"Can it text? Blog? Scroll? Wi-fi? Tweet? No...it's a book." (excerpt from book cover)
Overall Rating: ***** (out of five)
- Plot. I am strongly in favor of exposing children to the value of books, and though this book highlights all of the things that books can't do, it also highlights what books can do.
- Illustrations. The pictures in the book are adorable and evocative. The full page spread without words that shows the jackass (because, hey, that's what donkeys are sometimes called) discovering how engaging a book can be is beautifully illustrative of the magic of the printed word.
- One of the Characters is a Jackass. Literally (see above). And it is introduced as such on the first page, setting up to the book's punchline. If anyone objects to exposing their children to a less than flattering term used in its correct context, then just read it for fun and don't share it with the kiddies.