Books Do Not Have Wings

This whimsical, rhyming tale whirls readers through all the fantastic things that can be found between the pages of a book. From a pirate adventure to a fairy fete, Books Do Not Have Wings explores all the wonderful things a book is that go way beyond its cover and pages.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Dewey E
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level O
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781585369645), PDF (9781627539814), Hosted ebook (9781634718639)
Copyright 2016
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 9 x 11
Graphics Full-color illustrations

Booklist - Books Do Not Have Wings

In the immortal words of Oscar Hammerstein, “A bell is no bell ’til you ring it,” and in this picture book, Barnes and Coelho make a similar case: a book is just a book until it’s opened. Each page is filled with fantastic illusions and meticulously detailed illustrations that demonstrate the many things that a book is not. A boy and girl are shown plunging into the pages of a book populated with wild gizmos, a fish-shaped submarine, a “cunning old shrew / with a bubbling brew / of lizard stew,” a sleeping dragon, and many other attractive oddities. Sumptuous illustrations in jewel-tone colors will draw viewers along to the end, where the point is clearly stated; the mysterious roundabout message will delight some and confuse others. “A book is a book / when all by itself, / when it’s closed and flat, / alone on the shelf.” When opened, it inevitably becomes much more.

Author: Brynne Barnes

Brynne Barnes earned a B.S. from the University of Michigan and a M.A. from Eastern Michigan University, and she teaches writing at Adrian College. This is her first picture book. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan,where she writes books, poetry, and music.

Illustrator: Rogério Coelho

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Rogério Coelho lives in Curitiba, a city in southern Brazil, with his family. He has been drawing since forever and has illustrated more than one hundred books for publishers in Brazil and the United States, including Books Do Not Have Wings. Besides his work on books, Rogério also illustrates for magazines and comics. He has received several awards for his work, including the Jabuti prize in 2012 and 2016. In 2017 he received the gold medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards for his illustrated book Boat of Dreams.

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