The Jacket (which you can read more about here) is a cleverly conceived, and superbly illustrated meta book in which Book (the protagonist) is discovered and cherished by a girl, but then covered in mud by the girl’s dog, causing Book to be scared and the girl to be mad and sad. But then the girl has an idea: she makes Book a jacket of his very own.
The jacket of The Jacket is the jacket made by the girl for Book, and the cover of The Jacket is Book himself. To complete this meta book, at the end of The Jacket are illustrated instructions on how to make your own book with a jacket, which we have done below with one alternation – instead of using a book, we used a notebook, with the idea of making our own book.
- The Jacket
- Notebook – I bought these at the local dollar store
- Large piece of paper – roughly x3 the size of your notebook
- Something to draw with – crayons, colored pencils, etc.
- X-acto knife
- Regular piece of white paper
Read The Jacket.
Place your notebook open and flat on the large piece of paper, and trace it.
Cut out what you’ve traced, extending several inches longer on each side to allow for folding along the spine and the flaps. Then wrap your notebook in the cut piece of paper, placing the spine of the notebook in the middle of the paper, and folding the flaps over the sides of the cover. Now you have your jacket.
Take the jacket off the notebook, draw two circles for eyes on it, and draw all over it.
Cut out the two circles with an x-acto knife (this is the one step that cannot be done by a child).
Place the two cut-out circles on a piece of regular white paper and trace around them.
Draw eyes in the circles and cut them out.
Put the jacket on the notebook and mark where the eye holes are, then remove jacket and glue the eyes where you marked on the notebook.
Once the eyes are dry, place the jacket on the notebook. Now you have your own (Note)Book with a Jacket!