SPACES by Peter Parnall

SPACES

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Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

 It could have been a good idea. Parnell, perhaps more creatively than any other illustrator, uses dynamic white space; his spare pen lines and frugal swatches of color only suggest scenes that must be completed in the reader's imagination. But this time--after a provocative opening (``Some people think spaces are empty places. Places between more important things, things that...you can see'') illustrated with a row of cleverly titled books (like ``Niches, by Neeche'')--he retreats to the obvious, suggesting that his settings can be filled in with the fantastical (tiny elephants in a stone wall) or the mundane (kittens under a wood stove). At his best, Parnell collaborates with the reader to create a drama in a setting that has an integrity built from page to page; here--disappointingly--he just suggests that readers add whatever occurs to them. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 1-56294-336-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Millbrook
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1993




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