Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Review - This Is Not a Picture Book!

This Is Not a Picture Book!

by Sergio Ruzzier
Date: 2016
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 40
Format: e-book
Source: library

In this quirky yet sweet picture book about the joy and power of reading, Duck learns that even books without pictures can be fun. While he and his friend Bug may struggle at first to decipher their book, they stick with it, and before long they discover that not only can they read it, but it deserves a place on the shelf with all their favorite picture books. Author-artist Sergio Ruzzier has created a fanciful tribute to books of all kinds. It includes both words AND pictures.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

I don't get it.

This is a picture book celebrating the power of books without pictures.

I think the message would have been stronger (and less confusing) had the book had no pictures. And the title just makes no sense. Are we gaslighting kids now? This is most definitely a picture book!

There are better books out there that celebrate reading.

Premise: 1/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 2/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 2/5

Enjoyment: 0/5

Overall: 1.33 out of 5

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