The Resource Open this little book, by Jesse Klausmeier ; illustrated by Suzy Lee

Open this little book, by Jesse Klausmeier ; illustrated by Suzy Lee

Label
Open this little book
Title
Open this little book
Statement of responsibility
by Jesse Klausmeier ; illustrated by Suzy Lee
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Pages of decreasing, then increasing, size open to reveal different animals, each opening a book of a different color and reading about the next
Tone
Illustration
Award
CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards for Early Literacy, 2014.
Review
  • Preschool-Kindergarten Here’s a tale about friends and books and the great qualities of both. Rabbit, Frog, Bear, and Ladybug are all reading their own books, but when Giant can’t open his small title, they work together to make sure he can get in on the joy of reading. Cleverly designed as books nestled within smaller—and then larger—books, this bright offering is rich with vivid colors. Children will be drawn in at many levels: the pithy text, the fun illustrations, and the interactive format that can be used for everything from learning about size and colors to opening books. At first glance, this seems deceptively simple. But debut author Klausmeier and artist Lee, creator of the joyous Wave (2008), have provided a fresh offering that will keep kids mulling over the multilayered love of hold-’em-in-your-hands books. -- Moore, Melissa (Reviewed 04-15-2013) (Booklist, vol 109, number 16)
  • /* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 2 — In this series of opening story lines, the rolling text gently instructs readers. "Open this… Little Red Book and read about Ladybug, who opens a… Little Green Book and reads about Frog, who opens a… Little Orange Book and reads about Rabbit, who opens a…." The plot quickly turns when a giant lacks the agility to open her tiny rainbow book featuring each of the previous characters, so the story's companions read the giant's tale instead. With the final turn of the page, the group decides to read another story in a cozy final spread. The format reflects changes in size and scope; pages become smaller and smaller until the giant's story and then the illustrations grow accordingly. The book requires careful manipulation as the story expands and shrinks to reflect the characters' experiences. Individual book covers provide a visual clue to the delightful details within as each book becomes physically smaller and smaller on the page; the little red cover features prominent polka dots for the ladybug, and the yellow book highlights honeycombs on its cover. Nimble lines highlight quiet participation as the characters star in their own stories. Pencil and watercolor spreads allow the colors to extend beyond the featured designs. Digitally manipulated scenes reflect the interactive qualities within this gentle narrative. This charming format creates a thoughtful package of interwoven beginnings and connected endings.—Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC --Meg Smith (Reviewed April 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 4, p134)
  • Klausmeier’s debut is more conceptual novelty than story. The book opens to reveal a series of nested “books,” brightly colored covers that become smaller and smaller as readers work toward the center. “Open this... Little Red Book,” it starts, with a red, ladybug-dotted book cover appearing on the right. Turning the page “opens” the Little Red Book, which continues, “and read about Ladybug, who opens a... Little Green Book, and reads about Frog, who opens a... Little Orange book,” and so on. As the books grow smaller, the readers grow larger, from the studious ladybug to a joyful bear. The last is a giant who dwarfs them all, and whose hands are too big to open her teeny-tiny Rainbow Book—so the others read it for her. Then the books close in succession, and the story ends with another plug for reading. The design and production are striking, and Lee (Wave) contributes idyllic settings and charming, expressive characters, whose interactions quietly make a lovely point: that readers and those they read about can enjoy a relationship that looks a lot like friendship. Ages 3–8. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed January 7, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 01, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ You really can't judge a book by its cover! Follow the instructions of the title and find...another, smaller cover, in purple, with a frog and a rabbit both engrossed in their reading. Open that cover, and there's a red one (with black dots) about a ladybug, then a green one about a frog, an orange one about a rabbit, a yellow (with honeycombs) about a bear, each progressively smaller, and finally, a tiny blue one, which really contains a story. It's about a giant, the ladybug, the rabbit, the frog and the bear, dedicated readers all, who form a friendship based on their love of reading. Meantime, the outer edges of the books that were opened on the way form a pretty, square rainbow. (Each cover features a different typeface and background design.) Getting to the end of the story means passing back through all the previous page sizes and colors. On the final red page, the ladybug closes her book, and then "[y]ou close this little red book…." But of course, then readers are urged to "open another!" And the illustration on the real last page features a tall bookcase with all the animals around it reading, as well as the giant's hand, other tiny creatures and a couple of engrossed children. The sleek text and endlessly inventive design register strongly by showing rather than just telling. A delightful and timely homage to reading and, more, to books themselves. (Picture book. 3-8)(Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2013)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10170253
Cataloging source
ZQP/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Klausmeier, Jesse
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.K678214
LC item number
Ope 2013
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1974-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Lee, Suzy
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Books and reading
  • Animals
  • Colors
  • Toy and movable books
Target audience
preschool
Label
Open this little book, by Jesse Klausmeier ; illustrated by Suzy Lee
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
29 cm.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9780811867832
Lccn
2012002129
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o773921303
  • (OCoLC)773921303
Label
Open this little book, by Jesse Klausmeier ; illustrated by Suzy Lee
Publication
Dimensions
29 cm.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9780811867832
Lccn
2012002129
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o773921303
  • (OCoLC)773921303

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