Books of the Week - It's A Book

It's a Book by Lane Smith

In the age of e-readers, computers, ipods, and other various technology this books feels timely and yet a hair premature. Sure, kids get computers, but will they understand the references to twitter and blogs? I'm not so sure. In fact, the book felt very much like a picture book for adults. Often we debate strong language in young adult books (i.e. cursing). I wonder how parents feel that the last sentence of the book is, "It's a Book, jackass." True, the character in the story is in fact a jackass, but that is not how that word reads and I'm not certain parents are going to be thrilled with that one.

But I like the book, purely from an adult level. I think it is funny, pertinent, and I love Lane Smith's illustrations. However, I don't think I will be reading it to my nephew any time soon. If ever. Either that or the end may be missing a word.