Noises in most pop-up books are accidents: An over-glued element gets unstuck, or—horrors—rips entirely. But this, the fifth and last in Carter’s Color series (600 Black Spots, 2007, etc.), actively crackles, tinkles and creaks. Using his customary flat primary-and–black-and-white palette, the artist/engineer creates paper sculptures that leap off the page in complex, Modernist designs, each one enlivened by some movable element—in white paper—that rubs against the others to make a noise. Some ratchet by themselves as the pages open, another requires the pull of a tab, yet another—white paper “wings” joined by a taut string—begs fingers to touch for an assist. Knowledgeable adults will recognize nods to Modern artists and jazz musicians; children will simply be enthralled by the totality of the experience. (Pop-up/picture book. 6 & up)

Pub Date: Oct. 27, 2009

ISBN: 978-1-4169-4094-4

Page Count: 20

Publisher: Little Simon/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2009

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Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2000

ISBN: 0-689-82979-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 1999

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Here is a basic lesson in geometrical shapes disguised as entertainment. It aspires to nothing more, and just barely succeeds on its own modest level. The premise is that a busy triangle gets tired of its life and goes to a shapeshifter for an extra angle. Life as a quadrilateral is exciting for a while, but soon the protagonist requires another angle, and—the etceteras take readers through the final two-thirds of the story. Burns (The I Hate Mathematics! Book, Little, 1975, etc.) is wise enough to summarize everything past the hexagon stage. Notes on mathematics for adults working with children appear in the final pages. Newcomer Silveria takes the obvious approach to the illustrator's quandary—how to humanize an abstraction—by adding cute oval eyes and chubby cheeks. His creation comes off like a candidate for the Olympic mascot tryouts; he has a good color sense, and goes full throttle on every page. This installment of the ``Marilyn Burns Brainy Day'' series is static, simplistic, and too long by half—but finding fault with it as a work of art is like looking for character development in a Barney episode. (Picture book. 6-9)

Pub Date: March 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-590-48991-7

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 1995

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