Friday, October 15, 2010

Are children's books becoming a thing of the past?

After this article about the poor state of children's picture books (due in part to parents pushing children to read by themselves at ever younger ages, in order to "get ahead" in school), Lane Smith's  "It's a Book" seems a particularly welcome title these days!

 From Adam Gopnik's review in The New York Times Book Review:
Those of us for whom books are a faith in themselves — who find the notion that pixels, however ordered, could be any kind of substitute for the experience of reading in a chair with the strange thing spread open on our lap — will love this book. Though it will surely draw a laugh from kids, it will give even more pleasure to parents who have been trying to make loudly the point that Smith’s book makes softly: that the virtues of a book are independent of any bells, whistles or animation it might be made to contain.