A couple of months ago, I read on Facebook that Amy Krouse Rosenthal had a new book coming out and that she was looking for “awesome people” to help promote it. You had to answer a few questions and then wait to see if you were awesome. Guess what?! I was chosen as an awesome person! This made me happy. Awesome people got an ARC (advance reader copy) of her new book, Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and the promise of a signed, hardcover copy when the book is actually released (August 9, 2016). This makes me even more happy! I read my ARC and here’s what I think…
I loved it.
First off, it’s a quick read. Now that I have a toddler, I’m still reading a bunch…but, it’s a bunch of board books and picture books (considering I am a children’s librarian, that’s not terrible, but I do love to read a book not for kids from time to time). This book is for grown ups and I was able to read a good bit of it even with the toddler around. It’s not a novel and it’s not exactly a memoir or anything like that. It’s just little snippets of thoughts, ideas, and creative sharing. Split into school subjects like Social Studies, Romance Language, and Math (because it’s a textbook…get it?). What I loved most about it was that it is interactive (but doesn’t have to be) – there is a phone number that you text throughout the book (when Amy tells you to). You can share pictures of rainbows, a piece of art (self-portrait), a tattoo idea and other things. You can listen to her daughter read spelling words and hear wine glass music…just cool stuff that makes you feel like you are not only reading a great book, but you are somehow a part of it. If you aren’t into texting or don’t want to do that, you don’t have to do that to enjoy the book. You can visit the website that goes along with the book to see what others have shared, or you can just ignore that part all together and still enjoy reading the book (however, you’ll get so much more out of it if you do get to texting…just sayin’).
It’s a must for those who are already fans of Amy Krouse Rosenthal…you’ll love the wit and the creativity. If you’ve never read a book by AKR, this is a good one to start with!
Comes out August 9! You can pre-order here.
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