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This is not a picture book!, Sergio Ruzzier

Label
This is not a picture book!
Title
This is not a picture book!
Statement of responsibility
Sergio Ruzzier
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Duck finds a book and is surprised to discover that there are books with words and no pictures--and that even without pictures a book can interest and excite you
Tone
Character
Award
School Library Journal Best Books, 2016
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 2—In this winsome examination of the power of words, a little duckling is delighted to find a red book lying on the ground. "Where are the pictures?!" the fuzzy yellow bird exclaims in dismay upon opening it up. The duck flips through the pages, scanning the plethora of print, and begins to recognize some of the words. His interest and enthusiasm flourish as he continues, reading words that are funny and sad, wild and peaceful. His imagination takes off, and along with his tiny cricket friend, the duckling is swept away on a fantastic adventure. He tells the little insect, "All these words carry you away…and then…they bring you home." The straightforward tale is enhanced by endpapers featuring lines of text, which are jumbled in the front and placed in order to relate the duck's story in the back. The eclectic pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations add color and energy to the narrative. At first, the pictures are set against a canvas of white space and then slowly expand as the duck begins to envision scenes with each additional word he reads. One of the final spreads portrays the duck and his friend safe at home in his bedroom, which contains a shelf crammed with books. VERDICT This sweet title effectively demonstrates the magic of reading and the power of imagination. Recommended for all collections.—Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston --Linda L. Walkins (Reviewed 05/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 5, p84)
  • /* Starred Review */ This isn’t a book about books; it’s a book about learning to read. A duckling with a pink beak picks up a fat volume and discovers, in the irritated comment of the title, that it has no pictures. “Can you read it?” asks his sidekick, a bug. “I’m not sure,” says the duckling. “Words are so difficult.” In luminous watercolors, Ruzzier (Two Mice) shows the duckling and bug crossing into a strange, many-colored world, where unfamiliar words are represented as odd machines, blobby shapes, and bizarre creatures. When the duckling stumbles on a word he knows (“bee,” “flower”), its recognizable image pops up among the mysterious ones. Duckling and bug wander through the ever-changing landscape of reading—“There are wild words... and peaceful words”—before landing cozily in bed. Ruzzier’s story offers gentle empathy for kids tackling this intimidating task. Observant readers will note that the endpapers represent learning to read, too; the initial pair retells the story as a beginner might see it, with most of the words scrambled, while the words of the final endpapers read clearly—and no pictures there, either. Ages 3–5. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (May) --Staff (Reviewed 02/22/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 08, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A metafictive delight of a picture book. Alice would be pleased: despite Ruzzier's title, there are plenty of pictures and ample conversation in this picture book. The titular book within the book, however, is illustration-free. This initially causes distress for the duckling protagonist (who oddly has a bellybutton, but that's beside the point) who finds the book in the spreads before the title page. When a bug appears and asks, "Can you read it?" the duckling gives it a try. In a brilliant feat of page layout, the recto depicts a green landscape encroaching on the verso, with a log laid across a chasm as a bridge to the white space on which the duckling and bug stand. Their walk across the log is a visual metaphor for the duckling's successful decoding of the text in its pictureless book. Whole worlds open up to them as the duckling reads aloud. Illustrations depict these worlds evoked by "wild words… / and peaceful words," and the duckling ultimately declares that "All these words carry you away." The satisfying conclusion is an affirmation of the transformative power of reading. In one outstanding design touch, the front endpapers tell the not-a-picture-book text in garbled type with transposed letters that one must strain to decode, while the text is clear in its entirety on the back ones. This is a (great) picture book! (Picture book. 4-8)(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2016)
Awards note
School Library Journal Best Books 2016.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10488590
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1966-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ruzzier, Sergio
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ7.R9475
LC item number
Th 2016
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
Reading level
  • 0.8.
  • 0.8.
  • 0.8
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Reading Counts!
  • Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Books and reading
  • Ducks
  • Books and reading
  • Ducks
  • Books and reading
  • Ducks
Target audience
preschool
Label
This is not a picture book!, Sergio Ruzzier
Link
http://www.ruzzier.com/
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn917345805
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781452129075
Lccn
2015038210
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)917345805
Label
This is not a picture book!, Sergio Ruzzier
Link
http://www.ruzzier.com/
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn917345805
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781452129075
Lccn
2015038210
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)917345805

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      503 East Hancock Street, Newberg, OR, 97132, US
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      410 S. Water Street, Silverton, OR, 97381, US
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