Prominent YA author John Green’s latest book is not a coming-of-age story but a fascinating miscellany of essays, ranging handily from the playful to the profound as he seeks to encapsulate the essence of a human-centered planet. From the origin of the modern supermarket, to the opening of Penguins of Madagascar, to the relative merits of Canada Geese, this book took me on a wild and surprisingly educational ride, turning topics I’ve never once thought about into topics I just can’t stop thinking about. Buried in the five-star reviews, somewhere between the merry and the melancholy, is the reminder that there’s nothing on planet Earth that’s out of our grasping reach, for better or for worse.
Keri Smith, creator of the mega-bestselling Wreck This Journal, now brings her imagination and inspiration to children with this picture book that explores the very active experience of reading.
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 honor 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"!)
About the Author
Keri Smith is a bestselling author, illustrator, and thinker. Her books include Wreck This Journal, The Wander Society, This is Not a Book, How to Be an Explorer of the World, Mess, Finish This Book, The Pocket Scavenger, Wreck This Journal Everywhere, Everything Is Connected, and The Imaginary World of... as well as Wreck This App, This is Not an App, and the Pocket Scavenger app. She enjoys spending time with her husband, experimental musician Jefferson Pitcher, and two children.