This Is a Ball by Beck & Matt Stanton
Posted on 05/06/2020
Photo: This Is a Ball by Beck & Matt Stanton Book Cover

"Kids do go crazy for this book because it calls a block a ball, a monster a princess, a balloon a kite, and other silly things."

Penny Ledbetter, librarian, Lakeside Academy


This Is a Ball by Beck & Matt Stanton is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by Lakeside Academy. This Is a Ball, is a boldly absurd spin-off of concept books, and an audacious contrarian invitation for readers to practice deadpan delivery: after all, the picture on the cover clearly shows a cube, not a ball. The page that declares a princess is flying a kite at the beach shows an alien holding a balloon in a city. What is WRONG with this silly book? Kids will demand to know--and all readers will be howling with laughter all along the way.

Editorial Reviews


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"It's a winning bit of interactive silliness that offers insight into the way small changes can have big results where words are concerned."
-Publishers Weekly


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Hamilton Book of the Week seeks to move Hamilton County Schools closer to district goals found in the Future Ready 2023 action plan.  We hope to encourage kids to read more books for fun by sharing books popular at area schools. 


Goals more students reading will address include:

  • Reading improvement will increase the number of students on-track or mastering English language arts
  • Improve the district ACT score to a district average of 21    
  • Reach the target goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2023