Book Review: It’s a Book by Lane Smith

It's a Book cover

It’s a Book by Lane Smith, Walker Books, RRP $29.99, ISBN 9781921720147, Available now.

Monkey is reading a book. Jackass is having trouble getting his head around that concept.

The story is awesome, the pictures are gorgeous and I laughed and laughed.

Sure I could tell you how it’s a postmodern commentary on our connected society, our growing inability to admire an object for its presence and only appreciate it for its utility, our disconnection from the human universal of the story and all that the story has given us over the many thousands of years of homo sapiens’ existence.

But I’d just be making that up.

I loved it.

Do you blog with it?

No, it’s a book


It’s A Book

It’s a Book






No . . . It’s a book.

For lovers and defenders of book culture of all ages – arm yourselves with this book and unite!


A new technological breakthrough! It doesn’t involve tangled cords, won’t  require the upload of apps and never needs charging.

Who can deny the simple appeal of a good book?

Playful and lighthearted with a subversive twist that is signature Lane Smith, IT’S A BOOK is a delightful manifesto on behalf of print in the digital age. This satisfying, perfectly executed picture book has something to say to all readers of all ages.

Monkey is reading a book, but his friend wants to know what the book can do. Does it have a mouse like his computer? Can you make the characters fight? And does it make loud noises? No, it’s a book. Monkey’s friend has a delightful epiphany when he discovers that a good book doesn’t need fancy electronic accessories.

From New York Times bestselling author Lane Smith.

‘A must read for every publisher concerned about the impact of electronic publishing issues and every child who wants to enjoy more of their childhood and Lane Smith’s arch style. A devilish ending may scare a few . . . if it’s you? Lighten up.’

Publisher’s Weekly Staff Picks 2010

There was a bidding war over this book when it was presented at Bologna earlier this year and Walker scooped the ANZ rights! So far, It’s a Book is going to be published in Australia, New Zealand, England, Netherlands, France, Italy, Japan, Korea and Sweden!

Published: September 2010

AUD$27.95   NZD$29.99

Hardback Picture Book

Isbn: 9781921720147

For more information:

It’s A Book! I love it!

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Okay peoples, I have decided to compile a list of book related peoples on Twitter. To make it a little easier to go through I’ve divided them into rough groups.

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Phew. There’s a lot of you, isn’t there?