Wednesday, July 6

This is Not a Picture Book

This is Not a Picture Book
Written and illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier

My rating: ★★★

ISBN: 978-1452129075
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Date of publication: May 3, 2016
Age: 3 - 6 years
Format: library book

Themes: reading, imagination, books, ducks, bookworm

Duck finds a book and is upset that there's no pictures. How is he supposed to understand the story? While he and his friend Bug may struggle at first to decipher their book, they stick with it, and before long they discover that not only can they read it, but it deserves a place on the shelf with all their favorite picture books.

Quirky, fanciful, and endearing are my words for this book. I think I was hoping for something a bit more humorous, but this is, in fact, rather poetic and thought-provoking. I didn't love it, but it's another great readaloud for storytime when one needs a book about books. Or, if you're just trying to promote a love of reading with your kids.

The illustrations are not my favorite; they're slightly odd. They have a bit of a Dr.-Seuss-vibe, though, so some may come to enjoy it. I did appreciate having Bug, the book worm, come out of the gutter of the book—a nice detail added. Also, the end pages are really fascinating additions to the story—expertly done. Overall, it's something to have on your radar.

Find it at your library or on Amazon

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