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Supposingby Alastair Reid
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When you’re a kid, there are lots of things you’re not supposed to do. But what if you didn’t really do any of those things, what if you just imagined them? Then it wouldn’t matter if your supposings were silly, impossible, or even a little naughty—because they’re all just in your head. Alastair Reid’s book is a monument to the liberating power of unfettered thought. Here he reunites with a frequent collaborator, the famed illustrator and designer Bob Gill, to muse on the possibilities:
Supposing I read a book about how to change into animals and said a spell and changed myself into a cat and when I climbed on the book to change myself back I found I couldn’t read. . .
Supposing I had a twin brother but we never told anyone and only went to school half the time each. . .
Supposing a very beautiful lady fell in love with me and wanted me to marry her but I just yawned and said Maybe . . .
"In Gill's third release this fall (after The Green-eyed Mouse and the Blue-eyed Mouse and The Present), he brings his brand of scribbly line art to Reid's 1960 book in which a boy contemplates the consequences of a wide-ranging and eccentric array of possible actions. In some ways the book feels like an ancestor to Van Allsburg's The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (though it's vastly different in tone); the scenarios are (often surreal) springboards for readers' imaginations. The boy delights in confounding expectations ('Supposing I collected old hair from a barber shop and sent it in parcels to people I didn't like...'), but also in asserting his power, whether it's turning down the marriage proposal of a 'very beautiful lady,' or appearing on TV as an expert, but burping instead of answering a question. There's an understated but fitting whimsy in Gill's artwork: 'Supposing I could be any size I wanted to be...' is paired with a spread of striped rugby shirts in various sizes hanging on a rod, and when the boy imagines becoming a 'wise old professor,' Gill offers a loose portrait of Einstein. Ages 5 — 9. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Reid's book is a monument to the liberating power of unfettered thought. Here he reunites with a frequent collaborator, the famed illustrator and designer Gill, to muse on possibilities: the silly, impossible, or even a little naughty. Illustrations.
About the Author
Alastair Reid is a poet, translator, essayist, and scholar of Latin American literature. He joined the staff of The New Yorker in 1959 and has translated works by Pablo Neruda and Jorge Luis Borges. Among his many books for children are A Balloon for a Blunderbuss, I Keep Changing, Millionaires, Supposing, and Ounce Dice Trice (published by the New York Review Children’s Collection). In 2008 he published two career-spanning collections of work, Inside Out: Selected Poetry and Translations and Outside In: Selected Prose. He lives in New York.
Bob Gill is an illustrator and graphic designer. He has won numerous awards for his graphic design work; sold illustrations to Esquire, Architectural Forum, Fortune, Seventeen, and The Nation magazines; illustrated children’s books; and designed film titles. He lives in New York.
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