This Is Not A Book

A unique board book that facilitates interactive, imaginative play through visual imagery that is designed to become almost anything — other than a book.

Author / Illustrator: Jean Jullien

Length: 34 pages

Ages: 1-5

Word Choice: This is a wordless book, with an appropriate title as it is does not have an inherent story.  

Illustrations: Each double-spread page contains a distinct picture in which the binding helps the representation of a 3 dimensional object or space.  We really enjoyed the pages that depict something that opens, or bends or folds (such as a laptop, fridge or tent). The favorite page for my kids was the piano, they both would break out into song when we came to it.

Read-aloud-ability: This is a unusual book, in that it facilitates play rather than reading or conversation.  We had a lot of fun playing together (and learning to take turns!) with this amusing book, with no reading or story telling involved.

Additional thoughts:  There are two pages that some parents might find inappropriate as they open up to depict a butt. We found it rather unexpected (my son thought it was a plant at first) but amusing.  Aside from any concerns regarding that page, overall I loved the fact that this book encourages independent creative play, and thought that it would be a smart choice if one is looking for a book to bring along on a trip as it doubles as a toy.

Kids’ Vote: 4 Stars

Parents’ Vote: 4 Stars

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

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