This Is Not a Book by Keri Smith

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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.


About Keri Smith

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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 Ida.
Published September 1, 2009 by Perigee Trade. 224 pages
Genres: Self Help, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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As McPherson points out, Lincoln “was not a quick study but a thorough one.” And as it became apparent that the Army’s senior leadership had neither the will nor the talent to suppress the rebellion, Lincoln took a more active role.

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Smith, the lead pastor at The Life Christian Church in West Orange, New Jersey, and motivational speaker, Ten delves into strategies for securing your best future possible.

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Huffington Post

... set off for Gringotts Bank, which was built in a flight shed for the production and has remarkably convincing faux marble all over its lobby.

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Open Letters Monthly

The author claims in Chapter Eight (“Rice Paddies and Math Tests”) that the Chinese, as well as the Japanese, Koreans, Singaporeans, and Hong Kongers, succeed in math because the cultural legacy of rice production—long, arduous hours of backbreaking work in rice paddies—conditioned these peoples ...

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Open Letters Monthly

Pope Benedict XVI has recently published a book, Jesus of Nazareth, subtitled “From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration.” The book quickly became a worldwide bestseller, a phenomenon doubtless connected to the existence of approximately a billion Catholics on earth.

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Common Sense Media

Classroom kids work in groups looking for an effective process for solving a math problem, and Cinderella and her friend Erin try to figure out how to tell if the new stepsisters are wicked or not.

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This is not a must read for everyone, but it is a good choice for those dealing with suffering who want a Christian perspective.ProsA creative look at the afterlife that makes it more accessible.Bryan provides a personal glimpse at his journey through grief.Provides a way to engage the Christian ...

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The Gospel Coalition

And yet at times its tone and constructions come across as “Yes, the gospel, but also holiness,” or “Yes, gospel trust, but also effort.” I would prefer to more clearly portray our efforts after holiness as one species of gospel trust, in order to bring gospel effort into sharper contrast with th...

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Pursuing this Manichean misreading of the book, Appleby goes on to convict it of an outdated belief in the historian's 'impartial and omniscient voice of a reconstructor of events and analyser of developments.' In fact the book uses up a good deal of space trying to demolish such simplistic denia...

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Biblical Counseling

My favorite chapters were not so much about comforting love or communicating love (as important as those are), but welcoming love (greeting one another), celebrating love (rejoicing with each other), and hospitable love (showing kindness without grumbling).

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