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IN MY WORLD by Lois Ehlert Kirkus Star


by Lois Ehlert & illustrated by Lois Ehlert

Age Range: 3 - 8

Pub Date: April 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-15-216269-0
Publisher: Harcourt

“The world is made of things I like,” Ehlert (Waiting For Wings, 2001, etc.) begins, then proceeds to elaborate: “creeping bugs, wiggling worms,” frogs and fruit, flowers and rain, sun and moon. From the hand in the front cover to the constellations at the end, all of these natural forms are depicted as die-cut holes in stiff, brightly monochromatic stock, their cumulative overlaps filling the empty middles with dazzling abstractions of shape and color that change with each turn of the page. Though the holes are so large, and the margins so narrow, that tears are inevitable, this brilliant symphony in form and color provides a rich visual experience, enhanced by a large type, rebus-strewn blurb filling the rear endpapers. Despite the design problem, and a superfluous text, this gifted graphic artist is in top form here. (Picture book. 3-8)