WHAT THE MOON SAW by Brian Wildsmith


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Wildsmith begins with the sun pointing out objects on earth to the moon, and his version of a city and then a village as seen from above is bright and clever. But soon he abandons the moon's perspective--a dog is seen not from the top but from both front and back--and with it any rationale for his designs. (Why, for example, is the side of the house all diamond-patterned?). Anyway, the whole demonstration soon turns into another parade of Wildsmith's animals, combined here with a study in opposites; thus, a heavy elephant faces a light bird, a fierce tiger a timid: rabbit, and a giraffe with a long neck is next to a racoon with a short one. Flashy as usual, though not uniformly so--the weak kitten is just that. The sun dazzles and there is a stylish lizard and a groovy acid dream of a forest--but it's all spectacle.

Pub Date: Oct. 19th, 1978
Publisher: Oxford Univ. Press