A boy’s kite is stuck up a tree and the boy is up a ladder to get it. Can you guess what will happen next? Turn the transparent page and ‘oh no’, he’s fallen off! An owl is up in a tree and he hasn’t noticed the cat licking his lips down below. Turn the transparent page and ‘oh no’, the cat has got the owl. Children will laugh with delight as they watch the situation transform before their very eyes.
Playing By The Book review:
Accidents, acetate and an amazing book – The acetate pages, and the inherent drama of the before and after scenarios make this a book that readers can’t help but interact physically (as well as emotionally) with. It reminded me of the brilliant ‘Press Here’ by Hervé Tullet – both take a very simple premise but truly engage their readers, drawing them into a magic world, where the child (or adult) has the power to change things quite literally with their own hands.
There’s magic in the concept, and skill in the execution; subtle details go unnoticed until the acetate page turns and then you see the clues that were always there to make the pictures work so well. As with a good conjurer’s trick, each reveal is satisfying and impressive.
Highly Commended: Novelty Picture Book of the Year, Junior Design Awards, Junior Magazine, UK