THE INSIDE-OUTSIDE BOOK OF PARIS by Roxie Munro

THE INSIDE-OUTSIDE BOOK OF PARIS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In the style of Munro's earlier pictorial tours (e.g., The Inside-Outside Book of New York City, 1985), a sampling of the sights of Paris, grand and small, in pairs of contrasting vantage points or other scenes related by the concepts of ""in"" and ""out."" Explanatory notes are now adjacent to the evocative illustrations, forfeiting the dramatically expansive wordless double spreads in the earlier books but making the whole more coherent and useful. The choices for inclusion here are a felicitous mix of the obvious (the Tour Eiffel seen from a dramatically low perspective and a panorama glimpsed through a network of its girders, high above the city) and the unexpected (a puppet show seen from the audience and from behind the puppeteer); the old and the new (a striking rendition of the extraordinary Centre Pompidou); and child-pleasers (a delectable array of pastries). The more innovative pairs include the book-crammed Shakespeare and Company store and the bookstalls along the Seine, and the Luxembourg Gardens with its carousel. A lovely tribute, especially notable for the artist's lucid style and creative compositions.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1992
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Dutton