Books Do Not Have Wings

Cover: Books Do Not Have Wings

This whimsical, rhyming tale whirls readers through all the fantastic things that can be found between the pages of a book. From a pirate adventure to a fairy fete, Books Do Not Have Wings explores all the wonderful things a book is that go way beyond its cover and pages.



  • Dewey: [E]
  • Graphics: Full-color illustrations
  • Hardcover (9781585369645): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2016, 09/01/2016
  • PDF (9781627539814): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2016, 09/01/2016
  • Hosted ebook (9781634718639): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2016, 09/01/2016
  • Subject: Language Arts


  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 5 - Age 8
  • Suggested Reading Level: Grade 2
  • Guided Reading Level: O
  • ATOS Interest Level: LG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: Pending

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In the immortal words of Oscar Hammerstein, “A bell is no bell ’til you ring it,” and in this picture book, Barnes and Coelho make a similar case: a book is just a book until it’s opened. Each page is filled with fantastic illusions and meticulously detailed illustrations that demonstrate the many things that a book is not. A boy and girl are shown plunging into the pages of a book populated with wild gizmos, a fish-shaped submarine, a “cunning old shrew / with a bubbling brew / of lizard stew,” a sleeping dragon, and many other attractive oddities. Sumptuous illustrations in jewel-tone colors will draw viewers along to the end, where the point is clearly stated; the mysterious roundabout message will delight some and confuse others. “A book is a book / when all by itself, / when it’s closed and flat, / alone on the shelf.” When opened, it inevitably becomes much more.


Author: Brynne Barnes

Brynne Barnes earned a B.S. from the University of Michigan and a M.A. from Eastern Michigan University, and she teaches writing at Adrian College. This is her first picture book. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan,where she writes books, poetry, and music.

Illustrator: Rogério Coelho