Thursday, January 13, 2011

It's a Book - Book Review

A funny story happened on the way to Christmas...

I stumbled upon the book It's a Book while preparing a presentation in October.
Enjoy this trailer from MacMillan Publishing Co:

I decided then and there that all my nieces and nephews should have a copy of this book for Christmas.  With the Ebook explosion the younger ones especially may not ever really get as deeply involved with paper as they do with electronic media and texts of all kinds.
As a teacher this was an important part of my message that day.

While I would never propose trading out paper books for Ebooks, as teachers, we have to make sure that what we do in the classroom matches how students learn. 
What was good enough for us is not necessarily good for them, and we have to be prepared to teach using the media that our students embrace.
Yada, yada, yada...

The book was so popular over the holidays when I was ordering our gifts that I could only order 3 at a time.

My firstborn was a huge help to me with giftwrapping this Christmas, and she offered to wrap the books as they came in.
After opening one of several shipments, she sat quietly and thumbed through the book.

"Mom," she said.
"Did you realize that the donkey in this book is called a jackass?"


"See, Mom, it says it right here."

"Well," I said.  "Even in the movie Pinnochio they use the word 'jackass'."

My firstborn kept reading  as the "jackass" gets more involved with the monkey's book.

Finally, the monkey can stand it no more when the donkey (talking about the monkey's book) says..."Don't worry, I'll charge it up when I'm done."

My firstborn said, "Um, better look at this before you give it to the cousins...all under the age of 10."

My youngest (6) was reading one of the other copies of It's a Book waiting to be wrapped and get me kicked out of my family.

"What's this word, Mommy?"


Instead of giving this book (which is absolutely hilarious btw) to the children, I gave one copy per family to the they could decide when to introduce this new vocabulary word to their children.

You have no idea!


  1. Compared to some of the words I've heard come out of 6 yr olds, jackass is nothing!lolol

    In fact jackass would be a vocabulary improvement....hehehehe, what was that thing again?
    Right....a book! ;-)

  2. I have to find out if this is available in the UK. I will be giving nothing else as presents all year!

  3. I got a copy myself from my Book Blog Secret Santa and I loved it, just loved it. But, as a children's book I was surprised at the use of the word Jackass at the end of the book. It makes me wonder if this is more suited to adults. My favorite page... Do you blog with it? No, it's a Book.

  4. I liked it as well, but it is geared toward older kids IMO.

  5. It looks like a beautiful book, and I'll bet all your small relatives have heard worse in the playground, but I quite see that it's a diplomatic challenge! I think your solution was perfect.

  6. Hee hee! Close call there - but funny!

  7. Very cute. I want to read It's a book, now.

  8. This is hilarious. I want to read this book but a) I haven't run across it at my bookstore b)I can't order it for my school library. I do love Lane Smith and will investigate further...