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ZOOM by Istvan Banyai

ZOOM

By Istvan Banyai

Age Range: 4 & up

Pub Date: March 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-670-85804-8
Publisher: Viking

 Each page of this wordless book by newcomer Banyai is a close- up detail from the scene on the next page. The drawings are realistic in slightly bedazzled colors, and the effect is of a movie camera panning backward, faster and faster, beginning with the red comb of a jaunty rooster and ending with a distant view of Earth whirling through space. Along the way, several surprises unfold, as each commonplace detail is shown to be but a small piece contained in a totally unexpected scene. Once readers reach the end, they can work from back to front for a zoom-in effect. The images are not always compelling, but this book has the fascinating appeal of such works of visual trickery as the Waldo and Magic Eye books. (Picture book. 4+)