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This Is Not A Book [Paperback]

Keri Smith
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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3 Mar 2011

From the maverick creative mind behind Wreck this Journal, Keri Smith's This is Not A Book is curious, engaging, and creative rethinking of what a book can be.

This object does not exist without you. You will determine the content and the final product. All will be shaped by your imagination. You must go out into the world in order to bring it to life and complete the assignments. With intriguing prompts, you will discover that this book can be:

  • A secret message: tear out a page, write a note on it for a stranger, and leave it in a public place.
  • A recording device: have everyone you contact today write their name in the book.
  • An instrument: create as many sounds as you can using the book, like flipping the pages fast or slapping the cover.

This Is Not a Book will engage readers by having them define everything a book can be by asking, 'If it's not a book, what is it then?' - with a kaleidoscope of possible answers.

Bestselling author Keri Smith is a freelance illustrator by trade, and has illustrated for the Washington Post, The New York Times, Ford Motor Company, People, The Body Shop and Hallmark. She is the author of Wreck This Journal, How To Be An Explorer of the World and Mess. She lives in Canada.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846144442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846144448
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 12.5 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Keri Smith is an author/illustrator turned guerilla artist. She is the author of several bestselling books about creativity including How to be an Explorer of the World -the Portable Life/Art Museum,( 2008 Perigee), Wreck this Journal (2007 Perigee). Her newest book, This is Not a Book will be released fall 2009 by Penguin Books. She is the author of the popular weblog the Wish Jar which attracts over 10,000 readers daily, and writes on occasion for a variety of magazines (including How Magazine). Keri spends her days playing with her husband and son, and divides her time between upstate New York, and the countryside of Canada.

As a free lance illustrator she has worked for a wide variety of clientsworldwide. Most recently Random House, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Ford Motor Co., the Boston Globe, Galison/Mudpuppy Press, and Hallmark. In the last few years she has given lectures and workshops on the topic of "living creatively" for the How Design Conference, the OntarioGraphic Artist's Assocation, UC Davis, and schools across North America.She has been featured in How, Step by Step, Print, Bust, Wired and many more.

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About the Author

Bestselling author Keri Smith is a freelance illustrator by trade, and has illustrated for the Washington Post, The New York Times, Ford Motor Company, People, The Body Shop and Hallmark. She is the author of Wreck This Journal, How To Be An Explorer of the World and Mess. She lives in Canada.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it 16 July 2013
Format:Paperback
I bought this book after some of the girls in my class brought in their Wreck this Journals. Only one of them had a This is not a book and to be honest I liked the look of it more. It's longer, after all, so lasts longer, and you can buy it cheaper. I'm a perfectionist and hate seeing things ruined, so found this book a good way of letting go, but not to the point where I'd be snapping spines, jumping on it and throwing it up trees. The book is a great waster of time and I love it. If you're looking to buy one now, go ahead!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A-MA-ZING 29 Dec 2012
By a
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I bought this a a christmas present for my 12 year old sister and she loves it. She hasn't stopped playing with it since and she's not a big fan of books. I highly recomend it. She says it's so fun.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun! 6 Jan 2012
By Suziloo
Format:Paperback
I saw this book in an art gallery shop but bought it from Amazon as it was considerably cheaper. It's just a barrel of fun. Think of something silly to do, and this book give you permission (should you need it) to do it. I recommend this book to all those who are tempted to take themselves and/or their work too seriously. :-)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 21 April 2012
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This book was amazing! I found it made me chuckle with some of the things that you have to do in it! Highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not a book 28 Sep 2013
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Just what I wanted for a gift to grandchild. Excellent service and good packaging. Arrived earlier than date stated on original documentation
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy Buy Buy 11 Jun 2014
By M
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If you love Wreck this journal then you'll love this book! It's jam packed with so many things to do and complete. Would keep anyone who is creative busy!
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46 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 15 Dec 2009
Format:Paperback
I've only completed a few pages of this book so far, however I look forward to spending more time on it. This book is great for using you mind and imagination. Each page has a different task and it is up to you how you complete it. Perfect for anyone who is in need of something to do.

Check out Keri Smith's website and the Flickr groups for more info, and for examples of what is in the book.

I also have 'Wreck This Journal' by the same author and it is similarly awesome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic purchase! 12 Jun 2014
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Love this purchase well worth the money! Can't wait to start it properly as I'm still half way through my wreck this journal!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Got as a gift for my friend and she loved it.
Published 2 days ago by MISS K WOODACRE
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product
Great book, came in less than 2 days, exactly as described!
Published 19 days ago by Lauren Selby
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for a creative friend in need
Bought as a gift for a very creative friend who sometimes needs just a little nudge. She said she loves it and it's coming together nicely.
Published 24 days ago by Kristine
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun.
Bought as a present and loved it. So orignal.
Published 1 month ago by Janx
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Was a present that the receiver was happy with
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Jacqueline J. Cowdrey
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not a book, it's what you want it to be!
I absolutely love this book, Keri Smith is brilliant. You just make it into your own book, with your creations and your ideas, the book is your oyster! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars really love it!
I bought it from shop before, and this one is a gift for my friend, exactly same as the one i bought from bookshop but cheaper, love it!
Published 4 months ago by Ting Chen
5.0 out of 5 stars good
My daughter really loves this book. It makes people think outside their comfort zone and introduces them to a new way of seeing things.
Published 5 months ago by MissR
5.0 out of 5 stars Similar to "Wreck this Journal"
My daughter asked for "Wreck this Journal" but I also purchased this book too which is similar. Plenty to do with lots of good ideas. She loves it.
Published 6 months ago by Jules
3.0 out of 5 stars Time consuming but good if you can be bothered!
I bought this book, not knowing what to expect.
On opening it, I was given various silly tasks, that I guess are there to offer a bit of fun into a normal routine. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kat C.
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