A kids’ book bound for the editor’s desk at the Missoulian was intercepted for me briefly so that I could check it out – and I’m really glad I did.

It’s called “Friendship Book: Off to School,” and it’s written by Missoula author and University of Montana graduate Silke Jauck. The book is aimed at kids ages 6-12, and get this: it is designed to encourage kids to social network OFFLINE.

Flipping through the pages, I gathered pretty quickly that it is meant to be passed around among friends, who would fill in the answers to the questions on each child’s page. On the left-hand side, it has spaces for a name, nickname, hair color and the like. On the right-hand side, it asks for a list of favorite clothes, hobbies, music, and includes space for a message.

Kind of like Facebook, but minus the Internet. Pretty cool idea.

– MM