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Book : My Autobiography
by John Agard and Neil Packer


Overview - Books contain countless tales but what if Book told its "own "story? From clay tablets to e-readers, here is a quirky, kid-friendly look at the book.
Books are one of humankind s greatest forms of expression, and now Book, in a witty, idiosyncratic voice, tells us the inside story.
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Overview
Books contain countless tales but what if Book told its "own "story? From clay tablets to e-readers, here is a quirky, kid-friendly look at the book.
Books are one of humankind s greatest forms of expression, and now Book, in a witty, idiosyncratic voice, tells us the inside story. A wonderfully eccentric character with strong opinions and a poetic turn of phrase, Book tells of a journey from papyrus scrolls to medieval manuscripts to printed paper and beyond pondering, along the way, many bookish things, including the evolution of the alphabet, the library (known to Egyptians as "the healing place of the soul"), and even book burning. With bold, black-and-white illustrations by Neil Packer, "Book "is a captivating work of nonfiction by one of England's leading poets."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780763672362
  • ISBN-10: 076367236X
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
  • Publish Date: October 2015
  • Page Count: 144
  • Reading Level: Ages 10-UP


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-09-28
  • Reviewer: Staff

Although ostensibly a reference source, Agard's history of books is better regarded as a long, freeform meditation, or perhaps even a prose poem. Arranged chronologically and narrated by a personified Book, the history starts with human storytelling"Before Book, there was Breath"before surveying the development of alphabets and printing (hieroglyphics, papyrus, and the rise of publishing houses are among the topics discussed), eventually working its way up to e-books. Agard (The Young Inferno) is at his best when writing against the grain, and the work's strongest moments come when he considers the politics of books: what happens when people are too poor to buy them, or when authorities consider them disturbing enough to burn. "Believe me," Book says, "I have been destroyed by hands that considered themselves holy. They threw me to the flames as they would later throw women who wisdom was beyond theirs and whom they called witches." Packer's witty, elegant illustrations make one wish for larger pages; in one, a Roman centurion reads in the bath, his feather-studded helmet still on his head, his toe stuck up the faucet. Ages 10up. (Oct.)

 
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