I See…

What happens when you look through a magnifying glass? What can you see in the dark? What can an owl see?

With bright, colourful and creative imagery, there is always more than meets the eye in this simple yet deceptively clever book.

‘I See…’ is one of a series of books which aim to raise awareness in young children of the five senses in a light-hearted and humorous way. Contains two acetate pages.

Photography and original soundtrack by Filipe Gomes

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School Library Journal (US): “[a] lively series. . .bright graphic introductions.”
July, 2013

PreS-Gr 1 Each title in this lively series focuses on one specific sense within a repetitive format. A first-person description starts the interactions; for example, I Hear… “…a bee buzzing/…a bird singing/…thunder crashing/…drums banging,” etc. A transparent page inserted within the book contains one reversible object and influences both sides of the illustration. In I See…, a plane on the page “far” appears in a window from a distance as a child looks on; to exemplify the term “near,” the plane rests on a person’s hand. Thick black lines enhance blocky shapes against bold, stark backgrounds with quite clever visual results. In the third book, the words, “I Smell…” begin the text while succinct phrases are used to describe familiar aromas, “…cakes baking/…dinner burning!” While some items convey pleasing scents, other examples elicit not so favorable responses. The picture of the skunk provides this disclaimer: “…awful. Keep away!” A disgruntled bear with an image of a person on its snout accompanies the caption, “…YOU from far, far away!” All in all, these are bright graphic introductions.
Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC

I See… received a starred review in the May 13, 2013 issue of Publishers Weekly
In this sight-themed offering from this UK-based husband-and-wife design team, brief phrases continue the trailing sentence begun by the book’s title, accompanied by bold, graphic imagery. A black-on-red silhouette of a hand grasping a magnifying glass enlarges one of a dozen beetles (“…bigger through this”), while a transparent insert moves a pair of glasses from atop a small girl’s head to an older gentleman’s face (“And I can see… your smile!”). Visual cleverness is evident throughout (bats and clouds form an Escher-like pattern; a pair of “dark tunnels” resemble a face, complete with mischievous eyelashes), making this a delightful introduction to one of the five senses. Simultaneously available: I Smell…, I Taste…, I Hear…, I Touch… Ages 3–5. (June)

Inis Magazine
This a series of very colourful books, each based on one of the five senses. The illustrations are flat, bold, graphic, and minimalist in style. Each page in the I Hear book depicts a sound such as drums banging, a bird singing, footsteps, or a phone ringing. In I Taste we see a child eating peas or yummy ice creams.

The images are essentially a series of witty designer visual puns that have been assembled into ‘sense’ categories. For example in the I Smell book one page has the word ‘FISH’ and an image of a fisherman with a moustache in the shape of a fish tail.

There is one clever design feature in these books which is a transparent acetate page that, when turned, changes the image on the previous page. For example the concept of ‘NEAR’ and ‘FAR’ is demonstrated in the I See book using the acetate page so that a plane in the sky changes into a toy plane in a child’s hand.

Carousel: the guide to children’s books
This book is one from a series of light-hearted and bold titles which aim to help very young children become more aware of their own five senses. From a small, most innovative publishing house, the book becomes a visual voyage of discovery with eye catching colour, distinctive shapes and lovely up and down directions. Clear transparent sheets are overlaid on some illustrations and introduce a surprise. Great fun in a simple yet deceptively clever book.

Parents in Touch
Another apparently simple yet very clever book from PatrickGeorge in a new series focussing on the five senses. The pages cleverly link to show differing aspects of the things we see around us. Simple uncluttered pages with clear images are perfect for young children. The acetate sheets transform the pictures to give a whole new viewpoint. This would be an excellent book to use in the Early Years classroom to introduce children to the concept of sight and to encourage discussion.

Recommended Reads (CBI) Ireland 2012
This is one in a series of five books designed to help young children explore the five senses. The illustrations, which are simple and colourful, are focused on investigating different ways of seeing in a fun and imaginative manner. Ideas like reflections, magnification and illusion are examined in the bright pictures that contain plenty of potential for discussion.

Title: I See…
ISBN: 978-1-9084730-4-2
Dimensions: 36pp (including 2 acetates), 220 x 200mm, landscape, hardback
Age: 18 months+
Published: 18 June 2012

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