A colorfuly illustrated book challenges young readers through visual tricks and puzzles in which one can spot the surprises with each turn of the page.
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McGuire (What Goes Around Comes Around) shows a knack for illusion and a punning wit in this book of visual games. The artist builds his characters and landscapes from smooth, geometric forms that would look at home on a computer screen, and selects a kitschy yet crisp palette of minty blue, chartreuse, pine green and cool pink. He links his puzzles with a circus theme, including a startled-looking clown who clambers through almost every spread. Die-cut holes offer peeks into other scenes, and these windows deliberately mislead: with the turn of a page, animal heads seen through cut-outs become shadow figures formed by human hands. Elsewhere, an elephant-shaped silhouette is revealed on the next spread to be something else entirely: a fat snake lounging with the clown in an easy chair. And, when the book is turned upside-down, portraits on a gallery wall take on different facial expressions ("Which side is up?/ I don't have a clue!/ There's two sides to each story, and both of them true"). McGuire's rhymes, unobtrusive if at times ungrammatical, offer hints on viewing the illustrations. He playfully acknowledges the cut-outs, for example, with the couplet "So the story has holes. Well what can I say?/ It makes the book better to look through that way." Readers will need to stay on their toes to catch all the surprises in this inventive volume. All ages.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
McGuire (What Goes Around Comes Around, 1995, etc.) sweeps out his graphic arts playhouse for a scrapbook of conundrums, collages, and shadow plays. Swiping a historical reference to Peter Newell's The Hole Book, the opening pages have holes that become--in the turn of the page--peepholes, heads, noses, and a baby's open mouth. McGuire then switches over to shadow play, displaying the shadow of an elephant in one case, a dinosaur in another, neither of which is what it seems to be. He throws in a few topsy-turvy puzzle faces, and then switches to construction paper collages, surreal landscapes where a lobster smokes a pipe, an eyeball adorns a flowering apple tree, and a squirrel on a branch sprouts antlers. Another hole leads the book to its finish, an upside- down mirror-image of the title page. The illustrations are dandy, with compositions that must be pored over even though they never intertwine with the text; this is a collection of intriguing pictures rather than story carried and complemented by images. (Picture book. 5+) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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