Books under siege?
| Aug 24, 2010
The premise of Lane Smith's new work for children, It’s a Book, is simple: Books are under siege.
On the first page a donkey asks a monkey, "What do you have there?" The monkey replies: "It’s a book."
"How do you scroll down?" the donkey asks. "Do you blog with it?" Then he asks: "Where’s your mouse? ... Can you make characters fight? ... Can it text? ... Tweet? ... Wi-Fi? ... Can it do this? TOOT!"
The title says it all. No, the monkey repeatedly replies. "It’s a book." Smith's book, in stores this month, may be an example of a dying breed. A book, published — and meant to be read — on paper. Read more at NPR online.