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This is Not a Book - Keri Smith


Published: 1st September 2009
For Ages: 18+ years old
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This is Not a Book will engage readers in having them define all the different things a book can be: an experience, a diversion, an illusion, a private space, a public space, a game, a puzzle, and so on. Keri asks readers, 'If it is not a book, what is it then?' And gives them a kaleidoscope of answers:

This book is . . .

A secret message. Tear this page out, write a note for a stranger, leave it in a public place.

A mystery. Make up a fictitious story about the origin of this book. Where did it come from? How did you find it? Who does it belong to?

A recording device. Have everyone you come in contact with today write their name here.

Unpredictable. Draw a line. Pass the book to someone else. Ask them to add to it & pass it back. Repeat 12 times.

Mail. This page is a postcard. Cut it out and mail it to a friend.

Top secret. Write a message in code. Hide the solution somewhere in the book.

An instrument. Come up with as many different sounds with it as you can, (i.e. flip the pages really fast, bang on the cover.)

About the Author

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 creative exploration. She also teaches and conducts workshops based on her techniques throughout North America. Her works include Wreck this Journal, This is Not A Book, How to Be an Explorer of the World, Mess and Finish This Book, as well as Wreck This App and This is Not an App.



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  • Easy To Understand
  • Fun And Creative
  • Inspirational


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    Comments about This is Not a Book:

    This is a great book for all those creative soles who wish to express their true self in a fun and exciting manner. Great for teens and older

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    Praise for This is Not a Book By the time you finish withThis is Not a Book, it may look like a well-used journal, a bulky photo album, an organized scrapbook, or a combination of all three. . . .[Smith s] tasks are diverse and short in explanation, but they all push you to think, create or experience. Curled Up with a Good Book This is Not a Book is fun, creative and makes you think outside the box. Just One More Thing Praise for Keri Smith Keri Smith may well be the self-help guru this DIY generation deserves. TheBeliever A conceptual artist and author luring kids into questioning the world and appreciating every smell, texture and mystery in it. TIMEMagazine"

    Keri Smith

    Bestselling author Keri Smith is a freelance illustrator by trade, and has illustrated for the Washington Post, The New York Times, Ford Motor Company, People, The Body Shop and Hallmark. She is the author of several books and apps about creativity including Wreck This Journal, How To Be An Explorer of the World and Mess. She lives in Canada.

    Visit Keri Smith's Booktopia Author Page

    ISBN: 9780399535215
    ISBN-10: 0399535217
    Audience: General
    For Ages: 18+ years old
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 221
    Published: 1st September 2009
    Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.91
    Weight (kg): 0.3