The Boy & the Book Book
The Boy & the Book Book
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The Boy & the Book

Written by David Michael Slater and illustrated by Bob Kolar

Published by Charlesbridge

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In this wordless story, a little boy finds a book that he loves at the library. It’s a match made in kid lit heaven. But not for the book. Sometimes the little boy’s excitement gets the better of him and the book suffers from possibly too much love: bent pages, tears, hugs, tossing, and shaking.

The poor book requires first aid from his friends. Every time the boy comes to the library, the books hide and plan escape routes. But when the book gets away from imminent danger in the boy’s hands, the look of loss in the boy’s eyes is enough to turn a tragic tale into a love story.

The boy soon learns that the book is not just an object and is so much more on the inside. He loves the story the book gives him more than the fun he had playing with it.

Bob Kolar’s charming and hilarious illustrations show how sometimes our love for a good book can be too much, but with a more gentle touch, books can give us much comfort and joy.

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  • Age Range: 0-4
  • Pages: 32
  • Book Type: picture
  • Publication Date: March 10, 2015
  • ISBN: 158089562X
  • ISBN 13: 978-1580895620
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David Michael Slater

David Michael Slater is an acclaimed author of books for children, teens, and adults. His work for children includes the picture books Cheese Louise!, The Bored Book, The Boy & the Book, the early chapter book series, Mysterious Monsters, and the teen series, Forbidden Books. David's work for adults includes the hilarious comic-drama, Fun & Games, which The New York Review of Books called “Hilarious,” and the forthcoming non-fiction title, 25 Ideas in Education That Just Don't Work -- And How to Fix Them. David teaches middle school in Nevada, where he lives with his wife and son.

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David Michael Slater
Bob Kolar

Bob Kolar lives in Kansas City. He makes fun things for kids to read and play with. Most days he's in his studio drawing and writing and goofing around with his studio pal Wallace, a spunky golden retriever.

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