Yesterday as we were sorting paperwork at home, I found $150 worth of gift certificates to The Tattered Cover, our large local independent. So, naturally I stopped in on my way home from the dentist's office. I picked up a few gems (hurrah, more blog material)!
The first was It's a Book by Lane Smith. I love this book, written with Lane Smith's typical humor and tongue-in-cheek style. Lane, a frequent collaborator with Jon Scieszka, has written a "book" taking a jab at the digital age. Why? "It's a book, Jackass!" (you'll understand this line when you read it).
dix b%k md me *L*! itz Lane's wA of sAyn datbux r impt. We cnot 4gt hw gud it feels 2 hld a b%k n r hands. evn W II d teknoloG w'v 2day! itz hs statemnt of how impt holdN a b%k n yr h& S! (See if you can transl8 this).
The illustrations in this book are simple, subtle, and superb! With just a twist of an eyebrow, a change in the corner of a smile, or by a nod and a tip of a hat, Lane captures such an important story taking a jab at today's technology. The monkey, the mouse, and the "donkey" are developed as rich characters via simple dialogue and rich illustrations. I can't wait to read it at my next gathering of teacher friends or at my next inservice...
It's among one of several gems I picked up yesterday... and the good news is, I still have $90 to spend. Yesterday, I had two great finds... the gift certificates and this book!