[Book Review] Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier


What will you find when you open this little book? A fun story? Sweet characters? Enticing pictures? Yes! But much more. Open this book and you will find...another book...and another...and another. Debut author Jesse Klausmeier and master book creator Suzy Lee have combined their creative visions to craft a seemingly simple book about colors for the very youngest readers, an imaginative exploration of the art of book making for more sophisticated aficionados, and a charming story of friendship and the power of books for all.

Open This Little Book is the epitome of a READ MOAR! book, a fact which likely would have made it a favorite of mine had I read it as a book- and reading-obsessed child. It's a sort-of pop-up book, its simple plot involving matryoshka doll-esque nesting that takes the title very literally; you open the book, you read about a character opening a book, that character reads about another character opening a book, that character reads about another character opening a book, and so on until everyone eventually closes their books, hopefully with a mission to seek out some more books!

It's really a celebration of reading put into book form, and while I'm not entirely sure a child will love it as much as an adult, lifelong reader will, I'd be willing to bet it's a great way to get a kid psyched about what they're going to be reading next.

Definitely recommended to bookish folk and young readers. It's always a good time to celebrate books.

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