The Jacket by Kirsten Hall and Dasha Tolstikova

The Jacket is a meta book that confirms what bibliophiles have long suspected: yes, of course books have feelings and thoughts!

Well, ok, at least one lonely book named, er, Book does: all he really wants is for someone special to take notice of him and appreciate his good qualities β€” and of course, love (and read) him. In other words, he’s pretty much like most people, which instantly makes him an empathetic character along the lines of Corduroy.

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Like Corduroy, Book’s long wait pays off when his wish comes true in the form of a little girl β€” although, there is a slight snag: the presence of her slobbery pet dog Egg Cream, since dogs and books don’t β€” and shouldn’t β€” mix.

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The childlike illustrations, while slightly messy, make perfect sense once you get to the unexpected ending, and the author’s clever ideas all coalesce into a whole. And, let’s just say that after reading this book, you’ll probably want to peek under all the jackets of the books you own!

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