This is Not a Book

This is Not a Book

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Read Keri Smith's posts on the Penguin Blog A curious, engaging, and creative rethinking of what a book can be, from the creator of "Wreck this Journal." In this uniquely skewed look at the purpose and function of a book, Keri Smith offers an illustrated guide that asks readers to creatively examine all the different ways This Is Not a Book can be used. With intriguing prompts, readers will discover that the book can be: A secret message "tear out a page, write a note on it for a stranger, and leave it in a public place." A recording device "have everyone you contact today write their name in the book." An instrument "create as many sounds as you can using the book, like flipping the pages fast or slapping the cover." "This Is Not a Book" will engage readers by having them define everything a book can be by asking, If it s not a book, what is it then? with a kaleidoscope of possible answers."show more

Product details

  • 18+
  • Paperback | 221 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 15.24mm | 317.51g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Perigee Books,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0399535217
  • 9780399535215
  • 18,696

About Keri Smith

Keri Smith is a bestselling author, illustrator, and thinker. Her books demonstrate a 'learn by doing approach', and are being used in school curriculums all over the world as a way of fostering non-traditional methods of exploration. She also teaches and conducts workshops based on her non-traditional techniques across North America. Her books include: "Wreck This Journal, How to Be an Explorer of the World, This is Not a Book, Mess - A Manual of Accidents and Mistakes, Finish This Book," and "Pocket Scavenger." She enjoys spending time with her husband, experimental musician Jefferson Pitcher, and two children Tilden and more

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Read Keri Smith's posts on the Penguin Blog A curious, engaging, and creative rethinking more

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Praise for This is Not a Book “By the time you finish with This is Not a Book, it may look like a well-used journal, a bulky photo album, an organized scrapbook, or a combination of all three. . . . [Smith’s] tasks are diverse and short in explanation, but they all push you to think, create or experience.” —Curled Up with a Good Book “This is Not a Book is fun, creative and makes you think outside the box.” —Just One More Thing Praise for Keri Smith “Keri Smith may well be the self-help guru this DIY generation deserves.” —The Believer “A conceptual artist and author luring kids into questioning the world and appreciating every smell, texture and mystery in it.” —TIME Magazineshow more

Rating details

1,292 ratings
4.09 out of 5 stars
5 44% (574)
4 29% (381)
3 19% (245)
2 5% (67)
1 2% (25)

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I love this book, it's got pages full of little tasks, like taking the book with you everywhere for a week, adding your own features to the book, getting other people to add to the book, coming up with other ways to use the really is a lot of fun :)show more
by Jemma Elkington
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