It feels a bit unnecessary to write a review for a John Green book, BUT this collection of essays is made up of reviews for places, events, and objects linked to moments in life and memories, things that aren't generally quantifiable in the tidiness of a rating and a review. Collectively, these essays serve as a nontraditional memoir, a peek at a person's life through the lens of what he pays attention to--in the South and in the Midwest; in a pandemic; in the age of smart phones; as a writer; a brother; a parent; a nerd; a a friend; a creator; a thinker; a person with mental health issues; and overall what it means to live in the world in this particular time. The everyday is stretched to the expansive in each essay so by the time you reach the end of the book, you'll feel comforted by the meaningful, persistent optimism that unites us in spite of the absurdity of our circumstances.
— Julie Jarema
An Indie Next List Selection
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.