ROUND AND ROUND AND ROUND by Tans Hoban
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ROUND AND ROUND AND ROUND

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An array of circles and spheres, photographed in color--and which (perhaps on account of the color) register simply and forcibly as round forms or objects, no other ""concept"" required. There is, however, much content in these pictures: a gerbil in an exercise wheel (watched by a little girl) opposite a pair of hands shelling peas into a colander (with round patterns of round holes, of course); or the bright, many-spoked wheel of a popcorn wagon (with a boy waiting to buy some) opposite a seal balancing a basketball (with three hoops around its neck). Also, the little black girl blowing pinwheels on the cover could be the little black girl blowing dandelion heads at the beginning of Look Again, a self-reference that Hoban has earned (and there are dandelion heads among the round entities here too). A number of the images, indeed, have an impact that makes the idea of roundness inconsequential--except that you do look harder when you're looking for a reason. So come see the raccoon crawling out of a hollow tree or the Swiss cheese on a hard, round roll that's waiting to be eaten. Kids are going to find the book almost tactile.

Pub Date: April 18th, 1983
Publisher: Greenwillow