This is Not a Book

Front Cover
Penguin, 2009 - Self-Help - 221 pages
3 Reviews

This is Not a Bookwill engage readers in having them define all the different things a book can be- an experience, a diversion, an illusion, a private space, a public space, a game, a puzzle, and so on. Keri asks readers, 'If it is not a book, what is it then?' And gives them a kaleidoscope of answers-

This book is . . .

A secret message.Tear this page out, write a note for a stranger, leave it in a public place.

A mystery.Make up a fictitious story about the origin of this book. Where did it come from? How did you find it? Who does it belong to?

A recording device.Have everyone you come in contact with today write their name here.

Unpredictable.Draw a line. Pass the book to someone else. Ask them to add to it & pass it back. Repeat 12 times.

Mail.This page is a postcard. Cut it out and mail it to a friend.

Top secret.Write a message in code. Hide the solution somewhere in the book.

An instrument.Come up with as many different sounds with it as you can, (i.e. flip the pages really fast, bang on the cover.)


What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - debnance - LibraryThing

This is Not a Book, and This is Not a Review. This is a Dance. This is a After-Dinner Mint. This is a Cupcake. But This is Not a Book, and This is Not a Review. Read full review


User Review  - klopes - Borders

this was a very fun book to read/ complete. i think this because its just amazing to see all the things you can do with a book. haha. Read full review

Selected pages


Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4
Section 5
Section 6
Section 7
Section 8
Section 10
Section 11
Section 12
Section 13
Section 14
Section 15
Section 16
Section 17

Section 9

Other editions - View all

About the author (2009)

Keri Smith is a bestselling author, illustrator, and thinker. Her books demonstrate a 'learn by doing approach', and are being used in school curriculums all over the world as a way of fostering non-traditional methods of exploration. She also teaches and conducts workshops based on her non-traditional techniques across North America. Her books include: Wreck This Journal, How to Be an Explorer of the World, This is Not a Book, Mess - A Manual of Accidents and Mistakes, Finish This Book, and Pocket Scavenger. She enjoys spending time with her husband, experimental musician Jefferson Pitcher, and two children Tilden and Ida.

Bibliographic information