Many people believed that Lane Smith’s original It’s a Book where Jackass the adult donkey cannot understand the non-technological nature of this object Monkey calls a ‘book’ was a children’s book that was not suitable or intended for a child audience…
It’s a Little Book, Smith’s companion board book that places diapers on Donkey and Monkey while posing the same question of the readers: have we lost our understandings of books in this digital age?
What is that? asks Baby Donkey
Baby Donkey continues to ask Baby
Monkey what this object is for:
And Baby Monkey repeatedly tells Baby Donkey:
until finally Baby Monkey tells Baby Donkey that its for reading because…
The rhythm of the question and answer format of this board book is easy to follow along to and adds to its comic nature. While this book is intended to appeal to a young audience someone of any age would delight in its simplicity! Lane’s subtle use of different fonts for Donkey and Monkey’s dialogue help establish the colder digital persona of donkey and the warmer print-friendly personality of Monkey.
I appreciate Lane Smith’s ability to start conversations among children about more serious topics such as aging in the recently reviewed Grandpa Green and about the danger of the digital age today in It’s a Little Book.
This simple and comic story would make a great gift for younger children. I can see myself giving this book to expectant mothers or couples that are book lovers as a gift at a baby shower. This book is also great for parents, kindergarten teachers, and librarians to teach children how to handle books.
Its a Little Book the perfect gift for your friend who is married to their kindle. Poke fun at them and give them a subtle hint that digital books cannot stand up to their print counterparts.
Long live books in print!