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What if there were a book that changed every time you read it? Actually, every book does this. We are all part of the books we read, because our individual reactions, ideas, and emotions make the book whole, and these things are changing all the time. Keri Smith has helped millions of people free their creativity and find their own voice with her interactive books, and now What if there were a book that changed every time you read it? Actually, every book does this. We are all part of the books we read, because our individual reactions, ideas, and emotions make the book whole, and these things are changing all the time. Keri Smith has helped millions of people free their creativity and find their own voice with her interactive books, and now she brings that sensibility to children and to the act of reading. This picture book is an invitation to honour your own vision and to welcome imperfection. Kids will discover that reading can engage all five senses, and that what they themselves bring to a book is an important contribution. (And of course they'll be invited to do a bit of harmless wrecking!) Praise for Keri Smith: A conceptual artist and author luring kids into questioning the world and appreciating every smell, texture and mystery in it." --TIME "Keri Smith may well be the self-help guru this DIY generation deserves." --The Believer "Not gonna lie, this is probably the coolest journal you'll ever see. . . . Wreck This Journal is here to inspire you." --BuzzFeed "Smith pushes kids (and adults) to break convention by seeing the world as inspiration, rather than simply 'things.'" --GeekDad (of The Pocket Scavenger)


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What if there were a book that changed every time you read it? Actually, every book does this. We are all part of the books we read, because our individual reactions, ideas, and emotions make the book whole, and these things are changing all the time. Keri Smith has helped millions of people free their creativity and find their own voice with her interactive books, and now What if there were a book that changed every time you read it? Actually, every book does this. We are all part of the books we read, because our individual reactions, ideas, and emotions make the book whole, and these things are changing all the time. Keri Smith has helped millions of people free their creativity and find their own voice with her interactive books, and now she brings that sensibility to children and to the act of reading. This picture book is an invitation to honour your own vision and to welcome imperfection. Kids will discover that reading can engage all five senses, and that what they themselves bring to a book is an important contribution. (And of course they'll be invited to do a bit of harmless wrecking!) Praise for Keri Smith: A conceptual artist and author luring kids into questioning the world and appreciating every smell, texture and mystery in it." --TIME "Keri Smith may well be the self-help guru this DIY generation deserves." --The Believer "Not gonna lie, this is probably the coolest journal you'll ever see. . . . Wreck This Journal is here to inspire you." --BuzzFeed "Smith pushes kids (and adults) to break convention by seeing the world as inspiration, rather than simply 'things.'" --GeekDad (of The Pocket Scavenger)

30 review for Wreck This Picture Book

  1. 5 out of 5

    Yapha

    As a librarian, I have mixed feelings about this book. It may be just what some children need to spark a love of books. I think it would be better in a personal collection than in a library. For grades 2 & up.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Fun-- but I think this works better in a personal collection than a circulating library. I borrowed it from the library, and I am REALLY hoping that readers before me did NOT touch their nose on the page, blow on it, or add a smell, some of what the author suggests they do! (Especially during covid-times!) I think the whole point of the book was to be interactive and to discourage thinking that a book has to be PRISTINE and perfect. Books are meant to be loved and used and lived. So, that's a go Fun-- but I think this works better in a personal collection than a circulating library. I borrowed it from the library, and I am REALLY hoping that readers before me did NOT touch their nose on the page, blow on it, or add a smell, some of what the author suggests they do! (Especially during covid-times!) I think the whole point of the book was to be interactive and to discourage thinking that a book has to be PRISTINE and perfect. Books are meant to be loved and used and lived. So, that's a good message, but I would like more attention and care given to a book that is meant to be shared with others.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    I thought this book would be like Wreck This Journal which I really liked but it’s not. I have mixed feeling about this book as I didn’t care how this book was structured. I thought it was confusing. I liked the messages the author was trying to get across but the approach, didn’t work for me. I felt that the whole moral of this story is that as you read a book, it becomes an adventure, as the person who reads the book shapes the story. That being said, a person can read a book today and reread t I thought this book would be like Wreck This Journal which I really liked but it’s not. I have mixed feeling about this book as I didn’t care how this book was structured. I thought it was confusing. I liked the messages the author was trying to get across but the approach, didn’t work for me. I felt that the whole moral of this story is that as you read a book, it becomes an adventure, as the person who reads the book shapes the story. That being said, a person can read a book today and reread the same book a year later and they can have a totally different experience because hopefully, they have grown during that year. In that year, that individual has had many different experiences to shape them. That being the case. The author tries to get the reader to use their senses to explore this particular book at times and also, to expand this insight into the role of reading. Excellent! I love this message but how this is expressed in the book confused me. The author gets the reader engaged into her book by physically doing things to this book: smelling, touching, etc. which is a fun activity and I can see individuals engaging in them but then, there are pages that confused me. Go ahead and take a look at this book, its very creative. Books are all about personal taste and this one, I just didn’t love. 3 stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    WhatBookNext .com

    Who can remember being told to be careful with books? What about not bending the book? Don’t be rough, draw on, Wreck This Picture Book Book Review Coveror throw the book? This book throws all those rules out the window! Books are made to be savoured, enjoyed, and taken places. Books are to be tasted, smelt, touched (with more than just your fingers), and heard as you flip the pages! Wrap them, dress them, read them upside down. Hug them, wear them and turn them into presents! Books are not just to b Who can remember being told to be careful with books? What about not bending the book? Don’t be rough, draw on, Wreck This Picture Book Book Review Coveror throw the book? This book throws all those rules out the window! Books are made to be savoured, enjoyed, and taken places. Books are to be tasted, smelt, touched (with more than just your fingers), and heard as you flip the pages! Wrap them, dress them, read them upside down. Hug them, wear them and turn them into presents! Books are not just to be looked at, read and slid back on a shelf. They are to be enjoyed, shared and imagined. This new book in the Wreck this series, banishes all the rules we’ve every heard about books. It even has a page to bend (shock – horror!). The text encourages the reader to shake, smell, touch, tap, knock the book. The black capitalised text is handwritten by the author and is clear against predominantly white backgrounds. The bright illustrations are a fun jumble of collage, drawings, paintings and signs. A picture book like no other, taking Herve Tullet’s Press here interactive concept even further. Brilliant, but I still don’t think I could bend the pages….. 🙂 Author – Keri Smith Designers – Keri Smith & Jason Henry Age – 5+

  5. 5 out of 5

    MsCruzinTexas

    This is pretty darn cute! This is the kind of physical book I'd love to have in my first grade classroom. It encourages creativity, touch, and is immensely inspirational. It's the kind of book filled with ideas that will keep you and children entertained for a very long time. If you're a fan of books such as "The Book with No Pictures" by B.J. Novak and "There's a Monster in Your Book" by Tom Fletcher, then this book is for you! For my younger readers/listeners, I would definitely have preferred This is pretty darn cute! This is the kind of physical book I'd love to have in my first grade classroom. It encourages creativity, touch, and is immensely inspirational. It's the kind of book filled with ideas that will keep you and children entertained for a very long time. If you're a fan of books such as "The Book with No Pictures" by B.J. Novak and "There's a Monster in Your Book" by Tom Fletcher, then this book is for you! For my younger readers/listeners, I would definitely have preferred text that didn't seem to ramble on. Love that for older readers though. @mscruzintexas

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bookish

    Keri Smith believes that books are best enjoyed when they’re explored regularly -- they’re not meant to sit around on shelves, or on bedside tables. What some people call wrecking, she thinks is bringing a book to life. With a search-and-find, loads of interactive elements (Herve Tullet) and invitations to truly ENGAGE with the book, this is the sort of reading experience that will change every time you pick it up. It’s a creative spark, and an activity book, and a story, all waiting to be explo Keri Smith believes that books are best enjoyed when they’re explored regularly -- they’re not meant to sit around on shelves, or on bedside tables. What some people call wrecking, she thinks is bringing a book to life. With a search-and-find, loads of interactive elements (Herve Tullet) and invitations to truly ENGAGE with the book, this is the sort of reading experience that will change every time you pick it up. It’s a creative spark, and an activity book, and a story, all waiting to be explored.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    A wacky interactive picture book that suggests that books are lonely and gives a wide assortment of ways to get your book to move, for example, roll down a hill holding your book. Unlike other interactive picture books like Herve Tullet's Press Here, this is a hard book to share -- I don't even want to imagine how this works as a library book. However, the illustrations are truly creative and are quite thought provoking on their own. A wacky interactive picture book that suggests that books are lonely and gives a wide assortment of ways to get your book to move, for example, roll down a hill holding your book. Unlike other interactive picture books like Herve Tullet's Press Here, this is a hard book to share -- I don't even want to imagine how this works as a library book. However, the illustrations are truly creative and are quite thought provoking on their own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    It's Purely Fiction

    This is a fun book. I would gift this book to kids. It wouldn't hold up the best for a library shelf but I think kiddos would love this book because there is action involved and using your imagination. I recommend this book to anyone that has story time at home. It would be a good one for reluctant listeners because the book encourages getting up and moving around with the book. This is a fun book. I would gift this book to kids. It wouldn't hold up the best for a library shelf but I think kiddos would love this book because there is action involved and using your imagination. I recommend this book to anyone that has story time at home. It would be a good one for reluctant listeners because the book encourages getting up and moving around with the book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    A book that picks up where PRESS HERE by Herve Tullet left off, though I’m not sure this would work well as a library book(one page will inevitably leave kids tasting the book though it doesn’t TECHNICALLY tell kids to taste the book) so this is more recommended as a gift book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ruby Lee

    Very interactive and asks kids to explore books in ways that encourages imaginative play. There are parts that ask readers to fold the pages which makes me nervous! It's a longer picture book so it suits first to second graders best. Very interactive and asks kids to explore books in ways that encourages imaginative play. There are parts that ask readers to fold the pages which makes me nervous! It's a longer picture book so it suits first to second graders best.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michele Knott

    I can embrace smelling a book. I can get behind touching and feeling the texture of a book. But bending the pages and potentially tasting a book? I may have to draw the line! An interactive book that will absolutely get the kids involved. Please watch out for book tasting though....

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy West

    Perfect for young, adventurous readers!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I love this book so much, I want to own it!

  14. 4 out of 5

    One more, please!

    Silly, fun, imaginative and most importantly, INTERACTIVE! This will be an instant fav.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jj

    Thanks to Penguin Young readers for the review copy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lourdes Heuer

    Digital copy accessed through Edelweiss

  18. 4 out of 5

    Keriann's Picture Book Library

    Great gift book; not so super library book. :P

  19. 5 out of 5

    Norkett

    A good book to purchase so you can do the silly things it suggests to make your experience with the book more interactive.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Annese

    Cute! Not gonna lie... as a library employee, I was screaming on the inside the whole time.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amber

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kris

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cecile

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mulvane Public Library

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cait

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Wright Oelkers

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carol Ekster

  28. 4 out of 5

    Steph

  29. 4 out of 5

    E Z W

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Kusant

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