What is a book?

what is a book

Here’s a good article entitled What is a book? by Jamie McKenzie. Particularly pertinent is his point that “In order to work on a wide range of devices ranging from smart phones to iPads and laptops, format is sacrificed to generic scrolling words. While this may be
sufficient for fiction, much nonfiction reading is dramatically enhanced by the
addition of visuals.” He then gives us some examples after having published one of his books using the Apple software I-books author and declares it a game changer.

Wonder by R.J.Palacio

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

“I wish every day could be Halloween. We could all wear masks all the time. Then we could walk around and get to know each other before we got to see what we looked like under the masks.”

For years August Pullman, Auggie to his family and friends, has been protected by a loving family; home schooled by his mother, loved passionately by his father and fiercely protected by his older sister. However, things are about to change, as he prepares for mainstream school for the first time.  As a kid with craniofacial abnormalities, he hears all the awful names kids (and adults) can come up with. He sees all the horrified looks and witnesses firsthand the “games” kids play. This warm, uplifting story had me laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes and Auggie’s inimitable strength shining through, this truly is a wonderful book. As one reviewer on Good Reads recommends: this book is “pretty much for anyone with a beating heart”, well said Wendy Darling.

The Flamboya tree

Our Year 11s are undertaking a biography/autobiography unit. I have just finished The Flamboya tree set in a Dutch Prisoner of war camp in Java during the Japanese invasion. Very moving and extremely descriptive of the harsh treatment handed out by the Japanese to the women and children. Interesting to note that the men’s camps appeared to have fared much better.