This is a book that is definitely NOT a book.. no way..
Breaking the fourth wall
The style of this picture book is humorous, light and a little tongue-in-cheek – yet with layers to pick up on with every reading. It’s a character-driven meta-fiction story that breaks the fourth wall throughout. It asks readers to ponder the meaning behind both the text and the illustrations, rather than handing them a clear-cut message.
A combination of fast-paced writing and larger than life illustrations
The writing style is intended to be reasonably fast-paced. The main character (if they are one!) investigates who they are and their place in their increasingly mayhem-filled and changing world. The illustrations help bring the continuing developments and action of the story to life, highlighting the fact that both the character and reader aren’t ever quite sure what’s “real”. This is a story designed to have children investigate and analyse.
Perfect for Classrooms
“This book is filled with metalanguage or the building blocks of what makes a story. It would make such a brilliant start to a narrative writing lesson..” – Love Four Learning.
This is NOT a Book! is the perfect introduction for kids to how a book is structured and how to tell a good story.
Comprehensive Teacher’s Notes can be found here
A very clever way to introduce young readers to all the different elements of a story.
“This clever meta fictive text is lots of fun for readers. The likeable protagonist speaks directly to them, demanding a response. Children will love that the power is theirs” Click here to read
Kids on The Coast
“A cleverly crafted piece of metafiction”
Teachers will love this book – it is a great way to break down how to write a narrative and the reasons we have different parts to a story.” Click here to read
“the perfect way to spark your child’s imagination and teach them the fundamentals of storytelling.” Click here to read
The Space magazine (ECC)
“I think my tagline for this would be ‘my first metafiction’- a book dedicated to picking apart what a book actually is, piece by piece, for children to understand. Aśka’s illustrations are charming as usual, following our purple-haired protagonist across each page to discover the next plot point, setting, or conflict until we- unfortunately- reach The End. “
“This is NOT a Book! is a fabulous, fun example of metafiction, it takes us into the story to discover what elements make up a really good and compelling story.” Click here for the full review
Blue Wolf Reviews
“Marvellously entertaining This is NOT a Book! from Kellie Byrnes … teaches about book construction while telling a totally hilarious tale of denial filled with fun.” Click here for the full review.
“This is metafiction at its best. It takes a reader inside the book to discover how a good story is told.” Click here for the full review.
“A page-turner, even if the lead character tries to deny the very existence of its pages.”
Kellie Byrnes on the Booktopia Blog
“This is NOT a Book! is a fun picture book that breaks the fourth wall. It’s a light-hearted and action-packed meta-fictive story about a character who is VERY sure they’re NOT a character, and certainly NOT in a book.” Click here for the full review.
Kids’ Book Review
“This is a brilliant look at what makes a story and would be a great book for classrooms to read.” Click here for the full review.
What Book Next?
“A fun and clever way to show the building blocks of a story.
This is a book that denies it’s a book, which is actually a book that tells you how to write a book! Loved it!” Click here for the full review.