Review: This is Not a Book

Posted on April 27, 2016


ThisNotBook cover

This is Not a Book
By Jean Jullien
Phaidon Press
March 2016
32 pages

This is Not a Book is a unique conceptual board book that encourages toddlers to think outside the book. Each 2-page spread is an invitation to use our imaginations as we gaze into a monster’s mouth, type a message on a laptop, choose a snack from the frig, play a song on the piano, and prop up the book to make a tent. There’s even a bare butt to make us giggle. In an enticing 4-page gatefold spread we find the same boy who’s peeking through the mail slot from the back cover to the front cover is inside the house reading an actual book titled “This is a Book.” In the end we slap the sturdy pages together and make two hands clap in appreciation. Jullien’s bold lines and bright colors set a playful tone for this fun book. Each time a young child picks up This is Not a Book it will become whatever he wants it to be.

Copyright (c) 2016 by Peggy Tibbetts

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