Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The end of the picture book?















In the midst of the prevailing brouhaha about the end of the picture book - and the end of traditional books in general - enter, It's a Book, a picture book in the traditional format, by Lane Smith. Published in August 2010 by Roaring Book Press, It's a Book makes an implicit and compelling case for the traditional book, in a lighthearted way, with very few words - and some pictures (which, BTW, is the theme of this blog).

While those who write, illustrate, read and adore picture books are still reeling from last week's New York Times story pronouncing doom for the picture book, this is fun to read -  a welcome bit of comic respite in a season of publishing gloom.

P.S. This just in - how convenient! A review of It's A Book in the Sunday, October 17 New York Times.

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4 comments:

Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, I haven't seen that one yet. I'll be sure to check it out!

Pen and Ink said...

Dear Ms. Megan

They'll have to pry the last picture book from my cold, dead hands.

Sincerely,
Card Carrying, Book Toting Member of SCBWI

Megan Frances said...

Hi Corey
Yes, the book is very clever. I came across it at Barnes & Noble when I was looking for something else - and realized I had to take it home.

Megan Frances said...

Hi card carrier
You - and many of our confreres!