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This Is Not a Picture Book!

Sergio Ruzzier


List Price: 16.99*
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In this quirky yet sweet picture book about the joy and power of reading, Duck learns that even books without pictures can be fun. While he and his friend Bug may struggle at first to decipher their book, they stick with it, and before long they discover that not only can they read it, but it deserves a place on the shelf with all their favorite picture books. Author-artist Sergio Ruzzier has created a fanciful tribute to books of all kinds. It includes both words AND pictures.

Praise For This Is Not a Picture Book!

«"A book about learning to read. offers gentle empathy for kids tackling this intimidating task."-Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A pitch for reading-a magic act that turns words into pictures."-The Horn Book

"Cleverly invites new readers into an enticing world of discovery."-Booklist

The Huffington Post Best Picture Books of the Year

"A fun picture book about the beauty of words."--GeekDad

"Effectively demonstrates the magic of reading and the power of imagination."-School Library Journal, starred review

«"An affirmation of the transformative power of reading."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review

New York Times Notable Book of the Year

"Sweet, profound book... pays a sneaky tribute to the power of words and pictures to work together. Brilliant endpapers."--The New York Times

"Read. Share. Repeat. This one is a joy."--Julie Danielson, Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

Chronicle Books, 9781452129075, 40pp.

Publication Date: May 3, 2016

About the Author

Sergio Ruzzier was born in Milan, Italy. He is the creator of a series of comic strips for Linus, the Italian comics magazine. His work has received accolades from Parents' Choice, American Illustration, the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, the Society of Publication Designers, and more. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.