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Now in diapers! For the youngest of readers who still prefer to chew on a book rather than read it, It's a Little Book asks what a book is for--Is it for chewing? Is it for wearing?--and answers the question in a warm and charming way. As funny and captivating as the bestselling It's a Book, It's a Little Book promises to delight a new generation of readers.
Board Book, 24 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Roaring Brook Press (first published 2011)
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Jillian Heise
Love using this board book in comparison with the picture book version to get students thinking about how we might adjust the way we communicate our message depending on our intended audience.
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the baby version of It’s a Book by Lane Smith. Shorter, sweeter, and with the characters in diapers, It’s a Little Book is one of those reads that’s fun for parents too. You’ll enjoy a chuckle (in the it’s-funny-because-it’s-true way) at the crazy uses the characters think up for the book in their hands. “Is it for riding?” “No!” “Is it for emailing?” “No!” Finally they arrive at the discovery that it’s a book and is, in fact, for reading.

My son would have nothing to do with this book fo
Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I had a chance to read the display copy at ALA. Absolutely adorable! Made me wish I still had children who were tiny enough to enjoy a board book. I still might order a copy because it was that much fun! I think even my 4 and 6 year old (who are HUGE It’s A Book fans) would appreciate this version made for the youngest readers.
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Board book companion to It's a Book.
Simple two-panel questions about what it is. Finally, no it's for reading.
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it
It’s A Little Book is a Board Picture Book geared to very young children.

The author seems to be piggybacking on his success of It’s A Book published one year earlier. This book features the same two characters – a donkey and a gorilla. This time both are wearing diapers. The donkey starts the book with nothing in his hands while the gorilla is holding a book. Once again, the donkey does not know what a book is and asks the gorilla a number of questions about it.

The first questions are very age
Dec 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their little ones
Shelves: 2012, childrens
We read It's a Book by Lane Smith about two years ago and we really liked it. I was perusing our local library's collection of board books and saw this version of the tale. It's a little kid version, and I thought it was very cute.

The storyline is pretty much the same; the main difference is that the characters are younger and are wearing diapers and the narrative is very simple. With lots of repetition and adorable illustrations, I think this would be great for toddlers.

As it's missing the bi
Feb 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Yikes! Sometimes board book adaptations just don't work. I get what Lane Smith is trying to do here... Of course we want children to learn what a book is, how to hold it, and *yes* eventually read books. BUT this is a board book for babies. And a board book IS for chewing (that is how infants explore and learn). A board book IS for building (I use them all the time as blocks in my story play programs). One of the things that youth librarians try to impress upon parents is that board books should ...more
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: board-book, children
I read the story, It's a Book first and while I felt that was a clever book, I liked this book better because it was written for its intended audience. The diaper-clad donkey and gorilla are discussing what they found. Each page contains a repetitive "Is it a ..." question from donkey who is trying to determine how to use this new object. Donkey is very creative on how to use this object -- e-mailing, flying, building, etc. Gorilla patiently says no to each of donkey's ideas and finally explains ...more
Dianne Casas
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For those of you who want milder fare for your bookshelves, Lane Smith created It’s a Little Book. Donkey and Ape are back, but in diapers! Donkey asks, “Is it for wearing? Is it for chewing? Is it for quacking? Is it for building?” Of course, Ape answers, “No, it’s a book.” The ending is not edgy like the first book but very cute and appropriate for all ages. Still, I like the original but this board book is like drinking chocolate milk when you can’t have the chocolate bar. They still taste go ...more
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This board book is simple. Simple words and simple phrases tell the story of two friends, one who knows what the object he has is. The other one a donkey who keeps asking questions like is it something to chew, it is something to wear. And each time the answer from his friend is no. But when the friend clearly states its for reading and it's a book both friends sit down to read.

This book is great for parents who are looking to read a great board book with their baby or toddler.

Simple words and p
Sep 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
I read this together with my husband in a bookstore while we were shopping for a pair of newborns, and we thought it was terrible! What small child understands "email" and "typing"? It makes no sense. It's point is cute - one animal doesn't know what to do with a book, and guesses silly things like putting it on his head. But some of the suggestions are way beyond the comprehension of small children. Also why was the monkey ginormous compared to the donkey? My husband found the illustrations cre ...more
A much more young child-friendly version of the original. Meaning the odd joke at the end was changed and the references were more to what a young child would understand. This was in Board Book format, which I wonder about since I use Board Books for the very, very young and I don't think under preschool-age would get this book. Then again, maybe it's a great way to teach babies and toddlers how to treat books!
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Adorable board book that can be used to show young children what a book is. I believe this book could be used as an introduction to remind even the older kiddos how to respect books. This is a very simple book with a repeating phrase, which means it could also be used with 1st and 2nd graders, to identify repeating words.
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Originally posted at, written by Sweet Pea Flaherty.

This board book companion to It’s A Book is deceptively simple and oh-so-loveable. Tweet about it! Share it on Facebook! Post it to your blog! Or, just sit down and share this lovely little book with the lovely little ones in your life.
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Michael by: Aleyda
An excellent "Board" book that makes for a great introduction to the book titled "It's A Book", by the same author, Lane Smith. As the back cover states; "The companion to the bestselling "It's a Book", now in diapers! If you have the former, you need to get the latter, and if you have the latter, you need to get the former!
Katie Fitzgerald
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This "little book" is great! The illustrations of the monkey and donkey in diapers are adorable, and I loved the story, too. The suggestions that donkey had for possible uses of the book were hilarious! I liked this version of the story even better than that in It's a Book. :-)
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: board-books
A nice little abridged version of Lane Smith's It's a Book for the younger reader. This version is softer around the edges (both figuratively and literally since it is a board book) but still full of the original's tongue in cheek humor about the younger generation's technological infatuation to the point of not recognizing a book when they see one.
Kathleen Behrendt
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a great little book this is! The donkey has no clue what to do with the thing in his hand, so he starts guessing. The gorilla patiently answers his questions, until he at last says the book is for reading.

This is a great book to use in a baby or toddler story time, or for preschool teachers.
It is literally just a tiny book about how books aren't meant to be used for anything but reading-- don't sit on them, chew them, wear them like hats, etc. good intro for kids to proper book handling, I suppose? Cute illustrations, too, except the baby gorilla doesn't change expressions or positions or anything except for on the last page, which seems a little like a cop-out somehow.
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
A genius way to access the idea of reading and the tangible little treasure, which encouragingly supposed to be such a tiny book in your hand. Plus, I would kill for having my nephew's book shelves. They are so lovely!
Lisa Nagel
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Not quite as much fun as it's big brother, but a cute book, and minus the language that made It's a Book hard to read to the younger ages.
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
OMG this is an adorable, more kid friendly, version of "It's a book". If you have the first one you have to get this one too. It is very inexpensive and something you could read to children if you'd like! It also looks really cute to display with the larger book :) LOVE LOVE LOVE!
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
More appropriate version for very young readers of the hysterical picture book It's A Book. I'm sure this board book will be many things to your little ones, even though the book tells them "No" it is not for eating or wearing.
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: toddler and up
This is a much less controversial and more child friendly version of Lane Smith's "It's a Book." While the characters are the same, and the basic idea of the book is the same, the word "jackass" does not appear, so parents and librarians can share this book without hesitation.
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Nojood
One of the cuties!! I LOVED IT
When I first read this little one, I was thinking like "this IS written for kids, the other one is more for the older ones D-E-F-I-N-I-T-E-L-Y
I would read this to my KGs
The Flooze
It's a book, silly.

Adorable illustrations and short lines of text show a guessing game between the itty bitty (sometimes) digitally obsessed and a character who's more a fan of a good ol' traditional book.

I'm thinking this author is not too keen on handing smartphones to babies!
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Could this book be any cuter? It's a little version of It's a Book!. Donkey is berfuddled, confused, and mixed-up...can't figure out what this crazy thingamabob is! Gorilla is exasperated by donkey's questions...."It's a Little Book!", of course, Silly.
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
A hardcore fan of It's a Book, I was suspicious this toddler's version would be nothing but a cheap knock-off. However, I ended up reading it six times in a row to the 2 year-old and 4 year-old in my life, and they laughed themselves senseless every time.
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
CUTE! New favorite baby book. Well. For the parents of baby, really. Little ones won't get the joke ... but that's OK. The illustrations are adorable.

And the semi-problematic wording of the other version is gone. Again, in that case, it was really a book for adults all along.
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Smith was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but moved to Corona, California at a young age. He spent summers in Tulsa, however, and cites experiences there as inspirations for his work, saying that "[o]nce you've seen a 100-foot cement buffalo on top of a donut-stand (sic) in the middle of nowhere, you're never the same."

He studied art in college at the encouragement of his high school art teacher, helping
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