IN THIS BOOK ARE THINGS IN THINGS by Fani Marceau

IN THIS BOOK ARE THINGS IN THINGS

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Age Range: 3 - 5

KIRKUS REVIEW

The French duo that collaborated on the foldout book Panorama (2009) returns with another visually exciting collection of images, this time bound traditionally.

Each page—and an occasional double-page spread—contains a linocut presenting an arresting, tactile composition. A white bird rests in a nest built from chiseled diagonals, short blue lines cradling the creature against the black tree; a train, inferable from the clues of distant lights in a tunnel, approaches readers from under an arch of brown bricks above, with pebbles and track below. There is much to peruse and describe with a baby or by a young child, and readers in the know will recognize animals from Jolivet’s previous books. The text, however, is less successful. The need for the repetitive first-person declarations is questionable: “I am in the apricot, said the pit. / I am in the bed, said the teddy bear”). Perhaps the somnolent syntax is intended to induce the sleep depicted in the final scene of a father holding his son, who’s clasping a book—this book. Maybe it is all meant to climax in the resulting multiple meanings of “And me, I am in your arms!”

Minus variance in prepositions, relationship among pages or discernible story arc (except for a conclusion), this feels more like a museum stroll than a coherent picture book—stimulating but not wholly satisfying. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: Aug. 5th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4521-2588-6
Page count: 94pp
Publisher: Chronicle
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2014




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