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This is Not a Book - Jean Jullien

This is Not a Book

Board Book Published: 29th February 2016
ISBN: 9780714871127
Number Of Pages: 32
For Ages: 6 - 7 years old

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This is not a book – it's a laptop, a pair of hands to clap, a toolbox! Each spread of this book is actually something else entirely, challenging young readers to see things quite differently! Turning the page and finding a full-sized image of piano keys will invite children to swing the book on its side for imaginative play; turning the page again to find a monster with its mouth wide open will prompt children to use the book to chomp everything around them! The result stretches beyond the pages of this book, prompting readers to think creatively about other objects in their daily lives.

About the Author

Jean Jullien is a French graphic designer whose practice ranges from illustration, to photography and video, to costumes, installations, books, posters, and clothing. His clients include: The New Yorker, The New York Times, the Guardian, Tate, Channel 4, Nike, BMW, Colette, Byron Burger, and Carluccio's. He lives with his wife in London.

Industry Reviews

"When is a board book not a board book? When it's a laptop computer, tent, or butterfly with flapping wings. And thanks to Jullien's bold cartooning and clever rethinking of how the facing pages of each spread interact, this delightfully designed book transforms into those objects and many more." -Publishers Weekly - Best Books of the Year

"A witty board book that's perfect for inquisitive preliterate kids."-Financial Times

"A visual riot, glossy high quality pages with two-page spreads of vivid illustrations. No words! My boys used their own words, made up stories, acted out scenes, mimed the actions for the pictures. It fires up imaginations; it gives your children stories. An imaginary treat." -Guardian.com

"This wordless picture book is simply brilliant! This is a book (not a book!) that works on so many levels - it will entertain the littlies... engage and inspire the slightly older kids, and perhaps remind any adults who might have forgotten that books can take us anywhere we want to go. Books really are so much more than 'just books'. Jean Jullien = creative genius." -Kids' Book Review

"a bright, innovative board book that will get children thinking... Perfect for developing kids' imaginations and cultivating a lifelong love of reading." -The Sun

"A fabulous board book designed to challenge younger readers to think creatively about objects in their everyday lives. Really unique." -Angels & Urchins

"This is Not A Book. It's not. It's a fridge full of food, a laptop, a piano. It's an attempt to get kids to play with the world around them, and it's created by Jean Jullien, the designer and satirist behind the 'Peace for Paris' symbol" -The Observer Magazine

"It can used as a pretend piano, and there's a monster lurking on one page. Look out for the twist at the end - it folds out to become a house." -Evening Standard

"Every page brings a new surprise... won't fail to spark your child's imagination and inspire them to create artworks of their own. Especially when they discover this book's hidden secret, which will leave them wondering... Is it really a book at all?" -Smallish

"In a tour-de-force of visual transformation, French graphic designer Jullien makes good on the promise of the title, turning this board book into a laptop, butterfly, fridge, tightrope, human rear end (yes, that's right), and more. The magic lies in Jullien's loose, expressive cartooning and smart use of the hinge at the center of each spread-after the book is turned sideways, the hinge separates the laptop's keyboard from its screen, just like a real one, while a scene of a boy reading in a tent demands to be propped up, tent-style. The final pages-a pair of hands to "clap" together-deliver some well-deserved applause." -Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"[Jullien] is a rising star, famed for his bold, black-pen drawings and playful take on the world" -Metropolitan, Eurostar magazine

"Probably the most unique book concept I've seen in a while... The children love this book" -Diary of a First Child

"Fine example of engaging a much younger audience in the love of books. We love this!" -Picture Book Blogger

"Jean Jullien engages kids' imaginations in absorbing style, asking them to suspend their assumptions about for and play with the conventions of the book in their hands... Very enjoyable indeed." -Absolutely Mama

"The simplicity of the artwork makes this book very user-friendly and I can easily see how it can provide a lot of fun ... A brilliant not-a-book, or better still, more-than-a-book." -The School Librarian

"Will allow adults and children to create own their own stories. Views from many angles help inspire the imagination for all." -Inis, Reading Guide 2016/17 (Ireland)

ISBN: 9780714871127
ISBN-10: 0714871125
Audience: Children
For Ages: 6 - 7 years old
For Grades: 1 - 2
Format: Board Book
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 29th February 2016
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 16.5  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1

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Jean Jullien

About the Author


Jean Jullien is a French graphic artist currently living in London. He comes from Nantes and did a graphic design degree in Quimper before coming to London. He graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2008 and from the Royal College of Art in 2010. He works closely with the musician The Coward. His practice ranges from illustration to photography, video, costumes, installations, books, posters and clothing to create a coherent yet eclectic body of work.

He has worked for the New York Times, the New Yorker, The Guardian, Beams, RCA records, the Connaught, Colette, SZ magazin, National Geographic, Le Grand Palais, Le Centre Pompidou, Amnesty International, Esquire, Le Coq Sportif, Le Bon Marché, Hermès, Mr Porter, Champion USA, Salomon, Petit Bateau, Vogue, and more.

He has shown work all around the world, from Paris to London, Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok and other places.

He’s published numerous children books with Phaidon, Walker Books and Comme des Géants. He has also published a monography and series of books gathering his humorous visual puns.

In 2011, he founded Jullien Brothers, a duo specialised in moving image: jullienbrothers.com

In 2012, he created News of the Times with Yann Le Bec and Gwendal Le Bec

In 2016, he created the brand Nounou with Jae Huh, a label producing a wide range of things, from clothing to dolls and rugs.

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