THIS WAY, THAT WAY by Antonio Ladrillo


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Age Range: 2 - 4
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Using vertical and diagonal creases to bend the pages, readers can transform circles and other geometric shapes in this wordless concept book.

Evidently intended to encourage playing around with orientation and visual relationships, this series of very simple shapes, each sporting a similar pair of googly eyes and a smiling mouth, fill creased (or, occasionally, split) pages and can be bent or flipped to make monochrome or bi-color squares, rectangles, triangles, or half circles. The faces might end up in different quadrants, right side up or upside down, looking away or toward the face on the opposite page. There is a sort of peekaboo effect to flipping the folded segments back and forth, but the stiff paper is hard to bend (a feature that does make it somewhat durable, however), and too often a folded page disrupts an otherwise harmonious double-page spread rather than creating a new, delightful configuration. Moreover, the game suggested by the title (the only text) is, at best, rather vague. Any guidance or element of surprise would have to be supplied by an outside narrator (“Oh, look! The yellow circle is now…an orange square!”), and aside from the direction of their glances, all the faces are monotonously identical.

Elegantly simple in design, but as for content, less is definitely less. (Novelty. 2-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 17th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-84976-451-3
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Tate/Abrams
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2017


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