Book : my autobiography (#0732VV0)

by Agard, John; illustrated by Packer, Neil

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6 reviews & awards | 5 full-text reviews

Hardcover Candlewick Press, 2015
Price: USD 13.79
Description: 131 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Dewey: 002; Int Lvl: 5-8; Rd Lvl: 4.7
AR 6.4 MG 2 176684EN; RC 8.6 5; LEX 1020L


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Includes bibliographical references. A history of books, from clay tablet to e-reader and everything in between.

From the Publisher
Books contain countless tales—but what if Book told its own story? From clay tablets to e-readers, here is a quirky, kid-friendly look at the book.

Books are one of humankind’s greatest forms of expression, and now Book, in a witty, idiosyncratic voice, tells us the inside story. A wonderfully eccentric character with strong opinions and a poetic turn of phrase, Book tells of a journey from papyrus scrolls to medieval manuscripts to printed paper and beyond—pondering, along the way, many bookish things, including the evolution of the alphabet, the library (known to Egyptians as "the healing place of the soul"), and even book burning. With bold, black-and-white illustrations by Neil Packer, Book is a captivating work of nonfiction by one of England's leading poets.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication Date: October 6, 2015
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edition: First U.S. edition 2015.
  • Dewey: 002
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 131 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Tracings: Packer, Neil, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 0-7636-7236-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7636-7236-2
  • LCCN: 2014-939343
  • Follett Number: 0732VV0
  • Interest Level: 5-8
  • Reading Level: 4.7
  • ATOS Book Level: 6.4
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 2
  • AR Quiz: 176684EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 8.6
  • Reading Counts Points: 5
  • Lexile: 1020L

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 10/15/15
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 01/01/16
  • Horn Book Guide, 04/01/16
  • Kirkus Reviews, 08/15/15
  • Publishers Weekly Annex, 09/28/15
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), 12/01/15

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (October 15, 2015 (Vol. 112, No. 4))
Grades 5-8. Be still youth librarian hearts. Consider this a love letter to the physical object of the book, chronicled through time with humorous lyricism by Agard, a Guyanese British poet and author. From story to writing to alphabet, the evolution of the book as an item, up to and including its transformation into e-books, is told in first person by “Book,” which shares its memoir with Agard, who duly “transcribes” it for the reader. The lighthearted narrative is interspersed with relevant quotes, myths, poems, and Packer’s fittingly whimsical black-and-white illustrations. Back matter includes a brief but excellent source list of adult titles. Creative educators may find that this slim volume serves as an instructional model for projects that document the development of one of humankind’s most important handiworks. Teachers, librarians, and young readers with an interest in the format of books over time will especially appreciate Book’s open account of bearing witness to change.

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