THE WORLD THAT LOVED BOOKS by Stephen Parlato

THE WORLD THAT LOVED BOOKS

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Age Range: 5 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A bizarre and thoroughly enjoyable exercise inspired by the16th-century Italian artist Archimboldo. Archimboldo made faces out of fruits and vegetables; Parlato takes it all one step further. In a world where everyone loved books, “even the animals,” they become what they are currently reading. “A dinosaur reading about frogs and salamanders became frogs & salamanders. He found the book to be very ribbiting.” This kind of sly humor infects the brief text. The pictures are fabulous collages on stark white backgrounds, with the multiplicity of images forming the picture. “A woman reading about angels became choirs of angels” seen in profile, her features composed of dozens of familiar and not so familiar angels from many famous works of art. This is much harder to describe than to see—the dragon reading about treasure is made of jewels, and he is a wonder. While all are inventive, some are wildly wacky—who would have imagined a horse made out of fish? Or a rhinoceros made of butterfly wings? Slightly creepy, but nifty withal. (Picture book. 5-9)

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 1-894965-04-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Simply Read
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2003