REFLECTIONS by Ann Jonas

REFLECTIONS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This time 24 pages equal 48: in Jonas' latest tour de force of trompe l'oeil, each double-spread serves twice: as in Round Trip (1983), the book is reversed for a return journey, in this case from forest to seaside. The colorful, painterly style, however, resembles that used in The Trek (1985), allowing Jonas to reinterpret color as well as form. The cleverness with which she has solved the myriad visual problems is awesome; a rain cloud becomes a flock of ducks, a ferry upends to a restaurant, a waterwheel and mill set on girders reverse to a ferris wheel and roller coaster. Cars and buildings are designed to serve either way, and of course the sea and sky, stand in for one another. In the ingenious turnaround, we look straight up into tall trees. With so much to teach about seeing, Reflections is well worth the time to peruse it. Like art, it's more problematical: some of the ambivalent images are difficult to ""read"" at first; the return trip, holding some delightful surprises, is the more successful part of the journey. Not as visually exciting as Round Trip, but nonetheless a fascinating exercise.

Pub Date: Sept. 21st, 1987
ISBN: 0688061400
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Greenwillow