Monday, October 18, 2010

Picture Book Spotlight - Books about books.

There is a lot of talk these days about whether the book format will survive in today's electronics-dominated world. If we read these two books to our young children, we will all have counter-arguments to support books as a viable format:

It's a Book, by Lane Smith, features Monkey trying to relax by reading a book. Jackass, his high-tech friend, is unfamiliar with the medium (books) and plays a version of 20 Questions with Monkey to help him figure out what is so great about a book. Lane Smith gives us an amusing repositioning of a book's continuing value in a high-tech world!

We Are in a Book, by Mo Willems, gives us the very funny story of Elephant and Piggie, who realize that they are characters in a book and then must deal with a variety of consequences due to the implications and constraints that books afford and enforce. After you read this book, the world "banana" will never be the same. Clever, funny, and with an ending that is sure to guarantee multiple readings at bedtime...or any time!

As an added enticement, check out this video clip from It's a Book for a taste of what Monkey has to endure...

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