Thursday, April 25, 2019

The Book in the Book in the Book

The Book in the Book in the Book. Julien Baer. Illustrated by Simon Bailly. 2019. Holiday House. 56 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: What a beautiful day! The air is so clear. The sky so blue. Thomas is on vacation with his parents. Hooray!

Premise/plot: Thomas is on vacation with his parents. He gets bored. He loses his parents. He finds a book. The name of the book is The Book in the Book in the Book. He reads the book which stars him and his family on vacation. He gets bored. He loses his parents. He finds a book. The name of the book is The Book in the Book in the Book. He reads the book which stars him and his family on vacation. He gets bored. He loses his parents. He finds a book. The name of the book is The Book in the Book in the Book. He reads the book which stars him and his family on vacation. He gets bored. He loses his parents. He gets woken up by his parents--in each book.

My thoughts: This is a premise-driven picture book that is Inception-like. It is odd and strange and a bit boring. Since all the focus is on the premise--to see how many layers this one can get before he wakes up from his dream--there is no characterization. I don't care about Thomas or his family. I just want the book to be over.

Text: 2 out of 5
Illustrations: 2 out of  5
Total: 4 out of 10


© 2019 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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