quite tame in comparison. There is however, little doubt that IT'S A BOOK and IT'S A LITTLE BOOK are both intended to teach a gentle lesson to both children AND adults....unlike the typical picture book, which has primarily children as the target audience. I believe that both IT'S A BOOK titles do the job quite effectively.

In the end, IT'S A LITTLE BOOK reminds us to remind ourselves and our youngest readers that, in our celebration of technology, we cannot afford to lose sight of the precious celebration that is "the book."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
fun! 17 Dec. 2013
By John Dannenfeldt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Board book
Glad they made a version w/o "ass" in it! Like the other version, too, but this is better for littler ones!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Amusing story for the parent, but not sturdy 17 Feb. 2013
By Havalah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
Like so many board books, this book pages just aren't thick enough to actually be considered a good board book. It's only slightly thicker than maybe a cereal box's cardboard doubled? Which is a shame given the gag for the book is the proper use of a book for little ones. The story itself is briefly written and sparsely illustrated but both are done very very well, bemusing this mother. I would order this book only if your child has already learned how to handle a book (doesn't fight you for flipping pages or they are still wanting books in their mouths).
5star (or better) content on 3.5 star material. 3 April 2014
By Erik S. Harding - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Board book
This is the best little kids book I've ever read. Essentially this is a micro-play for toddlers that uses the book itself as a prop. Parents can ham it up for laughs and really get the kids in to it. My kids love it. But the very fact that the book is a prop, makes the medium board stock the publisher used very noticeable. Medium stock should be fine in a typical board book, but the use of this book as a prop while you read puts quite a strain on it. I guess when our copy wears out I'll just have to buy another one. Well worth it, even if i end up buying 3 or 4 copies before they grow out of it
its a little book 31 Mar. 2014
By Pam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
The kids in my preschool class loved this book. It was a great length for preschoolers and we read it over and over!!!
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