Ruzzier, Sergio. This is not a picture book. Chronicle Books, 2016. Unpaged. $16.99. ISBN 9781452129075. Ages 4-6. P6Q9
A small duck finds a book lacking pictures, but with perseverance and a little help from an insect friend, comes to understand that the words themselves make up the story and pictures in one’s imagination. This little picture book shows the anxiety and achievement of young readers as they face the transition from picture book to text-only books and cheers them on. Clever readers will note the gibberish on the beginning lining papers and the same story at the very end of the book. Recommended for preschool, elementary and public library collections.
June 2016 review by Jane Cothron.