Re-zoom

Re-zoom

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Open this wordless book and take off on a mindbending visual journey full of twists, turns, and surprises. Zoom from an Egyptian pyramid to an exotic jungle to a sandy beach. But if you think you know where you are, guess again. For in Istvan Banyai's mysterious landscapes of pictures within pictures, nothing is ever as it seems. "Banyai's artwork...works to perfection."-- "Kirkus Reviews"

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Product details

  • Hardback | 64 pages
  • 187.96 x 231.14 x 12.7mm | 317.51g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • VIKING CHILDREN'S BOOKS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • colour illustrations
  • 0670863920
  • 9780670863921

Review Text

This wordless follow-up to Zoom (p. 220) cannot rightly be called a sequel, since there is no storyline. But it is strikingly similar to its predecessor in style, concept, and design; only the subject matter, its least important component, has changed. Like Chinese boxes in reverse, each colorful illustration is revealed as part of a larger artwork. Thus a scene of a movie director riding an Indian elephant proves to be a decoration on a steamer trunk, which is only part of an artist's painting, etc. More than a gimmick, the technique offers a fresh perspective on how art orders and gives value to what we see. There's a delightful surprise each time the "plot" takes a sharp turn into a new locale. The perspective shifts are slightly more complex here than in Zoom, and the pace is a bit awkward; younger readers might orient themselves with the first book before getting acquainted with this one. Banyai's artwork is eye-grabbing but emotionally cool - a combination that works to perfection in this particular book. (Kirkus Reviews)

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