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The Other Side

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ISBN13: 9780811846080
ISBN10: 0811846083
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Staff Pick

Absolutely delightful, The Other Side is sure to please readers of all ages. If you haven't checked out this amusing story, give it a closer look!
Recommended by michelle, Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

In The Other Side, artist, designer, provocateur Istvan Banyai takes readers on another exceptional visual journey. In graphically stunning illustrations that feature many clever twists in point of view, familiar scenes turn and turn again to show us the back, the front, the top, the bottom, the opposite, the other side of each perspective. Here's a door. What's on the other side? Here's a shoreline. What's on the other side? Here's a curtain. What's on the other side? The answers may surprise you. Delightful, sly, funny, and challenging, The Other Side will make readers want to look, and think, twice.

Review:

"Like a Mbius strip, each page in this revelatory, nearly wordless book offers intimate perspectives on the same scene. In one of the simplest vignettes, the word 'loop' flips into 'pool,' and in another, a circular spotlight shape highlights a tiny red triangle in the center of a page, while 'the other side' pictures a yellow chick pecking through the paper. The initial pages encourage readers to seek a narrative, as in REM, Banyai's riff on dreaming, or Zoom, whose 'plot' involved infinitely expanding views on the world. At first, six diagrams demonstrate how to fold a paper airplane, an indoor view follows the plane out of an apartment window and an outdoor view shows a boy at an adjacent window, releasing a flurry of origami planes. The very next page pictures a jet flying over a city, and 'the other side' pictures its seated, bored passengers. Yet as the book proceeds, the images' connections grow more tenuous until unity is provided by only a few recurrent objects (a penguin, a spotted dog) and Banyai's hip style: graphite sketches enhanced with crisp digital colors such as stop-sign red, pale pink and hazard yellow. This volume's puzzles are not as densely intertwined as those in Banyai's previous work, but the author contrives yet another transformative page-turner. Ages 4-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Humorous. Graphic. Thought-provoking. Take a look! In

Synopsis:

In graphically stunning illustrations that feature clever twists in points of view, familiar scenes turn and turn again to show each perspective. Full color.

About the Author

Istvan Banyai, the acclaimed Hungarian-born creator of Zoom and Re-Zoom, and the illustrator of several other books for children, is also well known for his editorial illustrations, which have been published in the New Yorker and Rolling Stone, among other journals. His perspective, always unexpected (sometimes even to him), has made him one of the most original and iconoclastic illustrators today. He lives in New York and Connecticut.

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Kids Literati, November 14, 2006 (view all comments by Kids Literati)
he Other Side by Istvan Banyai is a visually dynamic and exciting book. There are little words in this book, and it is the graphic design that carries the reader along. Each illustration in the book has another side. As you turn each page over, you will be surprised by the unique perspective on "the other side".

The illustrations are amusing, thought-provoking, and surprising. The book is like a kaleidoscope, each page a reflection of the whole, yet showing a different angle and aspect. If you are a fan of creative graphic design and illustration than you will love twisting your mind around the journey of this book. This is also an ideal picture book for inquisitive young minds who love an independent story, but aren't readers yet.

I was captivated by this book from the beginning, but I fell in love with it when I saw the inside of the dust-jacket. It is a brilliant dust-jacket! The inside is the other side of the outside of the cover, and the cover of the hardback is yet another side of the picture. This is a well-designed, innovative, and smart book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780811846080
Author:
Banyai, Istvan
Publisher:
Chronicle Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Visual perception
Subject:
Concepts - General
Subject:
Stories without words
Subject:
Children s-Concepts
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
20050804
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from P up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, Y
Pages:
48
Dimensions:
10.14x7.62x.39 in. .80 lbs.
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
08-12

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Product details 48 pages Chronicle Books - English 9780811846080 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Absolutely delightful, The Other Side is sure to please readers of all ages. If you haven't checked out this amusing story, give it a closer look!

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Like a Mbius strip, each page in this revelatory, nearly wordless book offers intimate perspectives on the same scene. In one of the simplest vignettes, the word 'loop' flips into 'pool,' and in another, a circular spotlight shape highlights a tiny red triangle in the center of a page, while 'the other side' pictures a yellow chick pecking through the paper. The initial pages encourage readers to seek a narrative, as in REM, Banyai's riff on dreaming, or Zoom, whose 'plot' involved infinitely expanding views on the world. At first, six diagrams demonstrate how to fold a paper airplane, an indoor view follows the plane out of an apartment window and an outdoor view shows a boy at an adjacent window, releasing a flurry of origami planes. The very next page pictures a jet flying over a city, and 'the other side' pictures its seated, bored passengers. Yet as the book proceeds, the images' connections grow more tenuous until unity is provided by only a few recurrent objects (a penguin, a spotted dog) and Banyai's hip style: graphite sketches enhanced with crisp digital colors such as stop-sign red, pale pink and hazard yellow. This volume's puzzles are not as densely intertwined as those in Banyai's previous work, but the author contrives yet another transformative page-turner. Ages 4-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Humorous. Graphic. Thought-provoking. Take a look! In
"Synopsis" by , In graphically stunning illustrations that feature clever twists in points of view, familiar scenes turn and turn again to show each perspective. Full color.
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