Inaho Kitab (it's a Book) by Lane Smith


Inaho Kitab (it's a Book) by Lane Smith

When a tech-savvy donkey comes across a monkey reading a book he questions him about what technological specifications it has- from texting to requiring a password to needing to be recharged. In the end, donkey keeps the book and monkey cannot help but get frustrated with donkey and reiterate It's a book, jackass.


Lane Smith brilliantly captures the fears of today's book lovers over e-readers in a children's book - and does so with great humor The New York Post Donkey's gradual capitulation to the power of a real book is marked by both the hands of the clock (in a droll double-page time-lapse sequence) and the angles of his ears. But it's a mouse's final insouciant line that garners the biggest laugh The Washington Post Those of us for whom books are a faith in themselves - who find the notion that pixels, however ordered, could be any kind of substitute for the experience of reading in a chair with the strange thing spread open on our lap - will love this book. Though it will surely draw a laugh from kids, it will give even more pleasure to parents who have been trying to make loudly the point that Smith's book makes softly: that the virtues of a book are independent of any bells, whistles or animation it might be made to contain... For in trying to make the case for books to our kids, exactly the case we want to make is not that they can compete with the virtues of computer or screens, but that they do something else: that they allow for a soulfulness the screens, with their jumpy impersonality, cannot duplicate ... The moral of Smith's book is the right one: not that screens are bad and books are good, but that what books do depends on the totality of what they are - their turning pages, their sturdy self-sufficiency, above all the way they invite a child to withdraw from this world into a world alongside ours in an activity at once mentally strenuous and physically still -- Adam Gopnick The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Lane Smith is a bestselling author and illustrator. He is best known in the UK for his brilliantly quirky and silly collaborations with Jon Scieszka, in particular for the multi award-winning The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. Lane lives in a small town in rural Connecticut, USA, with his wife Molly, a picture book designer.

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32 pages


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Publication date

23rd May 2013



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