Being a book lover, I had been really looking forward to reading It’s A Book and I wasn’t disappointed. Print versus digital is the topic of the moment, and It’s A Book handles this contentious issue in a clever and humorous way.

One of my other favourite topics is cats and from the moment the eyes peered out at me from the cover of There are no cats in this book, I was hooked.

There are no cats in this book was a picture book I knew nothing about but it’s another delightful story for young readers.


Written and illustrated by Lane Smith

In It’s A Book, we meet a monkey with a book and an inquisitive Jackass with an electronic device. The Jackass is mystified by the monkey’s book and asks what it is.

“It’s a book,” replies Monkey.

“Can it text?” Jackass queries.




By the end, the Jackass learns the joys of the printed page (although he still can’t quite grasp how the book “works”).

I loved the text and illustrations in this book but to me it was the subtleties that set it apart. Watching the donkey trying to ‘charge’ the book was very humorous. Lane Smith uses a double page illustration with clocks on the wall and no text to show that the jackass is completely hooked on the book.

Of course it’s how we’d like to see children respond to a book so as well as providing great humour for kids, it also provides satisfaction for adult readers.


Written and illustrated Viviane Schwarz

There are no cats in this book has easy to read text, engaging characters and an interactive and innovative design. And of course, when you open the page, what do you see? A family of cats. So there ARE cats in this book.

I’m not going to tell you why the title is so appropriate, you’ll have to read the book for yourself.

But what I can tell you is that kids will love the humour in it, the simple colour illustrations and the telling detail like the 3D postcard in the book that makes the reader feel as if the characters are really talking to them.

Published by Walker Books, It’s a Book and There are no cats in this book had a completely different but engaging perspective on books. They are picture books to be enjoyed by a variety of ages and my 11 year-old giggled his way through both of them.

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Dee White

Dee White lives with her husband and two sons in a small rural country town which has more kangaroos than people. She has worked as an advertising copywriter and journalist and has had numerous career changes because until recently, writing wasn’t considered to be a proper job. Letters to Leonardo, her first novel with Walker Books Australia, was published in 2009 to great critical acclaim.