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Friday, September 03, 2010

“Does It Scroll?”

Wall Street Journal’s “Speakeasy” blog recently published an interview with children’s book illustrator Lane Smith about his new work It's a Book ("It's a Book" Author Lane Smith on Kids and Technology," Aug. 31, 2010) . Smith, who created the illustrations for such popular children’s books as Jon Scieszka’s The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales decided to tackle the younger generation’s skepticism about the printed book.

The book features a monkey and a jackass sitting across from each other. The monkey is trying to read and the jackass keeps interrupting. As the book opens the jackass asks. “What do you have there?” “It’s a book,” says the monkey. “Does it scroll?” the jackass continues. “No. It’s a book.” “Can it text? Can it tweet,” the jackass continues to ask. Ultimately he borrows the book and becomes so enthralled he refuses to return it. “But, I’ll charge it up when I’m done,” he tells the monkey.

“You wake up one day and the whole world has changed,” Lane told The Wall Street Journal. My feeling, probably because I don’t have kids, was that I wasn’t aware of the [tech] evolution and all of sudden, everywhere I looked, people were on their gadgets and I decided that the situation was ripe for a little humor between the two camps.”

Lane created a video trailer for the book which you can view at the link above. The library has ordered a number of copies of It’s a Book. Place your hold early. It is going to be popular!

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