Friday, February 8, 2019

This Book is Spineless

Title: This Book is Spineless          
AuthorLindsay Leslie

Illustrator: Alice Brereton
Publisher: Page Street Kids, Feb. 19, 2019
Intended Ages: 4-8
Themes: Fear, Humor, Books

Opening Line(s):
 "Whew! Thanks for turning on the lights! As I said, I'm afraid of the dark. Actually, I'm afraid of most things, because I'm spineless."

An anthropomorphized book breaks the fourth wall and talks directly to the reader, fearing the possibility of facing a terrifying plot, becoming braver with each page turn.

What I like about this book:
Don't you love this title!! Smart and sassy. The author peppers the text with fun language like zilch, smidge and whodunit, while weaving in the five senses as tools for exploring the book's possible subject. I was one of the shy kids that would have identified with this book's irrational fears! Adam Lehrhaupt's Warning: Do Not Open this Book would be a fun title to pair and compare.

Lindsay has two more books under contract with Page Street Kids (so far!). Keep a look out for this new talent.

This review is part of PPBF (Perfect Picture Book Friday) where bloggers share great picture books. Organized and curated by author Susanna Leonard Hill, she keeps an ever-growing list of Perfect Picture Books. #PPBF


  1. I need to check this one out! As a kid (and also an adult), I also sometimes found my fears -- both rational and irrational -- overwhelming. Thanks for sharing, Wendy.

  2. I haven't seen this one! It looks and sounds funny and clever. Putting on my TBR list today. I love how PPBF gives me so many new books to read. Thanks for the heads up!

  3. This is an unusual twist on facing your fears! I love it! This book would pair nicely with "Scaredy Book!"

  4. I love that title. And books that break the fourth wall are so much fun to read aloud.

  5. This book looks like such fun & I love that you suggest another one to pair with it.

  6. Cool. Hadn't heard of this one. Will have to check it out!

  7. Great interesting concept. Must see if I can find this in our library. Thanks for sharing Wendy.

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