Reviews for Open This Little Book
Booklist Reviews 2013 April #2
Here's a tale about friends and books and the great qualities of both. Rabbit, Frog, Bear, and Ladybug are all reading their own books, but when Giant can't open his small title, they work together to make sure he can get in on the joy of reading. Cleverly designed as books nestled within smaller--and then larger--books, this bright offering is rich with vivid colors. Children will be drawn in at many levels: the pithy text, the fun illustrations, and the interactive format that can be used for everything from learning about size and colors to opening books. At first glance, this seems deceptively simple. But debut author Klausmeier and artist Lee, creator of the joyous Wave (2008), have provided a fresh offering that will keep kids mulling over the multilayered love of hold-'em-in-your-hands books. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
In this cleverly designed ode to books, each page-turn reveals the cover of a smaller book of a different color, with the tantalizing beginnings of a snowballing story on its flip-side: "Open this...Little Red Book and read about a Ladybug, who opens a...Little Green Book." Pencil and watercolor art uses lots of white space and bright colors to create a clean layout.
Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2013 #4
Lively art and text come together with clever design to make this ode to books and reading a delight to open and pore over. Each page turn reveals the cover of a smaller book of a different color with the tantalizing beginnings of a snowballing story on its flipside: "Open this…Little Red Book [page turn] and read about a Ladybug, who opens a…Little Green Book." As the "books" and pages get smaller, the animals we read about get larger, from ladybug to frog to rabbit to bear to giant. The giant, who is so large that readers can only see her blue fingers, brings this tension of sizes to a halt. Too big to open her very tiny book, she must rely on her animal friends to help get to the story inside. From then on, each page turn closes one of the books until the end reveals a full-size picture of a colorful tree house bursting with books and readers coaxing us all to "open another!" Art done with pencil and watercolor and manipulated digitally uses plenty of white space and bright colors to create a clean layout, allowing the tiny details to pop from this special package. julie roach
Kirkus Reviews 2013 January #2
You really can't judge a book by its cover! Follow the instructions of the title and find...another, smaller cover, in purple, with a frog and a rabbit both engrossed in their reading. Open that cover, and there's a red one (with black dots) about a ladybug, then a green one about a frog, an orange one about a rabbit, a yellow (with honeycombs) about a bear, each progressively smaller, and finally, a tiny blue one, which really contains a story. It's about a giant, the ladybug, the rabbit, the frog and the bear, dedicated readers all, who form a friendship based on their love of reading. Meantime, the outer edges of the books that were opened on the way form a pretty, square rainbow. (Each cover features a different typeface and background design.) Getting to the end of the story means passing back through all the previous page sizes and colors. On the final red page, the ladybug closes her book, and then "[y]ou close this little red book…." But of course, then readers are urged to "open another!" And the illustration on the real last page features a tall bookcase with all the animals around it reading, as well as the giant's hand, other tiny creatures and a couple of engrossed children. The sleek text and endlessly inventive design register strongly by showing rather than just telling. A delightful and timely homage to reading and, more, to books themselves. (Picture book. 3-8) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2013 January #1
Klausmeier's debut is more conceptual novelty than story. The book opens to reveal a series of nested "books," brightly colored covers that become smaller and smaller as readers work toward the center. "Open this... Little Red Book," it starts, with a red, ladybug-dotted book cover appearing on the right. Turning the page "opens" the Little Red Book, which continues, "and read about Ladybug, who opens a... Little Green Book, and reads about Frog, who opens a... Little Orange book," and so on. As the books grow smaller, the readers grow larger, from the studious ladybug to a joyful bear. The last is a giant who dwarfs them all, and whose hands are too big to open her teeny-tiny Rainbow Book--so the others read it for her. Then the books close in succession, and the story ends with another plug for reading. The design and production are striking, and Lee (Wave) contributes idyllic settings and charming, expressive characters, whose interactions quietly make a lovely point: that readers and those they read about can enjoy a relationship that looks a lot like friendship. Ages 3-8. (Feb.) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC
School Library Journal Reviews 2013 April
PreS-Gr 2--In this series of opening story lines, the rolling text gently instructs readers. "Open this… Little Red Book and read about Ladybug, who opens a… Little Green Book and reads about Frog, who opens a… Little Orange Book and reads about Rabbit, who opens a…." The plot quickly turns when a giant lacks the agility to open her tiny rainbow book featuring each of the previous characters, so the story's companions read the giant's tale instead. With the final turn of the page, the group decides to read another story in a cozy final spread. The format reflects changes in size and scope; pages become smaller and smaller until the giant's story and then the illustrations grow accordingly. The book requires careful manipulation as the story expands and shrinks to reflect the characters' experiences. Individual book covers provide a visual clue to the delightful details within as each book becomes physically smaller and smaller on the page; the little red cover features prominent polka dots for the ladybug, and the yellow book highlights honeycombs on its cover. Nimble lines highlight quiet participation as the characters star in their own stories. Pencil and watercolor spreads allow the colors to extend beyond the featured designs. Digitally manipulated scenes reflect the interactive qualities within this gentle narrative. This charming format creates a thoughtful package of interwoven beginnings and connected endings.--Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC [Page 134]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.